I know there are ebay forums I can ask this on, but I trust you lots much more.
I won an auction on Thursday, and sent paypal payment straight away, as in the auction the payment methods listed were paypal and personal cheque.
When I checked today, the paypal payment was still pending - apparently, this could be for the following reasons:
1 - The recipient has not signed up for a PayPal account and has not yet received your payment.
2 - The recipient has a Personal account (which cannot receive card-funded payments) and has not yet upgraded or declined payment.
3 - The recipient has a Premier or Business account and has chosen to individually accept or decline each payment transaction without a Confirmed Address. If you chose not to provide a Confirmed Address when you sent the payment, then the recipient has not yet accepted or declined your payment.
I sent the seller an email saying I'd sent my payment via paypal, and asking them to let me know if there was a problem (the problem's definitely not my end - I've used paypal several times before). I have just received a message back from the seller saying, "hi i would rather a cheque for the shoes than paypal makes it easier for me thanks any probs email me back"
This is the first item the seller has ever sold on ebay, so I am a bit loathe to send them a cheque. (I'm not a huge ebayer, and everything I've ever bought I've paid for via paypal) What do you think? Should I cancel my paypal payment and send a cheque, or should I send them an email saying tough, you allowed paypal, I've sent paypal, now send me my shoes!
I'd be grateful for any guidance from seasoned ebayers!
Don't send any money if they've no feedback as a seller. It is probably all perfectly innocent but you can't be too careful & cheques have all your account details & she probably has your home address (?) too.
Is the seller close enough to visit had hand cash to?
I've been stung in the past on ebay (only once in many transactions) & it has made me more wary.
If they've put their available payment method as paypal or cheque, then they need to accept whichever you choose! I'd stick with paypal.
You could always say you don't do cheques. I find cheques a hassle, anyway. I'd much prefer money pop itself into an account rather than having to schlepp all the way to my bank only then to have to wait in a queue!
I sent them a message saying that as I had sent payment via paypal I wasn't happy to also send a cheque and please would they just hurry up and accept the payment and send me my shoes! Although, I was a bit more polite than that. Have just had a message from them saying they have accepted payment and will send the shoes tomorrow - hurrah! It's a pair of Emma Hope shoes that I got for a bargain price - double hurrah!