For as long as people can remember, there has been a tight relationship between eBay and PayPal. In virtually every case, PayPal is a required option for anyone looking to sell items on the global auction site.

That situation will come to change in the near future, as eBay has announced its plan to ditch PayPal as its main payment option. It is a rather surprising turn of events, albeit one that could be quite positive for both companies.

It is evident that limiting a global auction site to one main payment method and two or three optional solutions is a bit problematic. Especially in this era of digital payments and competing financial services, there is no reason for eBay to tie its fate to PayPal whatsoever.

Even though the platform has made a big impact outside of the online auction industry as well, it’s still something which could hold eBay back in terms of its global appeal. The number of current payment options on eBay is somewhat limited.

Sellers are almost forced to enable PayPal, even if they would prefer to get paid via a wire transfer or money order. This has always been a problem, as users felt they never had a real say in the matter. Read more from…

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