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Subject: Does anyone know if this is correct?
Date Posted: 2/2/2011 5:24 PM ET
Member Since: 10/28/2008
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when I sell credits in the BB I always say pay pal gift only.  I just saw someone selling credits went into check it out and someone had posted this

Asking people to use the gift option is against Paypal account policies. You risk having your accounts shut down. Just FYI


Just wondering

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 6:33 PM ET
Member Since: 4/24/2008
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Never heard that it is against the rules.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 6:50 PM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2009
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I've heard that as well....and think at one point, someone put the rule in their post in the bazaar. It was long before the credit selling limit took place though.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 8:51 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Technically they are correct. You are selling something for money and then using their gift option instead of the proper one to avoid fees. I have never heard of anyone actually getting in trouble for it, but don't know anyone that uses it frequently either. I would guess the member that posted the warning either got in trouble for it themselves or know someone who did.

Stating it outright when selling something probably isn't a good idea. Especially in forums that are not private to members, paypal could use spybots to find people doing that pretty easily.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 9:23 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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perhaps you could not put that in your post but when you PM them your paypal email address ask them to use the gift option. 

Last few times I sold credits, I asked for an Amazon gift card. No fee. 

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 10:31 PM ET
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One more thing to consider is that you are not protected by Paypal if you purchase anything using the "gift" option. If you are scammed, they can't help you get your money back.

Date Posted: 2/3/2011 12:39 AM ET
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It's true that you won't be protected in case you get scammed.  I haven't been scammed here yet but then I don't buy a lot of credits at one time.  I have only purchased a couple of times.  The last time I purchased five credits and the time before I purchased 7 credits.

Date Posted: 2/3/2011 11:32 AM ET
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Of course it's against the rules! You aren't actually getting a "gift" now are you? I wouldn't be surprised if they stopped offering the gift option all together.

If you look at the forums over at paypal any time someone asks if it is ok for a sender to request this they are told they are being scammed and not to go through with it, sometimes this is coming from Paypal employees. IMHO, this is no different than sending things media mail that don't actually qualify for media mail, and it could jepordize the existance of such a service. I suggest you instead ask that the buyer pay the fees, that way you still will not have to pay fees and it wont jepordize your paypal account.