eBay to Part Ways With PayPal, Bring Payments in House
We all must leave our parents one day and branch out on our own.
However, this is probably not what PayPal Holdings Inc. had in mind.
The company is surrendering its duties as the primary payment option for its former parent, eBay Inc.
On Wednesday, eBay announced that Adyen, a Dutch company, will take over as the main payments processor when the current deal with PayPal expires in mid-2020. The change will allow the platform to host more of the transaction process in house.
eBay was motivated to make a change by the desire to intermediate the transactions taking place on its site and to allow buyers and sellers to complete their business within one website (eBay).
“As a leading global commerce company, eBay believes that payments intermediation is strategically important to improve the buyer and seller experience on its platform and will enable the company to further innovate on behalf of its customers,” the company said in its statement. “In a rapidly changing and competitive e-commerce landscape, shoppers expect to be able to both shop and checkout on the site on which they transact. As eBay intermediates payments, shoppers will be able to complete their purchases within eBay.”
However, this will not be a total break between the two companies that were once attached at the hip. PayPal will remain an option for eBay users until the summer of 2023.
PayPal’s stock took a nosedive following the news. As of 9 a.m. on Friday in the company’s HQ of Palo Alto, CA. the stock had slid from $85.32 on Wednesday morning, down to $77.25 with brief rebounds along the way.
While the move may not have done any favors for PayPal’s stock, eBay is optimistic that it will be a boon for merchants that use the platform to sell their wares.
According to the release, most sellers can expect their costs of payments processing to be reduced after completing the transition. They should also enjoy a “simplified pricing structure and more predictable access to their funds.”Last modified: February 2, 2018