No, the main difference is the payment method. Amazon has my credit card on file; Whenever I buy anything through a 3rd party, Amazon handles the transaction. No muss, no fuss — and no additional fees.
eBay, on the other hand, adds yet another middleman to the simple process of paying for an item: Paypal.
Unfortunately, Paypal has a terrible reputation, dating back to the days before eBay bought them. Now, Paypal is now a major profit center for them. While that’s terrific from an investor’s standpoint, when I interact with eBay as a consumer, its a big pain in the arse.
What’s worse is that many eBay merchants often appear at a quick glance to accept Master Card / Visa / American Express — when in fact they don’t. Have a look at these two items:
The sure as hell look like they take Visa to me. Its only on closer inspection that you see that PayPal, funded via a credit card, is what they
Maybe its my Manhattan conditioning: All thos eyears of looking for these logos in restaurant doors or windows.
I’m quite surprised the major credit card companies tolerate their logos being used in this manner . . .
Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.