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How to protect myself on a PayPal transaction?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Veccster, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. Sep 1, 2009 at 4:00 AM

    Veccster [OP] bass turds

    Aug 8, 2008
    First Name:
    Pittsburgh - The City of Champions
    2009 DC V6 TRDsport
    5100's all around - fronts at 1.75", 265/70/17 Bridgestone Revo 2, HID headlights and fog lights, factory skid plate, ss exhaust tip, tube steps, Access roll-up tonneau cover, Redline hood struts, 6 D-rings, seat MagLite, LED dome, fumoto oil drain, DTRL, fog light anytime, Kenwood/Clarion speakers, Pop-N-Lock 5300, LED bed lights and a few other things...
    I purchased a strip of LED lights off ebay (for my bed lights) and got a great deal - only $4.25 shipped for a 3' section. It was one of those auctions that started at $.01 but didn't get up too high. It was Buy It Now for $15.

    Anyway, he does not have any other auctions for a white 3' strip but I need one more. I sent him an email (through ebay) and offered $10 for another strip. Here is the email transaction:

    From me to him:
    The response (NOT SENT THROUGH EBAY - direct email response):
    What should I do? How do I protect my $10. If I send it, he can just not send anything and there is nothing I can do about it. Does Paypal protect me?
  2. Sep 1, 2009 at 4:20 AM

    jspadaro Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2009
    First Name:
    Knoxville, TN
    Former Tacoma Owner
    Blue Oval Mod
    As far as I know, your options are to either ask him to make a new Buy It Now auction that you go ahead and win, or just chance it, since it's only $10
  3. Sep 1, 2009 at 4:26 AM

    Janster Old & Forgetful

    Mar 25, 2007
    First Name:
    Lancaster, PA
    2016 GMC Canyon SLT w/ LineX and....
    I'd walk away from it.
    Be patient and wait for another auction to come up.

    Paypal can protect you to a certain extent.....you're better off using a credit card directly because your credit card can protect you more than paypal can (atleast that's my experience).

    I ordered $50 worth of clothing through this one website that looked pretty legite and popular. I used paypal to pay for it. The product never came and I e-mailed several times and even tried to call their business phone. Next thing I know, the website disappeared completely. I get this e-mail that states they 'Went out of business' and I needed to contact my credit card to get a refund. Well....the e-mail was somewhat fishy the way it was worded and I didn't use a credit card (should have). I put a claim in with paypal ...and they TRIED to locate the person via their paypal account information and were totally unsuccessful.
    I even sent in a claim with the BBB. Nobody was able to track this business and get my money back. I lost $50.

    I still use paypal a lot...and have successful transactions all the time. The above - was the first loss of money I've ever expereinced while purchasing online. My husband and I purchase a lot online!!

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