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Naked Noid
Barked: Tue Dec 20, '05 10:08am PST 
Wasn't quite sure where to put this but thought here was as good a place as any!

Ebay had been thinking about starting a live pet sales section starting in the New year but have now reconsidered that decision!

EBay backs off pet sales
Online auction site decides live animals not a good match
Verne Kopytoff, Chronicle Staff Writer

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

EBay backs off pet sales

A plan by eBay Inc. to allow live pets to be listed for sale on the online marketplace has been suspended after eliciting a barrage of criticism from the company's users.

The plan, revealed by an eBay manager on a message board Friday afternoon, was to create a live pets classifieds category early next year.

But after more than 2,000 users chimed in with feedback, most of it critical, eBay changed course. On Monday, the San Jose company said that it no longer intends to allow pets to be listed on the Web site.

Under the plan that was being explored, breeders could have put up listings, paying only a listing fee. Animal shelters could have listed pets for adoption for free.

Both parties in the transactions would have had to contact each other privately to complete the deals.

EBay spokesman Hani Durzy said the company heard the opposition loud and clear.

Users feared that allowing commercial breeders to list pets would encourage puppy mills, a business that has come under fire for sometimes raising animals in poor conditions. People buying dogs for fighting was also a concern.

"The feedback was pretty overwhelming," Durzy said. "Farms and for-profit commercial breeders wasn't something that they wanted to see."

Many users were also skeptical about allowing animal shelters to list pets for adoption because of the difficulty in differentiating them from more unsavory sources.

For years, eBay has prohibited the sale of live animals, except for fish and snails, on its Web site. Violators could have their listings canceled and their accounts suspended.

The rethinking of that policy, Durzy said, was spurred by the burgeoning sale of pet supplies on eBay and the potential that users really wanted a pet listing service. EBay may still add a new pet services category, where dog walkers and groomers could offer their serv

'It's all about- Me!'
Barked: Tue Dec 20, '05 10:20am PST 
Mom looked into this and while she's glad they seem to be backing off listing dogs on the US site, they already sell dogs through their Chinese and Mexican sites.


Be true to your- pack
Barked: Tue Dec 20, '05 1:13pm PST 
Thanks for posting Noid (and we loove to see that snowsuit being used)!

Yes, many pet forums got the news out and eBay received quite a few opinions. I understand that other countries may market pets through eBay, but I am glad it failed in the US - we have too many animals PTS each year without making it worse. It would also be a legal quagmire for eBay if they marketed animals that later attacked people.

Of course, eBay can come back every month with the same idea. Sad.


A Doggie Scholar
Barked: Tue Dec 20, '05 4:49pm PST 
Nani- (2001-2012)

I'm only- visiting this- planet.
Barked: Wed Dec 21, '05 5:24pm PST 
Grat news- thanks for sharing, Noid!

Stay warm,
♥- Mystique- ♥ RIP

Princes- s of- Trouble
Barked: Thu Dec 22, '05 5:30am PST 
Hey Noid

You cute handsome thing! Thanks for the info I was unaware of this and am glad that they decided against it. Puppymills are horrible and should be against the law. They mis-use animals all the way around and people should refrain from purchasing puppies through them. If everyone stopped buying dogs through puppy mills perhaps they would go out of business. Thanks again.

Silent Observer
Barked: Sat Dec 24, '05 3:12pm PST 
Thank Dog! This could have been a horrible disaster. eBay's decision to not go through with their plans probably saved thousands of animals' lives.