eBay's First-Ever Rewards Program Offers A Bit Too Much Honesty

In the 15 years since Web pioneer eBay began, the E-tailer has never bothered to have a rewards program. That changed on August 13, when it unveiled a 2 percent rebate on "most items purchased through the site with PayPal." Although the size of the rebate is certainly modest, eBay may have let a wee bit too much honesty show through in its statement.

"We're giving eBay's most loyal shoppers something special in return--money to spend on eBay," said Lorrie Norrington, president of eBay Marketplaces. Hey, the truth is the truth. We're simply used to marketers dressing it up a bit more. Then again, why pretend that eBay wants its customers to pocket these rewards?