Surprise surprise! In response to the planned boycott of online auction site eBay on May 1 the company has offered users a special price cut on … you guessed it, May 1.

eBay has announced a “special insertion fee for auction listings” of just 5p (about US 10c) – but, unlike the boycott itself, the 5p offer is for one day only.

As we have reported previously, the backlash started when eBay removed the ability for sellers to provide negative feedback about buyers. Under new rules introduced by eBay president and chief executive John Donahoe sellers can only leave positive feedback about those buying goods.

Angry users are concerned that the changes will make it difficult to alert other users to fraudulent or malicious buyers.