eBay and PayPal are like peas and carrots. At least they were until PayPal was spun off into a separate company back in 2015.
Recently eBay announced it is adding its own integrated payment solution, which will include multiple payment options – and today we learned Apple Pay will be one of them.
Users of the eBay mobile app and the Safari web browser on desktop will eventually see the Apple Pay option when checking out. This means buyers won’t have to leave the eBay site/app in order to check out through an external platform like PayPal.
Apple Pay will be tested on a select group of Marketplace customers from this autumn, so it’ll be a while before Apple Pay shows up for regular purchases. Rivals Esty and Groupon already have access to Apple Pay, so eBay might want to get a bit of a wriggle on here.
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The new integrated eBay payment platform will be built by back-end experts Adyen and eBay will begin transitioning more customers between 2019 and the full rollout in 2021. By then it’s thought multiple popular payment options will be available to users, so we can expect the likes of Google Pay and Samsung Pay to show up at some point too.
“Apple Pay is one of the most ubiquitous forms of payments and provides users with an easy, fast and secure way to pay. Offering Apple Pay as a form of payment on eBay is the first step in providing more choice and flexibility in payment options to our tens of millions of buyers,” says Steve Fisher, eBay’s SVP of Payments (via Engadget).
Many predicted doom for eBay following the PayPal split. The payment platform had been propping up eBay’s revenues for a couple of years before the pair went their separate ways. eBay is attempting to return to solid growth and profits rose 7.7% in the last quarter.
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