I've always bought and printed my postage from paypal but whenever I received something I've bought on Ebay it always has stamps etc from post office. Am I missing something? It's so convenient to print the label with postage on why doesn't everyone do it?
I have no idea how to do it, but even if I did, I don't own a printer! Lots of people use their phones to eBay things so presumably printing would be difficult. Does it count as proof of postage though?
I never print the label as I'm worried I wouldn't pay the correct amount - I don't own scales so have been estimating postage from looking at other items for sale and have been pretty accurate so far, but I like to go to the PO and get it weighed.
As you still need to go to the PO to get your pop stamped I say it's way better to actually let the PO have your business. The PO is still handling your parcels yet not getting the full amount for them as they would if you were actually buying the postage from them. This kind of thing could contribute towards a PO being closed down - this is why many refuse to use paypal for their postage.
I always buy it on-line via the paypal / royal mail website. It counts as proof of postage when I get it stamped at the post office. I just weigh it on my electric scales so I get the weight correct.
I've never had a dispute with a buyer, I wonder if it's because they can't muck me about as they can see it's a paypal stamp and I will have proof of postage. Or it might be luck. Whatever it is it's working. Saves me having to use cash too.
Sometimes if I'm really skint and have sold loads of stuff it's easier than having to use all my spare cash (hard times). The postage is paid for using the funds from the transaction so I don't have to worry about having enough money. I think the buyers also get a e-mail from Paypal saying that postage has been purchased so their parcel is on it's way.