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Thread: Does anyone know why....Question about Paypal

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    a regular here Demshine's Avatar
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    When receiving money for items sold over on the classified section, some payments come through with the option of printing out a shipping label (BUT $$ is taken out by paypal for their service). So then my net payment is less depending on how much money is sent by buyer.

    While others that don't have the option of printing out a shipping label doesn't have any money taken out.

    I thank Paypal for offering the service, but I would prefer to have the money instead of them :)

    I hope this makes sense...

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    If you don't take the option offered and write out your own label it shouldn't cost you anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowsnow55
    If you don't take the option offered and write out your own label it shouldn't cost you anything.
    No, I'm talking about when the buyer makes the payment to me. Sometimes there is extra money taken out and other times there is not.

    When there is no money taken out, there is no option in paypal to print out a shipping label.

    When there is extra money taken out from the net payment, there is a button that shows "print shipping label" .

    I think when the buyer is sending payment there are options like "gift, ebay purchase, services..." perhaps they are choosing "gift", then there is no additional $$ taken out.

    It's only like $1.80 for every $50, but that all adds up in the end.

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    PayPal has customer service.that is a question for them. I have found them very helpful.

    Ell

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    I have never used paypal so I wouldnt have a clue sorry.

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    They probably sent it as a "gift".

    For what it's worth, you can print a PayPal shipping label for any package, even if the buyer didn't send payment via PayPal. You'll just have to type their address in manually. Here's a link:

    https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now]https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now[/url]

    (You may have to copy and paste it into your browser; it's a secure link.) :)

    I even ship Christmas gifts with it. :mrgreen:

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    If someone pays as a gift or for a service, there's no label option (because in theory, there's no need for one). If someone pays for goods, then there will be a label option since you would be sending the item. Fees are taken out for payments of goods and services and none for gifts.

    The fee is 2.9% plus 30 cents or 3.9% plus 30 cents for cross border payments.

    eta: sorry-posted at the same time (although I'm apparently pretty slow).

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    Also I have used the link too but keep in mind that seller protection may be different using it if there is a paypal payment involved.

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    Paypal charges a 2.9%, plus $.30 transaction fee to accept payments for merchandise - whether cash funded or by credit card. With these transactions, you have the option to print a shipping label.

    If someone pays you using the "Personal" option, there is no Paypal fee. There is no shipping label option & the buyer does not received Paypal protection if there is a problem.

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    Thanks, I've noticed this too and wondered a bit about it! Thanks also for the info re printing a label. I had tried to print a mailing label 2 weeks ago and it didn't work and did get the $ back so good to know that also works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demshine
    Quote Originally Posted by yellowsnow55
    If you don't take the option offered and write out your own label it shouldn't cost you anything.
    No, I'm talking about when the buyer makes the payment to me. Sometimes there is extra money taken out and other times there is not.

    When there is no money taken out, there is no option in paypal to print out a shipping label.

    When there is extra money taken out from the net payment, there is a button that shows "print shipping label" .

    I think when the buyer is sending payment there are options like "gift, ebay purchase, services..." perhaps they are choosing "gift", then there is no additional $$ taken out.

    It's only like $1.80 for every $50, but that all adds up in the end.
    do you mean when someone pays by Credit card, there is a fee, if paying from a bank account there is no charge to you the seller...sometimes sellers make up for this by adding to shipping charges..thats why they are high at times. JMHO

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    I think it's a fee for using a personal credit card and not money from your paypal acct...If you have enough funds in your acct no fee but if partial pymt or full pymt thru credit card then they get a processing fee...just like a store has to pay a fee for people who use cards. I have an antique booth and if someone buys from my booth and uses a card I get charged the fee for them buying something in my booth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    Quote Originally Posted by Demshine
    Quote Originally Posted by yellowsnow55
    If you don't take the option offered and write out your own label it shouldn't cost you anything.
    No, I'm talking about when the buyer makes the payment to me. Sometimes there is extra money taken out and other times there is not.

    When there is no money taken out, there is no option in paypal to print out a shipping label.

    When there is extra money taken out from the net payment, there is a button that shows "print shipping label" .

    I think when the buyer is sending payment there are options like "gift, ebay purchase, services..." perhaps they are choosing "gift", then there is no additional $$ taken out.

