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PayPal Investigated Over Potential Market Dominance in Germany

Tuesday January 24, 2023. 12:20 AM , from Slashdot
Germany's cartel office regulator said on Monday it had initiated proceedings against payment company PayPal Europe over the possibility that it hindered competition. Reuters reports: The subject of the proceedings was PayPal's rules for extra charges and the presentation of PayPal in the terms of use for Germany, the watchdog said. The regulator is investigating in particular rules that say merchants may not offer their goods and services at a lower price to customers who choose a cheaper payment method than PayPal.

PayPal demands that sellers do not express a preference for other payment methods or make their use more convenient for customers, according to the antitrust watchdog. 'These clauses could restrict competition and constitute a violation of the prohibition of abuse,' said cartel office chief Andreas Mundt in a statement. 'We will now examine what market power PayPal has and to what extent online merchants are dependent on offering PayPal as a payment method.'

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