Upcharging for using PayPal

Discussion in 'Swapmeet Talk' started by KC3APU, Mar 26, 2018.

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  1. KC3APU

    KC3APU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have seen a lot of ads on here where the seller is up-charging for using PayPal as payment, according to PayPal this is against their rule.

    PayPal is a convenient way to purchase using credit cards when the seller doesn't have the ability to process said cards that is all, if a seller could I would rather use said credit card as I get rewards for charging with them.

    If you plan to sell on the "Swapmeet", then add up the costs include a fair amount for shipping, handling, and the fees , then post the price.


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  2. AJ4GQ

    AJ4GQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well said! The elephant in the room is what does it say about the honesty and ethics of a seller who is so blatantly willing to violate his agreement with PayPal over such a small amount of money? Why would you, as a potential buyer, think he will treat any agreement he has made with you any differently than his agreement with PayPal?
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  3. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    At least they are not asking you to pay using friends and family. :rolleyes:
  4. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    In case you mist it, sometimes this Fall Ebay is ditching PP for a new (Dutch) company. Will be interesting to see if anything
    changes. I think PP does a great job.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
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  5. KC3APU

    KC3APU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have had that request when buying off the forum and my answer is "No", with the explanation that " you are neither to me, this is a purchasing transaction" and quickly say "if this not agreeable than this transaction is "null and void"", since agreeing to buy/purchase is a valid agreement.
    Has anyone tried using "Melle" yet? I haven't.


  6. KD4MOJ

    KD4MOJ Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Or Western Union... :D

  7. N9LCD

    N9LCD Ham Member QRZ Page


    I wonder how many accounts have been closed (or users kicked-off PayPal) for up-charging.

  8. KC3APU

    KC3APU Ham Member QRZ Page

    And what are the fees for using Western Union besides the inconvenience of having to run to a location to send the money?

    Good Question and the answer would be I guess none unless someone gets aggravated enough to turn them in, I prefer not to be the first in that case. I use Ebay for some electronic parts/components (small orders because shipping is usually free) and several sellers no longer have PayPal as an option for payment (not because Ebay is dropping PP). I enjoy buying on this forum because the majority of the sellers here are honest.

    Most of us have PayPal linked to a credit card, (few right to a bank account), and the card provider charges PP just like a store is charged by the credit card provider, the fee PP recovers in a purchase is not as astronomical as everyone thinks, plus the protection for the buyer.


  9. N4UP

    N4UP Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Before I rediscovered ham radio in 2012 I did thousands of on-line auction purchases ( both buying and selling ) every year for individual stamps and sets of collectible stamps, with eBay and delcampe ( European ) being the biggest forums for that. Even in 2012 few delcampe merchants would accept paypal, so I had to use other means, namely something called Moneybookers which I believe is now called Skrill.

    In my experience, as both buyer and seller, paypal is vastly better than Moneybookers-Skrill. Now most sellers "over there" on delcampe allow paypal. I guess when eBay sold off paypal that opened up the possibility of some other payment scheme, so it doesn't surprise me. As a buyer and as a seller I followed the rules. But many didn't.

    Of course, as soon as I rediscovered "radio" I sold my stamp collection and used the proceeds to buy a 72' motorized crank-up tower and 10-element LPDA for 10-30 meters. And I had money left over for two new FTdx5000's, two solid-state 1kw amps, and the Alpha 9500 ( it was quite a collection, over 80,000 mint stamps from the late 1800's through about 1960 ). Don't regret selling for a moment. And before the buyer took possession, I did high-resolution scans of every stamp in the collection, took me several weeks full-time to do that.
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  10. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Is giving a discount for not using paypal OK ?

    Kind of like gas stations that give a discount for paying cash.

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