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eBay Germany boss doesn't trust PayPal

By Chris Dawson June 5, 2008 - 6:10 pm

German news weekly Der Spiegel reports today that the one-time head of PayPal Germany doesn’t trust PayPal payments for his own eBay sales. Frerk-Malte Feller was in charge of PayPal’s German arm until February, when he became head of auctions for eBay Germany; he on the site. The terms and conditions of these listings make very interesting reading, stating in both German and English:

If you pay with PayPal, I need copies of your passport/ID as well as from your credit card that you are using within PayPal (both sides). Please provide these documents as electronic scans immediately after the end of the auction. The tickets will only be shipped after you have provided these documents.

These additional terms are important, as PayPal will only protect sellers from unjustified chargebacks in accordance with the above. You as a buyer remain fully protected through PayPal’s Buyer Protection Policy. So both sides are well protected. ๐Ÿ™‚

Assuming that Der Spiegel’s identification of this seller with Frerk-Malte Feller is correct, then he’s in breach of the , as he hasn’t identified himself as an eBay employee. The seller also appears to be breaking UEFA’s ticket resale rules (see section 8).

If you read German, there’s an interesting thread on the German community forums about this, but so far apparently no official comment from eBay.

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