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eBay traders boycott site over charges

Disgruntled eBay traders staged a boycott of the auction site yesterday in protest at fee rises. More than 450 professional users formed an online petition to complain about changes to its deal for ‘shop sellers’.

The subscription service provides a special deal for eBay traders who operate their own online stores which link into the site.

Last month, eBay said listing fees for them would rise from 3p flat rate to a sliding scale of up to 11p, depending on the item’s worth.

Their items will also be less visible to buyers.

Ebay’s Dan Wilson said: ‘We are not seeing any tangible strike action and are not worried about it.’ The protest follows similar campaigns in the US, Canada, Australia, Spain and France.

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