EBay adds Paymate and Moneybookers as payments options

EBay adds Paymate and Moneybookers as payments options

Online auction site eBay is adding two new approved payments methods for its US customers after striking deals with Australia's Paymate and UK-based Moneybookers.

Both options will be made available from February, joining ProPay as third party providers offering an alternative to eBay-owned PayPal and credit and debit cards.

The decision to open up to alternative online payments providers comes after eBay decided to force buyers and sellers to use electronic transactions, scrapping cheques and money orders last year.

Paymate's integration comes despite its participation in a battle with eBay's Australian arm last year over plans to force Australian customers to use the PayPal service.

Paymate, alongside many others, including the Australian Bankers Association and The Reserve Bank, wrote to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to complain about the plans, which eBay eventually dropped.

However, the disagreement has not prevented the US partnership which Paymate hopes will enable it to crack the North American market.

Dilip Rao, managing director, Paymate: "Our integration into eBay is a recognition of our global credentials as a safe and secure payment provider, making it really easy for sellers and buyers to select Paymate as their preferred payment option."

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