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04-25-2008 05:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: paypal

While reading the form topic Lumberjocks Site Support- Lets Reinforce the Joint! it became apparent that there is or has been some less than stellar experiences with PayPal. Bill mildly rebuked me (rightfully so) for asking the question there .

1. What exactly is wrong with using PayPal?

2. If not PayPal then what else?

Let’s try to keep this to real experiences you may have had; NOT others blogs across the web. I would like to hear your own first hand experiences not turn this into a hate fest. If I were to make the jump into woodworking full time how would I accept payments and such without a full blown business operation?

I.E. Credit card machine, etc..

I personally have had nothing but good experiences with the service…

Looking forward to your insight..

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 04-25-2008 05:20 PM

I’ve used PayPal for quite a few years without incident. I appreciate the convenience and maintain a small balance there just for things like regular donations to LJ. I’ve read lots of articles about people being scammed by folks pretending to be PayPal, but I can’t say I’ve seen much about PayPal itself. So, I too, don’t fully understand the reluctance.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 04-25-2008 05:40 PM

I’ve used Paypal for quite a few years and haven’t had any problems at all.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#3 posted 04-25-2008 05:49 PM

Russell, Is indeed correct – Paypal is not the issue. The Paypal or Bank Card “suspect” Emails ARE——Many are phish ( transmittals that will direct you to a fraudulent site. You can always right click on an incoming email address and you can obtain routing and origins.

The scam is the typical phish emails that are sent appearing as paypal that “con” people. Paypal is owned by Ebay. If you use your checking account or credit card you still have a 30 -60 day window in which to dispute that bill with your institution. They will immediately credit your account while they investigate the details.

I have used paypal since its inception WITHOUT incident!

Caution must always be used when transmitting any personal information accross the net, even telephone.

A very good program to install on your computer is McAfee Security – it is programed to detect phish emails as well as spam.

One last caution: NEVER buy anything or transmit personal information on a public computer (if you must clear the cookies before you exit) -

Also if you use a wireless card and a notebook and you are on a public WiFii——use firewall setting provided by your browser, windows. The McAfee program will send a popup to you if someone is trying to log on to your notebook on a public WiFi.

In my opinion, Paypal when used properly is as secure as the ATM machine you use in a lot less secure environment!

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#4 posted 04-25-2008 05:50 PM

I’ve used PayPal since day one. No problems at all.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 04-25-2008 05:58 PM

I use paypal all the time ,never had a problem

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#6 posted 04-25-2008 06:00 PM


I’m using

For 60$/year they let you process credit cards by phone (you can use the cell phone so you can go to art shows and accept payments). If you sell few items, this is perfect.

There is no problem with paypal but they charge more.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#7 posted 04-25-2008 06:10 PM

A few years ago i swiched to paypal only in my ebay listings. Have never had a problem. Its a small fee on the seller, but your bank would charge you a monthly fee for you to be able to take credit cards. I would still take a check though if someone contacted me first, but would make them wait till it cleared. I have the PP debit card & as soon as the people pay, I can access the funds…. unless they pay with an echeck, then it takes a few days. Id say go with it. Just watch for the phishing emails or even phone calls. & dont hesitate to call paypal with questions & suspicions.

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#8 posted 04-25-2008 06:12 PM

I use it for ebay purchases mostly and have had no problems.

I do recall being contacted once about a possible security issue, and of course I was immediately suspicious of a phishing scam. But customer service was excellent at providing me a way to contact them and go through all sorts of safeguards (and I forget the details) so that I could be confident everything was on the up-and-up.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 04-25-2008 06:36 PM

I use PayPal regularly, a few times a month at least and have never had a problem.

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#10 posted 04-25-2008 07:02 PM

Patpal will never contact you by email about your account , if you get a email from them they want you to forward it to their fraud deptment.What ever you DO DONT GIVE ANY PERSONIAL INFO. TO WHO ever sends you that email ,send to pay pal

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#11 posted 04-25-2008 07:07 PM

Hi Chris

I use PayPal all the time. My wife and I have had an Ebay business for seven years and 80% of our sales are paid for thru PayPal. We average $1500.00 + in sales every month. Not once have we ever had a problem selling or buying thru PayPal. If you have a problem they have a phone number where they will call you back in less than one minute! AND they speak English where you can understand them!

Like Bill said the scams come from Emails, both PayPal and Ebay. If you have a concern call or Email them. Never open them!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 04-25-2008 07:12 PM

I have never had any problems with Paypal. But I don’t use it very often. But my wife helps in keeping the mail system and UPS running with her Ebay purchases- all of which are done through Paypal.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 04-25-2008 07:39 PM

I have used PayPal for years never a problem…very convenient as a matter of fact!


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#14 posted 04-25-2008 08:21 PM

Paypal is too nosy and controlling.

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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#15 posted 04-26-2008 12:54 PM

I prefer Paypal. The seller never sees your card info. If there’s a dispute, it gets handled. Been using it for years without a hitch.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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