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Does Selling on eBay Make You an Auctioneer?

auction auctioneerPennsylvania enhances its bad reputation for being anti-business by threatening a stay-at-home mom with $10 million in fines for selling items on eBay without having an auctioneer’s license. The commonwealth is deciding whether to require an electronic auctioneer’s license (with a licensing fee) or to permit online auctions without such a license.

You can read more about it at philly.com in Bob Fernandez’s article titled “Pennsylvania takes on online auctions.”

What to learn from her experience? Here are three lessons:

1. Vote with your feet by moving to a pro-business state.

2. The government is always looking for ways to control you through regulation and/or taxation.

3. Put the proper legal safeguards in place so that you don’t become the next victim of bureaucracy run amuck.

Mike Young, Esq.

Author Mike Young, Esq.

Mike Young has been practicing business and technology law since 1994 and is an angel investor in startups. He's been an entrepreneur since 1988. To get legal help from Attorney Young, click here now or call 214-546-4247 to schedule a phone consultation.

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