Posted by Chuck on April 20, 2018
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Published on April 20th, 2018 | by Chuck

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Things to Know about eBay and Paypal

[Updated and reposted 4/20/18 – if you see anything not current, please let me know.]

We post a lot of about eBay on the site; sometimes it’s about temporary deals and other times it’s information useful for the long term. In this post, we hope to capture all the evergreen information on eBay and Paypal in one post for easy reference. I hope to keep this up-to-date with any changes that come in the future so that anyone can reference all the current details at any time.

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Mimi
Mimi

Don’t use PaypalMyCash cards to manufacture spend since you’re likely to get shut down. If you do get shut down, you can try asking them to reconsider or else open a new Paypal account.

regarding this, for those who value their paypal accounts, it is BEST not to use PPMCs as source of funds to do MS. based on many reports on the ‘net, those who were shutdown or whose accounts got permanently limited were not able to get their accounts re-instated. Their funds were frozen up to 180 days although some who complained to CFPB got their funds back quicker. Opening a new paypal account is not also guaranteed Paypal will not shut you down if you register with same information that was shut down.

Jeff H
Jeff H

I use PayPal Student debit cards for the housekeeper as well as the high school and college age kids.
You can keep the sub account at nil or low balance until they justify a need. It only takes a few minutes to grant them an increase $$$ that is available instantly.

It is an easy way to give them funds wherever they are. Housekeeper sees a sale. Instant funds for the house needs. Kids not watching the gas gage. Helps me not have to go get them.

https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/student

Dan
Dan

You can use Amex Serve for this.

Dan
Dan

ScamPal and ScanBay are the filth of the business catering to clueless consumers. ALWAYS a pain to deal with. The whole relationship is a scam to force ebay shoppers to use farking paypal. What the fuck is paypal? No one has any need for farking paypal.

IOException
IOException

A merchant can accept your CC directly if they have a merchant agreement. Sellers use PayPal because consumers demand it, not because they particularly like paying higher fees.

anon
anon

bullcrap sellers demanded another option besides paypal for e-bay and they actually tried for a while, until paypal started losing money and got e-bay to kill other payment options…Paypal is the worst and should be out of business…look at the complaint sites. I won’t sell or buy crap on e-bay unless paypal is not involved.

Jason smith
Jason smith

No, they shut it down because sellers were stealing credit card information. The one time I bought something on ebay from someone who made me pay directly by credit card to them (it still used the ebay system, just not paypal) was the time my credit card info got compromised.

Jacques Cukierkorn
Jacques Cukierkorn

Paypal is the Satan. They are arbitrary, unfair and try to wear you down by making it impossible to get customer service.
All the advantages described here do not compensate the risk of getting hundreds or thousands of dollar “retained” by Paypal.
Since Ebay is in cohuts with Paypal I avoid them also.
Both companies play mind games. Avoid them!

P
P

Two of my “favorite” companies in the same post? Wow! This must be a “lucky” day.

Steve
Steve

I made a $100 purchase with my eBay bucks and never received the item. I did get a refund, but it was credited to my eBay bucks leaving me only a few days before the funds expired. What would have happened if I received the refund after the expiration date?
Maybe it is safer to spend the eBay bucks on eBay gift cards and shop with those.

Brandon
Brandon

They send a new certificate that has a new expiration. I recently had purchased a lens for a camera and found that the seller made a mistake and said it had tech it didn’t. eBay promptly sent me a new certificate to use. Too bad I didn’t get the 15% off coupon again to use.

Jason smith
Jason smith

That happened to me once. You get 21 days from the time the ebay bucks are refunded to you to use them, irrelevant of when the original expiration date is.

GM
GM

I just used 11 eBay gift cards on one order so the limit of a max of 8 gift cards in this post is no longer the case.

Asad
Asad

Hey Chuck, you should also mention the 12 free return shipments per calendar year, up to $30 each on orders paid with PayPal. I’ve used this many times for online retailers that ship free, but don’t offer free return shipping or nearby brick+mortar stores.

https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/returns

Tim
Tim

If returning items bought from various online retailers, PayPal refunds return shipping up to 12 times a year

https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/returns

Artem
Artem

ebay and paypal customer service is a joke good luck trying to get your money back from scam artists

Jason smith
Jason smith

“eBay also releases bonus Bucks offers which offers up to 10% back on most purchases.”

I think they had a promotion last quarter which gave 15% back in ebay bucks.

Alan
Alan

Yes, they definitely did offer 15% ebay bucks once last quarter!

Worked on Coins and Paper Money too… as long as it wasn’t listed in the “Bullion” sub-category!

Simon
Simon
Jason
Jason

“Don’t try circumventing quantity limits on eBay by making purchases with two separate eBay accounts as this can result in a ban on your account. ”

I have been doing that for a few times, no problem so far. They don’t seem to track the delivery address. I used family member’s name on the other account.

“Don’t use PaypalMyCash cards to manufacture spend since you’re likely to get shut down. If you do get shut down, you can try asking them to reconsider or else open a new Paypal account”

Hello DOC, you might want to cross this out since it’s PPMC no longer available

“Aside from an online Paypal account, Paypal offers a few financial products including the Paypal/eBay credit card, BillMeLater, Paypal business debit card, and Paypal prepaid card.”

Maybe you can expand the topic a little further on PPBDC, how that can be paired with BB/Serve

Allan T
Allan T

“Ebay Gift Card Problems”
Beware of making returns on purchases made using Ebay gift cards. You will not always get credit put back on your gift card after the return or if there was a purchase issue, Example – The item is out of stock and you are being refunded because of this. Paypal will show that your money is refunded. Ebay will show that your money is refunded. If you go and check your gift card balance, the money will not be there! You will have to fight with ebay customer support on the issue! I was only able to get my money back in two out of the three times that I had an issue. The last time the seller ran out of the product that I had purchased, they refunded the money back to me. I had used an Ebay gift card for the transaction. Ebay was never able to credit my gift card for the refund. Opened up a couple cases with them on the issue. Each time they will state that they money was refunded, but the balance was never credited to my GC. I am sticking with credit cards for payments with them. At least I can get a refund through my bank if there is an issue.

Ryan
Ryan

It appears “thegiftcardstore” and the link provided no longer exist on Ebay 🙁

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