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13yo DS selling on ebay.

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LynetteScavo Wed 24-Oct-12 21:29:35

DS has just told DH he has listed his phone and scooter on ebay.

I've found the phone, but not the scooter. (He isn't even bloody capable of wrapping up and posting a scooter.)

How do I go about telling ebay and paypal he is only 13?

DH is the calm one and said nothing to DS

I am the ranter and ebayer and have said I will sort it. But how???

And how do I handle this with DS?

Knowsabitabouteducation Sat 27-Oct-12 13:00:42

He sounds like a but of an entrepreneur.

How about asking him how you can help him be a good Ebayer?

flow4 Sun 28-Oct-12 21:34:00

I have a friend who supported his DS(13) to sell things on ebay. I was a bit hmm because really you legally have to be 18 to be an ebayer, don't you? But they agreed some ground rules, including (a) he always had to talk to his dad first about what he wanted to sell, and (b) he could only ever, ever sell his own stuff! It became quite a focus for him, because he would not just sell things, but also fix/repaint/generally do up things to sell. Now, 2-3 years on, he is definitely a budding entrepreneur, and my friend no longer has to give him pocket money! grin

mumblechum1 Thu 01-Nov-12 02:33:59

The difficulty is that because he's under 18 he isn't capable of entering into a contract, so if there's a problem the buyer can't sue him but is likely to sue you as you are vicariously liable.

Presumably he's using your paypal account?

I would nip this in the bud sharpish tbh.

LynetteScavo Wed 14-Nov-12 21:50:49

No, he wasn't using my paypal account, he has not got access to it! He set up his own paypal account!

We have spoken...he is going to use mine or DH's accounts in future to sell things. But I don't actually know how to shut down his paypal account. All I know is his email account. If anyone knows how I can contact paypal to let them know atm he shouldn't have an account on this address,so it can be permanently shut down, that would be appreciated.

mumblechum1 Sat 17-Nov-12 10:02:42

You'll probably have to phone Paypal. They're q helpful, you send them an email and they call you straight back iirc. I spent ages on the phone to them one time when I got in a muddle and they were v patient.

Just FYI, I was recently involved (as a lawyer) in a case where an underage girl sold an expensive piece of kit on ebay which turned out to be faulty and her parents ended up in court, found liable and now have a county court judgement against them and therefore credit blacklisted.

So if he's going to use your account to sell things, you need to be very careful about his descriptions of the items and be prepared to take responsibility if anything goes wrong.

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