February 3, 2010
US House Committee to Debate Remote Sales Tax Policy
The Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing on Thursday, Feb. 4 to discuss various state tax issues, including the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP). <a href="http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/hear_100204.html">Click here</a> for more information on this week\'s hearing; <a href="http://www.ebaymainstreet.com/policy-papers/streamlined-sales-tax-projec... here to read eBay\'s point of view</a> on imposing remote sales tax collection burdens on small businesses.
February 1, 2010
eBay Community Supports Haiti Relief Efforts
As of February 1, the eBay Community had already donated more than $1.5 million to organizations providing relief and recovery services to those affected by last month\'s disaster in Haiti. Click here to see how you can contribute by buying, selling or making a donation via PayPal.
January 29, 2010
Main Street Members are Stars of New eBay Marketing Tool
Some impressive members of the eBay Main Street Community are featured in the new eBay brochure, "<strong>eBay: Empowering Small Business Entrepreneurs</strong>." The inspiring pocket brochure profiles successful eBay sellers and was designed to show lawmakers how eBay is enabling and empowering small business.
January 26, 2010
Anti Price Fixing Bill Passes House Subcommittee
A bill to prevent retailers from setting minimum prices passed the U.S. House Judiciary Committee last week. The "Discount Pricing Consumer Protection Act" (<a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.3190:" target="_blank">HR 3190</a>), passed the Competition Policy Subcommittee after much debate and with the strong support of eBay. eBay users often can buy and sell goods at prices far below conventional retailers. "When large manufacturers and their dominant retail partners engage in price-fixing, they burden consumers with inflated prices and rob the economy of the value provided by small business competition," said Tod Cohen, eBay deputy general counsel for government relations.
January 25, 2010
Poll: How do you prefer to receive eBay public policy news?
What\'s new? Look for new eBay Main Street polls every week or two. We want to hear from you! That\'s why we created a <a href="http://www.twitter.com/ebaygr" target="_blank" title="Twitter">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/eBayMainStreet" target="_blank" title="Facebook">Facebook</a> account, and why we\'re launching our first-ever member survey in February. Main Street members: look for the survey invitation in your email soon!
January 14, 2010
eBay Presents at NYC "Ticket Summit"
Dusty Brighton, Senior Manager of eBay Government Relations, represented eBay and StubHub this week before hundreds of leaders of the ticket community. The Ticket Summit, held in New York City, is the leading trade show and conference in the ticket resale industry. Brighton spoke to the community on issues ranging from industry mergers, closed loop ticketing, and fans\' rights. Read more about eBay/StubHub\'s position on ticket sales here.
January 13, 2010
Minds for Sale?
eBay employees and visiting Stanford Law School students were treated this week to a presentation by renowned Internet scholar, author and Harvard Law Professor, Jonathan Zittrain, at the company’s San Jose, CA headquarters. The presentation entitled, "Minds for Sale," touched on issues raised in Zittrain’s recent book, "The Future of the Internet...and How to Stop It." eBay’s Government Relations and Privacy teams hosted the standing-room-only event. For more information on “the engine that has catapulted the Internet from backwater to ubiquity,” check out <a href="http://futureoftheinternet.org/" target=_blank>Zittrain’s website & blog</a>.
January 7, 2010
Read our Policy Paper: "Frontier Economics: the Consumer Benefits of eBay"
Frontier Economics (Europe) carried out a study on behalf of eBay to compare the prices of a range of new consumer products sold on eBay against the price of comparable products sold in retail stores in the UK, Germany and France. The research indicates that buyers on eBay in Europe benefit from savings of around €1 billion per annum. <a href="/policy-papers/frontier-economics-consumer-benefits-ebay">Read more.</a>