When I got
my North Carolina auctioneers license I was surprised at the
backlash from eBay when the State of North Carolina Auctioneer
Licensing Board exercised their rights to regulate people who
conduct auctions within North Carolina. In NC, like many
other States, eBay fraud is huge, costing consumers millions of
eBay and auctioneer licenses notes that eBay fought the
State successfully. I was told by the NC State auctioneering
licensing board that they did not want to drain their funds with
expensive litigation from eBay:
"Online auction users in North Carolina who were required to
get an auctioneer's license or face criminal charges were
granted a reprieve last week."
eBay auctioneer licensing policy notes that eBay does
not recognize the rights of States to regulate their citizens
with respect to electronic auctions, claiming that it will fail
to reduce the rampant fraud on eBay:
"Since eBay and eBay sellers perform functions distinct and non-equivalent
to those of traditional auctioneers, they should not be subject to the same
regulation and licensing requirements.
There is no evidence that imposing new regulations and licensing
requirements upon eBay or eBay sellers would provide any additional consumer
protection. Instead, any new regulations would impose unneeded costs and
burdens upon buyers and sellers alike."
Many States are fighting eBay's attempts to oppose the rightful
laws of States, and this articles on
Pennsylvania auctioneer licensing for eBay notes that eBay
is fighting to prevent licensing requirements. While it's
true that the law will require additional controls, it's all a
good thing for consumers, despite the resistance from online
"Barry Fallon, who operates an iSold It store in Pennsylvania, says
regulators in his state are forcing him to get an auctioneer's license to
operate his eBay drop-off store.
"To get a license in PA requires training and a one year apprenticeship
before we can open a store," Fallon said. "So if they succeed, we will all
have to close our doors for a year or pay someone with a license to oversee
Having been the victim of eBay fraud myself, I can state that eBay's fraud
support is dismal and their "we are only a venue" stance leaves millions of
defrauded eBay customers with little recourse. Should all States enforce
their rights to regulate their citizens who conduct auctions, stiff State
regulations would protect consumers.
Many victims of eBay fraud as well as real-world auctioneers are anxious to see
other States adopt protection for consumers.
This web page
show a 2015 status of states who require auctioneer licenses for eBay sellers.