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daffydoug
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It's been while since I bid and won on eBay, but I was looking tonight, and saw this: Checks, money orders, and bank wire transfers are not allowed for most eBay purchases.

What gives? No more money orders on eBay?

Used to be I could win an item and send a money order and I was all set. No problem, and I was always prompt and had an excellent rating. Last I checked it's legal money. Now they have killed money orders? Am I understanding this correctly?

Idiots.
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It depends on the seller, they choose which payment option they prefer. Some sellers still take checks and money orders, most prefer PayPal now.
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I copied this from eBay:

Most sellers accept PayPal because it transfers funds immediately and they don’t have to wait for funds to clear before shipping your item.
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On 2008-12-14 23:02, agent61 wrote:
I copied this from Ebay:

Most sellers accept PayPal because it transfers funds immediately and they don’t have to wait for funds to clear before shipping your item.

That's a convenient little spin.

Unless they've sold it, and I didn't hear, eBay owns Paypal. It's in their best interest to push it.
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Ahhhh! The truth comes out!

Yes, I had thought it was the sellers option, (Used to be) but when I was looking at chessboards, I went through page after page and couldn't find one place where they would take a good ol' money order. Then I found the "Checks, money orders, and bank wire transfers are not allowed for most eBay purchases." part.

I had tried to get a Paypal account at one time, but they screwed it up and attempt after attempt on my part never did get it fixed. So I tried opening up a second new account, and they kept insisting I was the first guy, and had to use that account so I said, screw 'em. Not worth my trouble. I'm sticking with money orders.

If I can't get Paypal, it's my only real option.
Hey it's real money! It spends! That's why it miffs me when certain people will do nothing but Paypal. Geeeeeesh. Give me a break. Throw me a frickin' bone, for Pete's sake.
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Ebay advised me (while posting my new listings) that sellers will no longer be allowed to accept checks, money orders and wire transfers (except in a very few categories).

As a longtime seller, I have no problem with that and here is why: I sell hundreds of items a year, and last year I received maybe six checks and money orders. Big deal. And every yearb there were several "sales" where the buyer opted to send a check, but "forgot" and needed to be reminded (usually more than once).

Paypal is every bit as much a gateway for accepting credit cards from non-Paypal-members as it is a pay-through-your-member-account system. You DO NOT NEED A PAYPAL ACCOUNT to pay with your credit card via Paypal. I have never had a single problem with them, though I do understand that glitches in any system are inevitable and glitches taking place in the online world are often very tenacious. I have experienced nothing but courtesy and cooperation when dealing with their customer service (though I do go straight to the phone for support on the rare occasion that I need it, and the phone # can be hard to find).

And I don't think anyone but scammers laments the lockdown on wire transfers - that's just a big ol' can of worms.
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I've only used wire transfers to sell shares of my stock (which I shouldn't do, but do anyway!) But I've never had any problems with it. (It's wait 10 to 14 days for a check to be mailed to me or get the money wired into my account withing 4 days, which do you think I'M going to choose?)

Money Orders don't have to clear, that's the great thing about money orders. God! This is giving me a flashback of the days when I would gather up my money, get a money order at the post office and send off an order to Vic Lawson!
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I used to do all my eBay business by money order. My reputation was strong, since when I won an auction, I would mail the money order on the next business day. I don't like Paypal. Simply because when things go wrong, I am totally dependent on them to help me make it right. I had all kinds of grief trying to sign up with Paypal, and I lost out on an auction I won because of it (the seller was very understanding thankfully)

Note to eBay... bring back the good old money order please.
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I think that eBay is using its 800 pound gorilla status to extort every last cent they can out of a transaction. While it certainly within their rights to do so (nobody is forced to use eBay), it won't take much for another auction site to reach critical mass and leave them behind.
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I think paypal is brilliant, and fortunately have had no problems with it.
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Personally, I haven't had any trouble with Paypal either. However, the issue that I see is that eBay is deciding what the sellers can accept as payment, and it just so happens that they own the one type of payment that is acceptable.
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On 2008-12-15 13:11, Cliffg37 wrote:
I used to do all my eBay business by money order. My reputation was strong, since when I won an auction, I would mail the money order on the next business day. I don't like Paypal. Simply because when things go wrong, I am totally dependent on them to help me make it right. I had all kinds of grief trying to sign up with Paypal, and I lost out on an auction I won because of it (the seller was very understanding thankfully)

Note to eBay... bring back the good old money order please.

That's what I'm saying. I did the same thing. If I won an auction, I was down to the drugstore in ten minutes, and had that baby in the mail the SAME DAY. My buyer reputation on e-bay was second to none.

Now they started this dictating to sellers what type of payment money they can accept crap, where they are now too big for their own proverbial britches, in my humble opinion.

Well, they don't want or need my business, fine. No skin off my back. F** 'em. it's gonna be a cold day in H when these pinheads can dictate to me what kind of money I can and can't use. Ebay has now become Big brother.

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I saw EBay gift card at Walmart were I live.I thought that was interesting.
Michael Baker
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WalMart is selling gift cards from LOTS of different businesses. I thought that was a rather brilliant marketing plan. It's like the Hell's Angels at Denny's. They are going to have their fork in everybody's dinner.
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On 2008-12-17 20:55, Matt Watts wrote:
I saw EBay gift card at Walmart were I live.I thought that was interesting.

One can also buy Walmart gift cards on EBay!
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I have received several bogus Money orders. They are NOT like cash! You still have to wait until they clear.
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I once recieved a money order for an ebay auction made out to the person who sent it.
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