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 . . .