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Should online buying/selling sites offcially allow teenagers under 18?Posted Friday, July 27, 2012, at 8:48 AM
I am purposely avoiding a name that most of you folks know Debbi and I use frequently use in order to try avoiding the folks who scan for that . We'll see how resourceful Phillip is. :-)
This major selling site is considering officially allowing young people under the age of 18 to open their own accounts with a few restrictions. Their restrictions probably will be more than the parents are giving them now, so....
They will also restrict what portions of eBay they can access, such as the adult section. Didn't know they had an adult section?
Another place that needs restriction is collectible alcohol memorabilia, since that can contain alcohol. Didn't know you could do that either?
Other than a few areas they should not access, are there any other negatives, or could it actually be beneficial in some ways?
The selling site never gave enough details to say if the younger folks could sell there. To me, that could be a real positive for students who need a part-time job but cannot take the extra hours to work a regular job, can't commute to it, or just plain can't find one.
I am a proponent of teaching entrepreneurship in High School and see this as a wonderful opportunity to teach something that they can create extra income or even full-time income. Even if they do not continue to use this particular selling venue.
The opportunity has been there before, but an adult always had to use their own account. This way they can be taught at school but they could actually do their listing at home. (when they are ready)
I doubt that there will be any major issues with young people knowing how to use computers or navigate the web. When our daughter was 17, she was teaching ME, so... they would be taught the idiosyncrasies of the site but most importantly business philosophies, marketing, accounting, etc.
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