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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pennsylvania May Require eBay Sellers to Get Live Auctioneer Licenses


The state of Pennsylvania has begun to regulate sellers who sell other people’s items on eBay.

Ford Turner, Ebay sellers pushed to get auctioneer licenses, pennlive.com, Nov. 17, 2007 reports:

The state claims that people ***who accept things on consignment from other people and sell them using *** eBay — are auctioneers and must obtain traditional state auctioneers’ licenses.

The enforcement push means that online sellers would have to serve apprenticeships with traditional auctioneers or take college auctioneering courses.

At least two bills awaiting committee action in the Legislature were designed to deal with eBay auctioneering.***

Rob Wonderling, R-Montgomery, said there are more than 15,000 state residents who make most of their money by trading and selling on the Internet.

His bill would remove any requirement for licensing residents who use online trading platforms.***

Another bill in the state House of Representatives would require online sellers of other people’s items to register, pay a fee of about $100, and secure a bond that would cost about $50[.]***

Special thanks to Neil E. Hendershot, Esq. (Attorney at law, Goldberg Katzman, P.C., Adjunct Professor, Widener University School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.  Neil concludes that "[i]f a fiduciary in Pennsylvania decides to consign tangible personal property for liquidation through an online listing agent, like an eBay selling service, check for its auctioneer's license."


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