EBay don't like you accepting cash because they don't get fees from a transaction that doesn't involve Paypal lol! They may claim they don't like cash transactions as it gives you no protection as a buyer or seller. But the truth of the matter, is that you're more "at risk" of repercussions if you accept Paypal on a collection item.
Yy to cash! You can't possibly be ripped off (unless it's forged, ha ha).
Never accept Paypal if the item is being collected - you have no proof that you despatched/delivered the item, and the buyer can claim they never received the goods and will win because you have no proof that you handed the goods over. And no, a signed piece of paper from the buyer saying they collected the item won't wash with Paypal, they want to see courier confirmations etc.
littlebit - you are absolutely right! I was multi tasking as I wrote the title (ie had ds yabbering into one ear while answering the "What's for lunch?" question to dh)
Thank you, Thank you for your replies. I understand Ebay don't want any cash transactions as it takes business away from them, but I've been caught out by buyers on Ebay in the past (I'm a bit too trusting) and I just wanted to check.
In the depths of their advice, Ebay say only to accept cash for.collection.items, even though you have to accept Papal on listings, so I specify cash only for collection in listing text, and refund any payment made by Paypal if they say they want to collect.