June 25, 2009
Message to Members of Parliament: Stability is Key to Ending Recession
By Chris Dawson. eBay\'s Summer edition of the Online Business Index which was published today reveals that, despite the ongoing economic gloom, the outlook for online businesses is brightening. Over the last three months confidence is up, pressure on profit margins and prices has eased and more businesses expect stronger sales in the next quarter.
June 25, 2009
Rip off Britain is Back as Brands Get Shirty Over Prices, Say eBay\'s Traders
By Richard Tyler, UK Daily Telegraph, 22 Jun 2009. Rip off Britain is back, it appears. The surprise finding of an eBay poll of its online traders is that almost 50% have been prevented by the manufacturers of consumer brands from selling their goods at a discount to high street shops. It doesn\'t stop there.
June 24, 2009
Letter to the Editor: Internet Sales Tax Would Throw Wrench in Economy
In a letter to the editor of the Billings Gazette, James Cole notes that the proposed Streamlined Sales Tax Project leaves open the possibility of 15,000 different tax rates. "Imposing upon small businesses mandates that would increase their cost of operating will ultimately amount to an anti-stimulus plan..."
June 16, 2009
Are Stricter Internet Laws Coming to Your Neighborhood?
We know you care about laws and regulations affecting the Internet. Now there\'s an easy way to follow legislation that could limit your access to a free and open Internet. <a href="http://netchoice.org/iawful/">Internet Advocates\' Watchlist for Ugly Laws</a>, iAWFUL, tracks laws across the country and allows you to quickly find out if legislators in your area are trying to stifle your usage.
May 14, 2009
Paul Jones Joins as Global Director of Retail Partnerships
eBay Inc. today announced that Paul Jones, former vice president of asset protection at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, has joined eBay as global director of retail partnerships. Jones will work with eBay’s team of more than 2000 Trust and Safety professionals to bolster eBay’s ongoing efforts to prevent the sale of stolen goods through vigilance and strategic partnerships with law enforcement and retailers.
May 1, 2009
VP Cohen Testifies Before U.S. Congress
eBay Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Government Relations, Tod Cohen, has been busy making sure eBay\'s voice is heard in Congress. On May 19, Cohen <a href="/news-events/vp-cohen-testifies-us-congress">addressed the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights</a>. On April 28, Cohen presented before the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy. Both times Cohen spoke about the impact of the Supreme Court\'s 2007 decision in Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc. The decision has begun to undermine many of the consumer benefits, such as intrabrand price competition, generated by the open nature of the Internet.
April 29, 2009
Is eBay a “Special Interest"?
Yes, and we’re proud of it. According to a <a href="/dispatches/342">recent article</a> by Greg Casey, President and CEO of The Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), “Every American is part of one special interest or another, whether as a group or as an individual. The right to be a special interest is written into everyone\'s Constitutional right to petition government…” So don’t be afraid to ask your lawmakers to support the issues that matter most to you. One of the easiest ways to do it is by responding to eBay Main Street action alerts.
April 23, 2009
eBay Ensures EU Growth
eBay has been a leading force in EU e-commerce policy discussions and recently launched a version of eBay Main Street specifically tailored to EU countries. On March 20, 2009, Tod Cohen, VP and Deputy General Counsel of eBay Inc., <a href="/news-events/cohen-speaks-global-online-commerce-conference">traveled to Bulgaria\'s capital</a> to detail the opportunities and benefits e-commerce offers to both individuals and businesses.