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06-21-2011 06:48 PM

Have any of you guys messed with paypal before. I got a lady that is going to pay me to make her a bed and she is going to use pay pal to pay me. I was wondering if any of you guys have used paypal before and have you liked it or not. Any feed back will be helpful.

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#1 posted 06-21-2011 07:04 PM

She may be using it as a way to put the purchase on a credit card.

Paypal also in theory protects both buyers and sellers but as a practical
matter a buyer can screw you. Since Paypal accounts are tied to
banking accounts, Paypal does watch for criminal buyers scamming
sellers, so in general you’ll be safe. Be very cautious about international
dealings through the mail systems as recipients can easily game the
system to keep the goods and demand a refund through Paypal as
well. Within your own country such fraud is much less likely to be
a problem.

You’ll lose a bit of money in the transaction yourself, just like taking
credit cards, so you might want to pass that cost on to the buyer.

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#2 posted 06-21-2011 07:07 PM

I believe there’s a way for the buyer to send money as a gift, in which case Paypal doesn’t take its usual fees.

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#3 posted 06-21-2011 07:08 PM

I use it all the time to buy and sell things on eBay. It’s very secure and once you have the money in your paypal account, you can spend it from paypal or have it put into your banking account. Just make sure that if she intends to use a credit card through PayPal that you are aware of the paypal fees because they will take 3% out of your proceeds.

-- If it ain't broke, take it apart and find out why

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#4 posted 06-21-2011 07:15 PM

FYI—a good read

Just g00gle “payPal rip offs” and read all you want.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 06-21-2011 07:58 PM

I’ve used it for years and have not had problems, though I know people who have. It is possible to send the money as a gift which does not incur fees but I don’t know how that might affect any guarantees they offer and it also requires that the buyer be willing and able to do that.

If anyone wants to paypal you more than you ask for and have you send them the balance with their item, that’s a variant of a common scam and don’t do it.

I often use paypal when paying online companies that don’t take American Express, because I have the funds draw from my AmEx and then I get the cash back bonus for the purchase.

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#6 posted 06-21-2011 08:23 PM

Google for as well (or some similar site).


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#7 posted 06-21-2011 08:58 PM

Paypal works fine. If gift payment is sent the buyer isn’t protected (because it’s considered a “gift” or donation), and has no recourse if something goes wrong.

And about all those paypalsucks sites; I’ve been using paypal for years. My account has been limited several times (including once very recently). In every case it was MY FAULT that my account became limited. And in every case, I did what paypal asked and they were more than happy to unlimit my account.

I’m willing to bet the vast majority of those who post on the anti-paypal sites are the same who complain when they overdraft their bank account, and then blame the bank for charging them overdraft fees.

There’s definitely scams out there, just be cautious. If it’s a meet up transaction, I wouldn’t bother using paypal, or if you do, politely ask for a gift payment so it won’t be a hit and run (filing a dispute after she gets the bed and claims she didn’t get it). If it will be shipped, make sure to use a shipping service that’s trackable and signature required. Then a “didn’t receive” claim will be in your favor. Paypal is great and I’ll continue to use it. The key is to send and accept payments carefully and cautiously. Drive defensively, in a matter of speaking.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 06-21-2011 09:05 PM

I use it all the time for Ebay purchases. I’ve never had a problem. You’ll need to get your account “verified” by matching a tiny little deposit. I’ve had my identity stolen once, and I don’t think it was through PayPal. You should be fine.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 06-21-2011 09:24 PM

I use Paypal to purchase and sell things all the time. I’ve been a PayPal user for about 8 years and have never had a problem.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#10 posted 06-22-2011 01:26 AM

If you sell with Paypal , they take 3% so you might want to add that to the selling price….....Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 06-22-2011 01:53 AM

I’ve been using paypal for years and have only ever had one issue. This was because a ebay seller false advertised what they were selling and paypal wouldn’t block the transfer, they made me wait to get my money back until the dispute was resolved by ebay and they made the seller refund my money.

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#12 posted 06-22-2011 02:08 AM

Been using paypal since probably 13-14 years or ever since it first came out. Never had a problem, but I do make sure who I am buying from or who is paying me is not a scammer or have a bad reputation.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#13 posted 06-22-2011 05:06 AM

Have used it to accept $$ and make payments for years, build the fees into your cost and go ahead.

You may lose the customer if you don’t…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#14 posted 06-22-2011 05:34 PM

We have a fairly good little internet business selling through eBay and a couple other outlets. 95% of our payments are received through PayPal and we have had absolutely no problems with our transactions. Obviously there is a 3% fee, just like any other credit card type payment. Make sure you pass that along to the customer.

I’ve had a couple transactions that I’ve ended up having problems with. The buyer and seller protection is considerably better then our experience with Visa, both are well protected with PayPal.

PayPal is completely safe.

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#15 posted 06-22-2011 05:57 PM

it is the only way to go.,14 years and never a problem.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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