    It's only like $1.80 for every $50, but that all adds up in the end.
    do you mean when someone pays by Credit card, there is a fee, if paying from a bank account there is no charge to you the seller...sometimes sellers make up for this by adding to shipping charges..thats why they are high at times. JMHO
    Yes this is true however I don't think its what the OP is talking about. I think what she means is that when paying for something via paypal you are given the option or reason for sending money, did you buy something(goods) did someone do something for you (services) or are you just sending money to be sending money (gift) once you check mark one of these things then paypal will charge a % for goods and services if a buyer selects the gift option then the seller does not get charged the surcharge.

    HOWEVER......there is NO protection to the BUYER when the GIFT option is selected. I know MOST people on this forum are very trustworthy people, however, know that if you choose gift and someone doesn't send your item Paypal isn't going to work to get your money back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    Quote Originally Posted by Demshine
    Quote Originally Posted by yellowsnow55
    If you don't take the option offered and write out your own label it shouldn't cost you anything.
    No, I'm talking about when the buyer makes the payment to me. Sometimes there is extra money taken out and other times there is not.

    When there is no money taken out, there is no option in paypal to print out a shipping label.

    When there is extra money taken out from the net payment, there is a button that shows "print shipping label" .

    this is the way i understand it also

    I think when the buyer is sending payment there are options like "gift, ebay purchase, services..." perhaps they are choosing "gift", then there is no additional $$ taken out.

    It's only like $1.80 for every $50, but that all adds up in the end.
    do you mean when someone pays by Credit card, there is a fee, if paying from a bank account there is no charge to you the seller...sometimes sellers make up for this by adding to shipping charges..thats why they are high at times. JMHO
    Yes this is true however I don't think its what the OP is talking about. I think what she means is that when paying for something via paypal you are given the option or reason for sending money, did you buy something(goods) did someone do something for you (services) or are you just sending money to be sending money (gift) once you check mark one of these things then paypal will charge a % for goods and services if a buyer selects the gift option then the seller does not get charged the surcharge.

    HOWEVER......there is NO protection to the BUYER when the GIFT option is selected. I know MOST people on this forum are very trustworthy people, however, know that if you choose gift and someone doesn't send your item Paypal isn't going to work to get your money back!

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    A couple of others have hit on it:

    When the buy sends you the money and marks it as 'Gift', there will be no fee taken out. If the buyer marks it as for 'Goods/Services', then there will be a fee, because now it is a business transaction.

    I have sold stuff here and received payment both ways. Since I *am* a small business, I don't mind that people do it as payment for goods. Either way, I have to report it as income.

    I've also purchased things from here, and depending on the item have sent the payment both ways. In one case, it saved my butt that I sent it as 'Payment for Goods' because the seller disappeared with lots of people's money. I got mine back, but others who sent cash or had checks cashed, or didn't use the payment option in paypal lost a lot of money.

    You can also set up a free account for yourself on the USPS website and print shipping labels there.

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    When I purchase something from somebody here using PayPal, PayPal asks me if it's a "personal/gift" payment or if it's a payment for merchandise. If it's merchandise, they charge the fee (which someone else already posted). They don't charge fees for personal transfers of money.

    For personal transfers of money, there's no need for a shipping label so PayPal doesn't show that option. For merchandise, the seller has the option of printing out a shipping label.

    Everything is dependent on how the buyer answers the question when making payment. If the buyer does not specify "merchandise", then there is no PayPal buyer guarantee on the purchase. Some people here are just nice and want the buyer not to have to pay the fee; however, they may not realize they then have no protection if something goes wrong with the sale.

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    It has something to do with if they pay you as an individual or a business. As an individual they don't charge a fee, but you deon't get the label. At least that's my understanding of it. I could be wrong, afterall I've been married three times, so I know that I made at least 2 mistakes.

    Lanny

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    Lanny, love your attitude! :lol:

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    Pay Pal is very good if something is lose or broken will refund the buyers money. The nice think for the buyer and the seller is the tracking.

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    Sorry if I missed it in this thread but there are fees to receive payment of goods or services no matter the method of payment now. It used to be only credit card payments had fees but if you're paying for goods, there is always a fee. If you send as a gift, you can only use your bank account or existing funds. If you send as payment of goods or services, you can use cc or bank/existing funds but with either one there will be fees.

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    a regular here Demshine's Avatar
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    Thanks for the information everyone! I knew you would have the answer!

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    And - if all else fails - I think PayPal has the answers to these questions on its site.

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    Paypal always charges a percentage of the money you receive. Im not what the percentage isbut everyone has to pay iy.

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    I have done shipping labels with paypal, and I always pay, not the the person getting the money...!?!?!?1

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    The person getting the money should be the person who does the shipping labels. Why are you doing shipping labels after you pay someone else?

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