June 10, 2011
French Bill Amended to Protect eBay Against Auctioneering Regs
Three years ago, the French Parliament proposed a draft bill aiming to subject eBay to the same regulation and licensing requirements as traditional auctioneers. This law would have put at risk the company’s liability, but more notably, our professional sellers’ businesses. Finally, on June 1, 2011, the French Parliament adopted the final draft bill which excludes eBay from the scope of traditional auctioneers.
June 9, 2011
Stormin’ Sacramento: eBay Sellers Speak Up to Protect Entrepreneurs
Eleven California sellers recently visited the State Capitol in Sacramento to meet with elected officials and promote protections for online entrepreneurs. Representing a broad range of businesses and product categories, the sellers met with more than 13 state legislators and Governor Jerry Brown\'s office.
June 8, 2011
The Making of an eBay Ad: Peek Behind the Curtain
Ever wonder what goes into creating an eBay commercial? Check out <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/ebayde#p/u/0/GdJdXcC4zV0" target="_blank">this YouTube video</a>, which takes you behind the scenes of the making of an eBay TV ad in Germany. The commercial is part of a new print, TV and social media <a href="http://www.sportswearnet.com/businessnews/pages/protected/show.php?id=42... target="_blank">campaign</a> to increase awareness of the wide range of new goods by professional retailers available on eBay.
June 7, 2011
Senator Franken Visits eBay HQ
Senator Al Franken (D-MN), seen here with eBay and PayPal Government Relations staff, paid a visit to eBay Inc.’s San Jose headquarters last week. The Senator’s visit came as part of a tour of numerous technology companies in Silicon Valley. Senator Franken is a member of the Judiciary Committee and chairs the newly-created Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law.
June 6, 2011
Taxpayers’ Group to U.S. Senate: “Oppose New Internet Sales Taxes”
Last week, the <a href="http://www.ntu.org/news-and-issues" target="_blank">National Taxpayers Union</a> (NTU) sent a letter to every Member of the U.S. Senate urging them to oppose legislation proposed by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) that would expand sales tax collection on the Internet by instituting the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA) on a national scale. The NTU not only opposes the SSUTA because it would increase taxes on e-commerce purchases and abolish the concept of sales tax competition among states, but also for the additional burdens that this proposal would place on small online retailers and entrepreneurs on the Internet. <a href="/files/NTU_Letter-to-Fiscal%20Conservatives-Main-Street-Fairness-Act.pdf" target="_blank" title="NTU_Letter-to-Fiscal Conservatives-Main-Street-Fairness-Act.pdf">Click here to read the NTU letter to U.S. Senators</a>.