Goodbye PayPal, Hello Adyen – More about eBay’s latest announcement

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PayPal was purchased by eBay in 2002 for $1.5 Billion. For years, it had been the primary payments processing partner of eBay where 70% of all transactions were completed. 1 out of 4 auction listings was transacted through PayPal. In recent years, it had been faced with so many levels of competition. Now, eBay seemed to have abandoned Paypal. Nonetheless, the company said that PayPal will remain an important partner to eBay.

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Recently, eBay had announced to intermediate payments within their marketing platform. In line with this announcement, eBay has signed an agreement with Adyen to become eBay’s primary payments processing partner. The news was also sent out to all sellers on eBay.

While these changes had been announced recently, the full transition will not be effective immediately. The transition is expected to complete by 2021 but the intermediation will start this year, 2018.

“EBay said it will start the transition in payments processing later this year, with the majority of its marketplace customers using the new partner by 2021.”

Brett Molina, USA TODAY

What is Adyen?

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Adyen is a leading global payments processor that links directly to card systems and transaction methods around the globe, allowing businesses to receive payments and increase income online and in-store within a single process. Adyen started in 2006. If you were wondering about the name, it means “start over again” in Surinamese.

It won’t be a big surprise if you had never heard of them. Although they are already working with the biggest brands in the market like Netflix, Uber, Spotify,, Groupon, and Etsy. They are also working with massive industries such as Retail, Digital, Gaming, Airlines, Hospitality, and Ticketing. It seems that they keep their services under a low profile.

The changes in eBay’s payment system seek to simplify the end to end experience for both buyers and sellers. eBay sellers will benefit greatly from this new payment system with great expectations to look forward to.

“We believe that we can offer a more seamless experience while giving buyers and sellers more choice for payment and payout options,” said eBay Chief Executive Devin Wenig.

Peter Rudegeair, The Wall Street Journal.

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What can you expect from the new payment system:

Adyen calls their checkout process ‘Frictionless payment flows’, and that is a great way of putting it. Expect that payments are going directly to eBay’s site without any redirection to another site or require the need to register to another service. The methods that Adyen supports are countless, and worldwide.

  • Simplified pricing structure
  • Predictable access to funds
  • Reduced cost of payments processing
  • Centralized system to track and manage the business
  • Synchronized payments information

All that and more useful information can be found on Adyen’s homepage.

eBay will still carry on and allow consumers to use PayPal as an option for buyers upon check out until July 2023.

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The first-ever successful eBay managed payments transaction was recorded on September 24th, 2018. Sellers who opted-in to the beta phase are now beginning to receive payments directly through eBay. Unlike the case with PayPal, the sellers will not receive their money right away but will get daily payouts directly to their bank account.

Find out more about the new payment system, new fees, and eBay sellers’ experience in the guide to the eBay managed payments.

Written by Artem Zmitrovich

Artem is a versatile person with a wide range of knowledge and skills, good erudition. With his technical and soft skills, Artem is always happy to help.

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