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PayPal Fees

Discussion in 'FEEDBACK: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!' started by lieferung, Apr 12, 2017.


    KELAMA Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 28, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2017
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  2. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    I'd love to know how the gasoline companies get away with doing it then John.
    Here in NJ gas is one price for cash and about a dime more per gallon if paid by CC.
    What a crock.

  3. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    At one time, I think that was not a universal law - I want to say it was a state by state thing. I don't know of that is still the case; but I'm going to guess that it is...it just seems unlikely that gas stations across New Jersey could escape scrutiny for so long if it was not legal there.

    As far as Crossdraw's comment, building the fees into the price is not an issue - it is expected - as long as the seller isn't specifying that PayPal fees have been added, or offering lower prices for other payment methods. There is no need to publicly itemize what goes into the posted price - I could care less if a seller is charging $200 for the knife, $7 shipping, $3.50 for a new roll of tape, $30 for a bottle of tequila, $8 for a pack of condoms, and adding in $15 to cover fees and lunch from the sub shop next to the post office...I care whether I'm willing to pay the $263.50 posted as the price. But if a seller says the price is net to him, that the buyer has to add __% for PayPal, or he wants it sent F&F, I'm going to consider him a ****** and not buy from him.

    The seller might get to set the terms for his sale; but why should it be considered acceptable when those terms are in direct conflict with terms already agreed upon (in other words, the PayPal User Agreement)?

    There is a reason that fee is charged (by PayPal to the seller - and that is because it is the seller to whom they are providing the service. Without that service, many sellers would not be able to accept credit card payments, and would lose sales accordingly. The sales that were not lost would take longer, as buyers would have to mail payment (factor in time for getting to the bank - funds for money order, or time for a personal check to clear). Until that payment is secured, the seller waits... and wonders if it is coming. There's something to be said for instant gratification - it's a convenience for a buyer; almost a necessity for a seller.

    KELAMA Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 28, 2013
    ^ That's a 50% markup! :p
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2017
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  5. bigolegator

    bigolegator Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2014
    I see that down here in the South too...it ranges from .5 - .10 a gallon diff cash price...thought that was pretty standard practice.
  6. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I would laugh at someone asking 5 or 6% extra. You need to realize that shipping a knife with $300 of insurance will cost you ten bucks. It's still easier, however, planning that into your price and just asking for Goods and Services.
  7. JohnWE


    Dec 7, 2013
    If you read the signs carefully they're probably offering a discount for paying cash. It's a fine line I fully admit but it fulfills the rules of the credit card issuers agreement.

    GIZMOMAN Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Champions Platinum Member

    Mar 12, 2003
    If it states NET TO ME I keep moving right along
    ALL and I mean all of my sales posts for years
    have been and always will be

    Its different strokes of course.. But it has been a HOT button topic in here for years
    The knife that is for sale (price) Demand will always delegate if a person will pay or
    wont pay the fees...

    Its the nature of the beast..
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    KELAMA Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 28, 2013
    ^ Truth!

    ^^ I'm not sure exactly why, Keith, but this thread/people who pass their fee's onto BF buyers, kind of reminds me of this song that we would wake up & listen to every morning, back when I was going to my Seabee Builder A school in Gulfport, Mississippi. :cool:


    GIZMOMAN Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Champions Platinum Member

    Mar 12, 2003
    Now NAZARETH brings back fond memories in the 80s in HS at the beach doing what our Mothers thought we werent DOING..
  11. Slayer2003


    Oct 18, 2014
    After reading through this thread and the other PayPal thread, it seems that simply ignoring posts asking for inflated PP fees, listings asking for the use of f&f instead of g&s for sometimes a decently lower price, or the whole "NET to me" BS isn't solving anything. Why would you buy from someone that can't do basic math, asks for more than the actual surcharge offered by a payment service, or even violates that services ToS asking you to pay for goods and/or services without protection from fraud/loss/theft? It's asinine.

    The simple solution in my eyes it to just start reporting people to PayPal. The harder solution is for the mods to get involved and no longer allow Friends & Family, or "NET to me" to be allowed in a listing. NONE of the other forums I'm on tolerate this crap, and none of them should. All it does is bring up problems when something does happen to a sale. I've been B/S/T'ing on forums of many different hobbies for almost 15 years (oldest I'm still active on join is 11/03...made myself feel old, ugh.) and this kind of behavior usually comes with high consequences, usually the removal of ones access to the selling forum sections. If peoples accounts start getting de-listed from PayPal, or their accounts on the forum start being limited, maybe then folks will start paying attention.

    These changes WILL cause an uproar, mainly in the folks that rely on the loopholes listed in these threads and posts that are frowned upon by apparently so many on this very forum. As I've seen in the past (and it always happens...) they will threaten to go elsewhere, but this is the largest knife forum I've come across so far, are they really willing to risk losing the exposure? If such a minor change makes them leave so easily, how loyal were they really to this forum? To the community. A threat that I'm sure will be made is the loss of forums subscriptions. See previous statements. And then realize that more people will buy on here knowing they aren't being over charged, scammed, or just paying for someones laziness.

    I'm new here. My opinion automatically doesn't carry weight and I get that. Change doesn't happen overnight, especially with something that's been allowed to continue for so long. However the change has to start somewhere. There has to be an actual cause to produce an effect. Ignoring it will not make it go away. Whether the mods change to rules to no longer allow using Friends & Family for transactions and make it so sellers HAVE to include fees in their asking prices, or folks start reporting the sellers who are taking advantage of a payment method meant for something else in order to gain more profit/do less work/remove ALL BUYER PROTECTION FROM THE TRANSACTION, it has to start somewhere.
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    GIZMOMAN Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Champions Platinum Member

    Mar 12, 2003

    Welcome to BF----SO VERY WELL STATED--
    (I may have done it with close buddies I have dealt with in the past)
    Thats on me..BUT its a trust issue and new people are that "NEW"
    Until one earns my trust...They get paid G&S or I move along and let others
    take the risk.

    This is and always will be a HOT button topic..well because People cant do the math and yes..
    Laziness plays a HUGE roll..Although if a BUYER pays that way..Thats on them..BUT rest assured
    we will here the whining and complaining in here they were fleeced..
    It happens..Perhaps not in here as much but it does..
    Reputations and Trust are EARNED not payed with a NO fee payment so you can
    pocket more $$$
    Integrity--Character--Or Lack there of speaks in volumes to me to STEER CLEAR..

    Bravo....With your very well thought out and poignant comment..
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  13. brooksknives


    Jul 4, 2001
    Just saw one in the knifemaker for sale fixed asking 5% what a joke not to mention a tos violation.
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  14. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    While I don't support the practice, the knife maker I see doing that regularly is not US based... so the fee is 4.5% for international + the transaction fee (that's the extra $0.3 tracked on to US transactions - I'm not sure if it's the same for international).

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