More new things happening in the near future -
eBay will have a new check-out system (details in another post)
eBay is changing their Affiliate program. Commission Junction is out, eBay Partner Network is in. Brief info is below; details coming in another post.
The new in-house network, which will launch on April 1, is designed to give affiliates better access to revenue opportunities across eBay Inc.’s global platforms
The new 'safe payment requirements' for PayPal payments start today - March 17th.
Here's the official eBay 'Safe Payment Requirements' announcement with all the details:
"Hi everyone, I'm John McDonald with the US Trust and Safety team. As Jim Ambach, VP of Seller Experience, outlined in his announcement in January, we're making some changes that are intended to make the buying experience on eBay better and safer. As part of this initiative, expanded safer payment requirements are scheduled to go into effect on March 17.
Since January 2007, all new sellers have been required to offer PayPal or a merchant credit card as a payment option to their buyers. On March 17, this policy will be expanded to sellers or items when they meet one or more of the following conditions:
the seller has higher than 5% buyer dissatisfaction rates
the seller has less than 100 feedback
the items are listed in categories with higher rates of buyer complaints, including: Gift Certificates, Video Games, Cell Phones, Computers and Consumer Electronics.
In addition, for a small number of transactions that have a higher risk of buyer dissatisfaction, we may delay the release of funds paid through PayPal. This hold will be placed on only a small percentage of transactions for up to 21 days. Then the funds will be released if there is no dispute. The funds may be released earlier if the buyer leaves positive feedback, or if PayPal can confirm delivery of the item.
Sellers enrolled in the PayPal Money Market Fund will earn interest on any pending funds in their PayPal accounts.
Your payments will not be held if you meet the following requirements:
You have been an eBay member for 6 months or more, and
Your total Feedback score is 100 or greater, and
Your buyer dissatisfaction percentage is less than 5%.
Your average DSR is 4.5 or greater and
Your have received 20 or more DSRs in the last 12 months.
I know that there have been questions among our Community about payment holds. Monroe Labouisse, my colleague at PayPal, explains holds in further detail on his post to the PayPal blog – I definitely encourage you to read it.
For more information about safer payment requirements in general, see the safer payments section of our FAQ."
John McDonaldeBay Trust & Safety