Ebay traders strikeHundreds stage boycott over fees hike

15 August 2006

 

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Angry online traders have staged a one-day boycott of eBay in protest at fee hikes on the auction site.

More than 450 professional users formed an online petition to complain about changes to the website's deal for ‘shop sellers’.

The ‘shop sellers’ subscription service provides a special deal for eBay traders who operate their own online ‘stores’ which link into the auction site.

 But last month eBay announced that listing fees for shop sellers would rise from a flat rate of 3p to a sliding scale of 3p to 11p, depending on an item's worth.

No disruption

Ebay's UK community manager, Dan Wilson, said tens of thousands of people were registered as shop sellers in the UK.

He added: ‘We are not really seeing any tangible strike action and we are not that worried about it, although I don't want to dismiss the concerns of our customers.’

Ebay said the protest was not expected to disrupt the buying and selling activity of the site's 15 million UK customers.