I’m pretty upset I never got in on the Bitcoin early, I keep reading stories of people buying bitcoin on eBay or other places and it’s upsetting. People were selling them as low as $10 I have seen, probably even lower. Did you ever buy them cheap on an auction site? I want to hear your story.
Now it looks like they don’t sell bitcoin anymore on eBay, it’s more hardware or software, real gold plated coins etc. I think Bitcoin is a real threat to Paypal, although seem to be sort of embracing it but I think it’s more out of fear.
Here is an exerpt from the eBay forum on the subject:
Although it’s obvious to many people out there that ‘digitally delivered goods’ are a no-no to sell on eBay, it may not be immediately obvious that you cannot protect yourself from applying to this policy (and from scammers) by utilizing physical shipment methods. Some of these methods include the sale of a physical coin (such as a penny) or a physical wallet preloaded with BTC.
After speaking on the phone with eBay listing policy management, and the PayPal claims department, any hopes of legitimately and safely selling Bitcoin here have been successfully erased. I was told by the eBay rep that I’m not allowed to list Bitcoin. That much is obvious; but what about selling it in a more legitimate sense? What about selling it like a gift card via a paper wallet? I was informed this too is a shaky practice at best.
The final blow to my hopes was decided after speaking with PayPal. I recently sold a few Bitcoins and had two very similar cases opened against me stating very suspiciously similar things: claiming they had not authorized these transactions and their account must have been ‘hacked.’ They both claimed they had ‘never heard of Bitcoin’ and one even threatened me before opening the case. These two (eelaroc, lunarbaby22) are scammers, plain and simple. I called in regarding these disheartening cases and was bluntly told PayPal does not support Bitcoin in any form, paper wallet or otherwise.
You’re basically putting yourself at risk whener you decide to list Bitcoin, no matter what form or how you attempt to protect yourself. I learned my lesson
So ya, it was nice being able to have a mainstream company sell bitcoins while it lasted but that’s ok. There are some solid places to buy bitcoin now so it’s ok. Maybe they will jump back on board when they can’t deny it.
I don’t know what this post is trying to present more than, getting nostalgic about eBay selling Bitcoins and wondering what’s going to come of it in the future.