Ebay, Etsy, Poshmark, OfferUp and Mercari have all joined forces to fight a new bill which would require them to post information about third-party sellers on their platforms.
Last week the US introduced the “Integrity, Notification and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces” act, or INFORM for short, aimed at tackling the growing issue of counterfeit sellers.
The INFORM act would require online marketplaces to display third-party seller information to consumers, including their name, address, email and telephone number of face potential penalties.
Leading retail groups including the ‘Buy Safe America Colation’, which includes Gap, Levi’s and Birkenstock, the Retail Industry Leaders Association and the American Apparel & Footwear Association have pledged their support for the act.
While INFORM would only apply to sellers with 200 or more sales totalling $5000 or more, the group of leading online peer-to-peer marketplaces believes the new rules would harm smaller sellers.
Ebay, Etsy, Poshmark, OfferUp and Mercari have now set up the Coalition to Protect America’s Small Sellers (PASS), in order to fight the act WWD reported.
“Requiring our sellers — many of whom are women casually selling items from their closets — to publicly disclose personally identifiable information is of great concern as doing so may compromise their privacy, security and ability to thrive,” PASS founding member and Poshmark vice president Amber McCasland said.
“We believe it is possible to achieve policy solutions that both consider and protect the interests of America’s small online sellers.”
Etsy’s head of US government relations Jeffery Zubricki added: “We are committed to working with policymakers to find creative solutions that protect both consumers and small businesses, but a one-size-fits-all approach to combating counterfeit or stolen goods threatens the makers and curators of unique and vintage goods that rely on marketplaces to build their businesses.”