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Steve Mills

Should online buying/selling sites offcially allow teenagers under 18?

Posted Friday, July 27, 2012, at 8:48 AM
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  • I think that it is a bad idea simply because agreeing to purchase something on that site, is possibly considered as entering into a contract. And the law does not allow anyone under the age of 18 to enter into a contract.

    As for the adult section - yes there is one. But as we know, a seller can market something that is not kid-rated in almost any category. At least they used to. I haven't been on the site in years though.

    As being used as part as a class : that is a great idea. It would teach the students on how the market works. That is, as long as the teacher is responsible enough.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Fri, Jul 27, 2012, at 10:49 AM
  • There is no escaping Steve; "big brother" is always watching you, and eBay, particularly eBay ...

    Anyway, this is simply another demonstration of eBay's utter desperation for revenue; after all, they can't keep "lowering" the fees payable by merchants; and that's apart from the fact that any contract entered into directly with such minors is unenforceable ...

    I suspect that even Wall Street will get a laugh out of this latest nonsense from the headless turkeys running around in circles, bumping into each other, in the eBay Dept of Spin; that is, when they aren't furiously peddling the hot air machine ...

    Best you first teach those students how to recognise the unscrupulous shill bidding sellers that eBay has knowingly "kitted out" to prey on them ...

    "Shill Bidding Fraud on eBay Auctions: Case Study #5"


    eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking

    -- Posted by PhilipCohen on Fri, Jul 27, 2012, at 11:30 AM
  • You brought a smile to my face Phillip even though we don't often see eye to eye. Beth didn't mention eBay so either you are watching this blog now (enjoy the ramblings?) or you have a wide search parameter.

    For some reason I think you are in Australia, so if I ever get over there, I would like to meet eye to eye sometime.

    Beth, while there is a legally binding contract implied, rarely, has a buyer been forced to complete the transaction. Maybe on eBay motors but eBay pretty much lets buyers backup on anything. It is called their buyer protection plan.

    Not so for the seller, who has to cross a number of t's and dot i's to be protected, somewhat. It is not the same old eBay you might have known from years ago, BUT it is still the most productive selling market, so we learn how to play in their sandbox.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 27, 2012, at 5:31 PM
  • Steve, It's called RSS ...

    By all means drop in if you ever get to Sydney, Australia; let me know at formset@exemail.com.au ...


    -- Posted by PhilipCohen on Fri, Jul 27, 2012, at 8:48 PM
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