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"Send me your PayPal details so I can avoid paying eBay"

(18 Posts)
AndDeepBreath Wed 09-Sep-15 20:46:56

... Made an offer on a buy it now or offers item, they've messaged saying yes to the lower price but send my PayPal details directly so they avoid paying eBay. Does anyone know if this is legal/a good idea?!

CocktailQueen Wed 09-Sep-15 20:50:41

Buyers don't pay ebay a fee!! Just sellers do.

Don't allow this. You won't have any protection if it goes wrong.

AndDeepBreath Wed 09-Sep-15 21:00:01

Thank you CocktailQueen! Thought it might be a bit dodgy, but new to it all smile will avoid!

yeOldeTrout Wed 09-Sep-15 22:51:55

If the seller invoices you then you will have Paypal protection when you pay (arguably better than Ebay protection).

But that said, it's all unsavoury. As a seller I have big resentments against Ebay HQ but not because they charge ridiculous fees. If they cheat Ebay, the might well cheat you too.

monkeyfacegrace Wed 09-Sep-15 22:54:05

I always accept lower prices in a private sale.

You are protected via PayPal regardless.

Rules schmules.

19lottie82 Wed 09-Sep-15 22:54:17

you won't have any protection if
it goes wrong.

Not true.

As long as you mark your payment as "goods and services", not "friends or family", you still get PayPal buyer protection.

Not that I'm advising purchasing goods off eBay, I'm just saying.....

Behooven Wed 09-Sep-15 22:55:42

Weird! I got this last week too, don't do it, dodgy

19lottie82 Wed 09-Sep-15 23:28:03

Behooven, why do you think it's dodgy?

AndDeepBreath Thu 10-Sep-15 11:52:10

Sorry, just seen these other replies!

So it's ok then as long as they invoice as goods and services?

I am still interested in the item so that would be great!

SistersOfPercy Thu 10-Sep-15 16:02:26

Dodgy? Lmao, it's not dodgy, it's just desperate sellers trying to avoid eBays ever growing fees.
As has been said above as long as the item is paid for with Goods and Services you are completely protected for 180 days.

AndDeepBreath Thu 10-Sep-15 16:05:30

Thanks Sisters smile probably once you've used eBay for a while you know this stuff - I'm brand new though - grateful for everyone's replies!

GudrunBrangwen Thu 10-Sep-15 16:25:52

I thought paypal was 45 days? Has that changed too?

19lottie82 Thu 10-Sep-15 18:01:50

Yes PayPal changed a while ago (over a year?) it's 189 days now.

19lottie82 Thu 10-Sep-15 18:02:12

180, not 189. Stupid fat fingers!

GudrunBrangwen Thu 10-Sep-15 19:03:04

Wow that's an improvement! maybe not for the sleepless seller

SistersOfPercy Thu 10-Sep-15 21:48:47

Yep 180. Sellers keep hold of those tracking details because unscrupulous buyers will bank on you throwing them out after a few weeks.

nauticant Thu 10-Sep-15 22:45:17

Although how the seller will argue against a Not As Described case 6 months down the line when the listing vanished months ago will be interesting to see.

SistersOfPercy Thu 10-Sep-15 23:10:56

I suspect it will be more 'not received' cases, though I wouldn't sell electric goods now as if they give up the ghost you could find yourself refunding after months of hard use.

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