October 8, 2010
eBay Applauds Lawmakers’ Efforts to Exempt Small Business from New Tax Bill
On September 16th, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Congressman Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D-CA) sent a <a href="/files/Small-Business-Exemption-Support-Letter.pdf" target="_blank">letter to leaders of the House Judiciary Committee</a>, urging them to reject any attempt to advance H.R. 5660, legislation expanding sales taxes on the Internet, unless a robust small business exemption is added to the legislation. eBay appreciates the support that these Members of Congress have shown for the hundreds of thousands of small online retailers and entrepreneurs that would be impacted by the new tax burdens of the proposed bill.
October 5, 2010
eBay, Microsoft, and Intel Advocate for Federal Privacy Legislation
On Monday, eBay along with Microsoft and Intel sent a letter to Chairman Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Ranking Member Ed Whitfield (R-KY), the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, in support of Chairman Rush’s initiative to enact comprehensive privacy legislation. Over the years, eBay has advocated for strong federal privacy legislation that not only ensures consumers’ trust and confidence in ecommerce, but also encourages innovation and growth on the Internet. <a href="http://www.ebaymainstreet.com/news-events/ebay-microsoft-and-intel-advoc... here</a> to read more information and find a link to the official letter.
October 4, 2010
Scott Griggs at the 2010 eBay Top Seller Summit
<p>Scott Griggs, president of Trainz.com, talks to us about his eBay business and the impact that Internet sales tax legislation (H.R. 5660) would have on his business and others like his. He was just one of many top eBay sellers to attend Government Relations Day at the Top Seller Summit in Washington D.C., September 15, 2010.</p>
October 1, 2010
eBay Applauds Denial of 6.7% Postage Increase
In July, the United States Postal Service requested that the Postal Regulatory Commission approve a special rate increase on a wide range of USPS services, including a 6.7% rate increase on package shipping services. eBay participated in the Postal Regulatory Commission review of the USPS rate increase request, opposing the proposed rate increase because the additional costs would negatively impact hundreds of thousands of small business retailers and e-commerce entrepreneurs who rely on the Postal Service for quality and affordable shipping services. We are pleased that the Postal Regulatory Commission heard the concerns expressed by eBay and a number of other concerned entities and announced yesterday it has denied the USPS’ special rate increase. <a href="http://www.ebaymainstreet.com/news-events/ebay-applauds-denial-67-postag... here</a> to read more and the full comments submitted to the PRC.
September 24, 2010
eBay CEO: “New Internet Taxes Would be a Small Business Job-Killer”
“In order to support small businesses, any new online tax collection that emerges should exempt small businesses, and only the largest Internet retailers should face this new burden,” said John Donahoe, CEO of eBay Inc., in a recent letter to the editor of the San Jose Mercury News. <a href="http://www.ebaymainstreet.com/news-events/ebay-ceo-new-internet-taxes-wo... here</a> to see the full letter and to read more about how e-commerce creates opportunity and jobs for sellers, and real value for consumers.
September 21, 2010
eBay CEO Discusses the Green Economy and eBay Businesses
On Tuesday, September 14th, the eBay Green and Government Relations teams hosted two successful events in Washington, D.C. with John Donahoe, eBay\'s CEO. The setting was an intimate breakfast discussion with senior environmental NGO leaders, and a larger panel discussion on the environmental benefits of peer-to-peer ecommerce. <a href="
http://www.ebaymainstreet.com/news-events/ebay-ceo-discusses-green-econo... here</a> to read more.
September 17, 2010
eBay Lawyer Named “Most Influential” in Intellectual Property
Dan Dougherty, Senior Director and Associate General Counsel of eBay Inc. has been named one of the 25 Most Influential People in IP (Intellectual Property) Law by The American Lawyer magazine. As eBay’s top IP attorney, Dougherty oversees the company’s legal work related to trademarks. <A href="http://www.ebaymainstreet.com/news-events/ebay-lawyer-named-most-influen... here</a> to read more about Dan and the award.