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AN ANONYMOUS TIPSTER who alerted the Australian competition watchdog about Ebay's proposal to force its users onto the Paypal payments system was none other than Google.

Ebay had applied to get immunity from prosecution under the Trade Practices Act ahead of the Paypal changes.

The watchdog had received a 38-page anonymous report from a whistleblower in which the move was dubbed 'anti-competitive'.

However, when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website printed the report it took David Bromage, a disgruntled Ebay user and model train enthusiast from Canberra only a few seconds to discover who the complaint was really made by.

Peering at the meta data in the downloaded submission, which was posted as a PDF document, he found this nugget: "Microsoft Word - 204481916_1_ACCC Submission by Google re eBay Public _2_.DOC".

The ACCC received the submission as a Word document, removed the author's name as requested, and converted the file into a PDF for posting on the website.

When Bromage started to tell world + dog about Google's involvement, the document was pulled and has since been replaced by one less revealing. µ
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Though I love paypal, ebay screwed up. =|
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Does anyone have a copy of the PDF?
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Go Google! Paypal is just a huge scam, and Ebay is just about as bad.
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I dont really hate them

but eBay AND paypal charge fees when shopping

thats just plain dumb


Thats like paying to get into a store, then paying when you buy stuff...... oh wait, theres costco and sams club....
    
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reminds me, i need to cancel my paypal account
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I dont really hate them

but eBay AND paypal charge fees when shopping

thats just plain dumb


Thats like paying to get into a store, then paying when you buy stuff...... oh wait, theres costco and sams club....
Yea but with those, you usually pay a relatively small "entry" free but make up for it in the saving you get when you buy a bunch of crap in bulk at those places. If you shop alot in those stores then it's a good deal, but not if you're just the occasional shopper.
    
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Originally Posted by XFreeRollerX View Post
I dont really hate them

but eBay AND paypal charge fees when shopping

thats just plain dumb


Thats like paying to get into a store, then paying when you buy stuff...... oh wait, theres costco and sams club....
huh? I've never had to pay extra for doing the shopping on there.
the seller has to pay the fees to list the item and then the receiver of the money has to pay the fees to get that money from paypal.
the actuall buyer pays nothing unless the sellre jacks up the price.
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Paypal is awesome.
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38-page anonymous report
they have too much time on their hands...

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Peering at the meta data in the downloaded submission, which was posted as a PDF document, he found this nugget: "Microsoft Word - 204481916_1_ACCC Submission by Google re eBay Public _2_.DOC".
Does anybody know how to code any more?!? Stupid ACCC, if they were being lazy they could have just hit CTRL+F and looked for the word "google".
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