Quick FAQ for eBay ML Sellers?

Sharon Biederman sbiederm at nova.umuc.edu
Sat May 21 19:15:43 EDT 2005

    I've known a number of people who experienced serious problems with
Paypal as well as with credit cards, checks, etc.  Nothing works
perfectly. When selling, I don't use Paypal, but I do offer the option of
returning the item for any reason--or no reason.  In more than 3,000
transactions I've had only one return and I'm sure my experience is not
unique. The best way to diminish risk is to buy from people you trust. If
I were buying an ML from Amy Comeau for instance, the payment method would
be irrelevant because the book will always match the description.  On the
other hand, if I buy from a "good for it's age" (sic) seller, I can almost
guarantee an unpleasant surprise.  


On Sat, 21 May 2005, Scot Kamins wrote:

> On May 21, 2005, at 11:13 AM, Henry T. wrote:
> >> However, the secret of being able to return a book if you don't  
> >> like it is to
> >> pay via credit card or Paypal. You can always canc/el a credit  
> >> card payment
> >> and there is a resolution center on Paypal. DON'T PAY BY CHECK OR  
> This is certainly great advice. Also if you have a PayPal account,  
> always use the credit card option to pay.
>   If you have any money in your PayPal cash account, sweep it out of  
> PayPal and into your checking account ASAP. Don't use your cash  
> account to pay for anything. I learned the hard way that using your  
> cash account affords no protection if you don't get your item, no  
> matter what PayPal says.
> (Now we're generating some GREAT info for the FAQ!)
> - Scot Kamins

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