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eBay considering loyalty subscription service to rival Amazon Prime

eBay considering loyalty subscription service to rival Amazon Prime

Ever since Amazon first launched its Prime subscription service it is has grown in popularity, starting out as unlimited quick delivery and expanding into the media content we see today. Well, eBay is looking into a similar subscription-based loyalty plan, taking on Amazon in the fast, free shipping area. Called eBay+, the company is already testing the service on a limited basis in parts of Germany, with plans to launch nation-wide by the end of the year. eBay buyers who become subscribers pay a yearly fee in exchange for free shipping and returns on all items they purchase.

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PayPal ordered to pay $25 million over deceptive practices

PayPal ordered to pay $25 million over deceptive practices

PayPal, used by online merchants and shoppers to send and process payments, has just settled a federal lawsuit from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) over alleged deceptive practices in its "Bill Me Later" program which is now known as PayPal Credit. PayPal will be returning $15 million to customers who lost money due to PayPal's practices, and a $10 million fine has been levied against PayPal, going towards the CFPB. After the settlement, PayPal will be required to correct its consumer disclosure policies, making them "clearly and prominently" displayed to consumers.

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Google tipped to show “Buy” buttons in mobile search results

Google tipped to show “Buy” buttons in mobile search results

This latest insider info will surely ruffle Amazon's and eBay's furthers. Sources familiar with the matter claim that Google will be slowly rolling out a new feature on its mobile search results that will show a "Shop on Google" for sponsored search results, which will take users to a new page to make tweak the order and make a purchase. This dangerously encroaches on the territory of the two largest e-tailers but it could also sour Google's relationships with other retailers already paying Google for some prime spots on its search results.

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Facebook pushes further into eBay, Craigslist ‘for sale’ space

Facebook pushes further into eBay, Craigslist ‘for sale’ space

When you want to buy something gently used, you might turn to a site like eBay, or take your chances with Craigslist. Recently, Facebook began venturing into this territory, formalizing the buy and sell experience via groups. A novel idea, but ultimately a contained environment within your Facebook experience. A new discovery shows Facebook is trying to peel those ‘for sale’ groups away from the shadows and bring them to your main page, showing you a list of all items for sale in groups you belong to.

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PlayStations with Silent Hills “P.T.” game banned from eBay

PlayStations with Silent Hills “P.T.” game banned from eBay

In the recent past there was a lot of excitement surrounding the playable trailer "P.T." and the promise of a new game called "Silent Hills". Everything about it was great right up until the moment when Konami decided to cancel the game and break a collective bunch of hearts. Joining the announcement was removal of the "P.T." trailer/game, meaning those who hadn't downloaded it were entirely out of luck. Many who had downloaded it did exactly what you'd expect: ran to eBay with their consoles, where their listings were promptly squashed.

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Apple Watch scalpers selling pre-orders on eBay for over $2,000

Apple Watch scalpers selling pre-orders on eBay for over $2,000

It seems to be a tradition with the release of each new Apple product, but is never more apparent than when the first generation of a device makes its debut. Of course, I'm talking about buying one the moment it becomes available and then selling it on eBay for a huge profit. Like each new iPhone and iPad that come in the years before, the Apple Watch does not disappoint in this regard. Apple's website was bombarded with pre-orders the moment they became available, and more than a few have ended up on eBay with high mark-up prices.

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eBay and Sotheby’s partner, will live stream auctions

eBay and Sotheby’s partner, will live stream auctions

Auction house Sotheby's and eBay have struck a partnership that will see the latter service's online platform being used to auction off goods from Sotheby's live, presenting an opportunity for eBay users to score some coveted antique from the comfort of their desk. This is part of eBay's live auctions platform, and though Sotheby's won't be holding its first auction through the service until the first of April, it is presently up for users to check out and to slip in an advanced bid or two.

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iPod Classic selling online secondhand for up to $1,000

iPod Classic selling online secondhand for up to $1,000

This was the year that Apple finally discontinued the iPod Classic, its traditional mp3 player that featured the iconic click-wheel we were all familiar with before touchscreens. It looks like some people are desperate enough to get one to spend over double the $249 selling price they were available at before September. Did these people forget that the Classic was available for four years in its last form, having not been updated since late 2010?

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iPhone 6 “prototype” reappears as “unfinished” model, now sold

iPhone 6 “prototype” reappears as “unfinished” model, now sold

Talk about strange. An iPhone 6 that was once billed as a prototype has reappeared on eBay and, unlike that attempt, this one actually got sold. What was different this time, you may ask. Simply the fact that the owner this time around called the device an "unfinished" model of an iPhone 6 rather than a scary sounding prototype that was leaked out. Perhaps that subtle change was what turned it into a success. Or perhaps it was the claim that Apple was the one that verified it.

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