Online auction service eBay is moving to protect sellers in the trading card market, shifting the site’s return policy to avoid conflicts between buyers and sellers which can occur when the card’s value decreases significantly over the course of the 30 days eBay offers buyers to return most items. Sellers have complained that the longer timeline of the old policy rewarded buyers who had second thoughts after their card dropped in value, making it less of an investment and easier to inexpensively replace. The new policy, announced today, is effective July 29, and applies to claims arguing that the wrong item was received.
While some sellsers have their own return policies in place, even those who don’t accept returns can be compelled to in special circumstances. eBay offers flexibility for buyers who claim they never received their item, or what they received was not what they paid for.
You can see the new policy, laid out in a tweet from The Action Network’s Darren Rovell, below.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 21, 2021
In its early days, eBay had a reputation as someplace where you could get unlicensed or bootleg merchandise, and where any given sale might be suspect, since it was all peer-to-peer selling at a time when that was highly unusual outside of a small, local ar
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