I am done with PayPal gift payments

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by tnjazz, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. tnjazz

    tnjazz Supporting Member

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    Yea it's a tired old subject I know, but I just needed to vent.

    I've been pretty careful about who I deal with and how, and typically I don't do PayPal gift for anyone I don't know (anyone I have not dealt with previously). I am a little more lax on this forum for some reason - I guess because I believe it to be a trustworthy community.

    I broke my rule a few weeks ago right here on this forum and got burned for it. That's twice for me, and BOTH times on this forum! What the crap?

    So that's it. I'm done. No more PayPal gift. I don't ask for it (anymore) and I sure as hell am not sending it to anyone anymore.

    I won't mention the name of the guilty party. At least not yet. Maybe they will make it right.

    Either way, no more Paypal gift!

    Ok I'm done venting now.
     
  2. sleewell

    sleewell Member

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    everyone should adopt this view. I ignore all listings that ask for it and would never send money that way.
     
  3. tnjazz

    tnjazz Supporting Member

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    It sure would be nice if the mods here made it an infraction to ask for it in the Emporium.
     
  4. ACfixer

    ACfixer Member

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    It wasn't a gift and therefore a dishonest transaction, no sympathy here.
     
  5. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice for them to do it or not, the fact is, it's lying and stealing when paying for gear (in addition to being imbecilic for any buyer to agree to).
     
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  6. sixstringfuel

    sixstringfuel Hotdogs kill Silver Supporting Member

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    PayPal gift should be banned.
    someone using ppg to cheat on paying the fees they are already a dishonest person.

    When falling for it you get what you paid for. screwed!

    Edit: banned from tgp.
     
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  7. tnjazz

    tnjazz Supporting Member

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    Oh, not looking for sympathy. It's on me for sure for taking part in the transaction in that way. Call it yet another "warning" to those out there so might easy succumb to the lure of the "free" transaction.
     
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  8. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Bingo. The OP himself characterized his payment not as money for goods but as a gift.*

    * A gift or a present is an item given to someone without the expectation of payment. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gift

    P.S. Yes, I know the above seems harsh but how many freaking times must this **** reoccur here before someone gets it?
     
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  9. Stratonator

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    I just ask the seller if they'd accept a regular PP payment if I add 2.99% to the total.

    If they say yes, great. If they refuse, you know something's up.
     
  10. candid_x

    candid_x Supporting Member

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    PayPal gift should not be banned, but neither should it be abused or misrepresented. I will neither buy nor sell using that feature, but I have sent and received money as a gift, and that's a win/win.
     
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  11. tnjazz

    tnjazz Supporting Member

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    Well if we really want to get technical about all this, it's not called "gift" at all. It's called "Friends and family".

    I've met a lot of people on here I now consider friends. Regardless of all that, let this serve as yet another warning about the perils of transactions with no real recourse.
     
  12. ACfixer

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    I think they meant it should be banned on the forum as payment for gear etc... I use it to send a couple hundred bucks to my daughter once or twice a year when she's in a pinch. It's very convenient for that and I am extremely grateful Paypal allows it.

    I've thought about it at length and came to the conclusion that it's not the 3% that the seller is trying to avoid so much as it's reducing the chances of a fraudulent claim on the part of the buyer.
     
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  13. sixstringfuel

    sixstringfuel Hotdogs kill Silver Supporting Member

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    Who screws you more than friends and family?
     
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  14. VaughnC

    VaughnC Supporting Member

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    If "gift" is mentioned in an ad, I don't read any further.
     
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    It's funny to me when a seller says, "add 3% for paypal fees as it is a protection for buyers." Ummm, no. It is a seller's fee since the seller is the one using paypal's service to sell their goods. Like many others have said I ignore all posts requesting paypal gift.
     
  16. gtrdave

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    This. PayPal Gift is not intended for sale transactions, but it gets misused by people who think that some things, such as a financial transaction over the interwebz, should be free and shame on all involved for trying to go the cheap route.
    I think it's cool that PayPal offers a fee-free service to "gift" money to others.
     
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  17. Heinz57Pep

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    This is the thing to do if you really have a hardon for a particular item or price.

    If you don't, pass on any mention of PP Gift.
     
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  18. The Opera Panther

    The Opera Panther Supporting Member

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    This. Things I use Paypal friends and family for:

    Paying fantasy baseball league dues to the commish, who lives states away.
    Paying for my share of the house for my annual golf trip, which was planned/paid for by one of the guys (usually, I'm that guy)

    Things I would never use Paypal friends and family for (in a million years):

    Buying guitar stuff from random dudes/dudettes on teh interwebz.
     
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  19. Exiled_On_Main_St

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    Lol, People calling people 'a dishonest person' because they use the gift option. Is that all it takes? Really? :rolleyes:

    PayPal are dicks. Their treatment of people is much worse than any one person using the gift option.

    I wouldn't ask for gift and wouldn't pay for something with gift as I want the protection for myself and no hassle from a buyer.
     
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  20. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    You're being cute now, tnjazz:

    "Click Pay for goods or services or Send money to friends or family"
     
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