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Old 09-21-2010, 12:52 PM
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Default FYI: sending PP money as a gift WILL get you scamed...

when you send pp money as a gift, or "personal" there is NOTHING you can do to get it back should you be scammed.

also, sellers asking to buyers to add 3% if they send PP should reread PP's terms of use....
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:04 PM
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+1 also go here:

http://www.rcdirectonline.com/pages/...lf-Online.html

Some things I've learned over the years of buying/selling online.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:15 PM
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You're just plain wrong about this one.

Adding the 3% fee will not get you your money back if you're scammed. I know several people that have been scammed and because the transaction happened outside of eBay there's nothing PayPal will do for you.

Period.
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not always, but there is NO chance of getting it back if you send it as a gift.
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that is the reason why I dont deal with PP anymore.
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I almost lost some money sent as a gift. Luckily it was under $50 and I was able to get ahold of the kids mother (her paypal account).
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Well that is pretty good to know. Thanks!


Is the "gift" thing pretty new? I haven't used my PP in probably a year.
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No, its been there for a while.

I was on HeliFreak yesterday and there's a bunch over there learning this the hard way at $375 - $500 a pop. Seems a scammer sold the same heli (assuming he ever really did have one, suspect he was just using someone else's pics) to several and convinced them all to send the funds as a gift.

Now they've all starting to realize their money is gone....


Someone you don't know asks you to do this, you should be running the other way!!
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You're just figuring this out?


I just purchased something and payed for the PayPal fees. I normally don't do this and walk away from any deal, but the price was really nice, so I did it.

I don't normally do it because I don't ask it of people. Also because that's the cost of using PayPal. What the "expletive" kind of sense does it make for me to pay your fees on your income? Yeah right. Keep it. And as for a gift; Ship it out. When I get it and approve of it, you'll get your gift.

I've seen a lot of good things pass me by on this site for these reasons.
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You can setup your PP account so that the money comes off your credit card and that way you are covered from the credit card company instead of paypal.
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Originally Posted by Catch 22 View Post
You can setup your PP account so that the money comes off your credit card and that way you are covered from the credit card company instead of paypal.
ok, please fill out these 5 forms, and wait 3-6 months for your money to be credited to your account....
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^^^ better then nothing at all and being totaly S.O.L
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Originally Posted by whitrzac View Post
ok, please fill out these 5 forms, and wait 3-6 months for your money to be credited to your account....
Get a better CC provider.
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Just because somebody wants to be paid as a gift doesnt necessarily mean it's a scam. For example, I just sold an RC car here on RCtech, and the guy that wanted to buy it had a grand total of 1 post. Well, I have recently been reading about sellers getting screwd over by buyers who just claim that they never recieved the item, and get their money refunded through paypal, and the seller is left with the shaft.

Well, considering I have a trader rating to protect and live up to here on RCtech, and the buyer didn't, there was FAR FAR less of a risk to him paying via gift, then MY risk, had he paid with normal paypal.

Guess what... his car shipped today, as promissed, and he didn't get scammed.

Now, does that mean there are NO scams by people wanting to be paid as a gift? no.. of course there are, and I bet that they are even in the majority.... My point is, look at all the info, and look carefully at who your seller is and why he wants it as a gift.
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I never said that you will get scammed EVERY time... It's like russian roulette, the bullet may not be in the chamber the first round, but its going to happen eventually.
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