BALLROOM & LATIN DRESSES - BE PROTECTED WHEN YOU BUY

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PROTECT YOURSELF WHEN PURCHASING AN EXPENSIVE BALLROOM OR LATIN DRESS ON EBAY....

 

If you're using Paypal and you're going to spend more than £150 on a dress - whether second hand or brand new and made to your specific measurements etc, then you should check very carefully before you go ahead as your expensive purchase might not be protected if something goes wrong...

 

If you don't want to read the whole guide then we've boiled it down for you...

  1. In basic terms, always try to use credit-card funded Paypal payments for your expensive purchases.

  2. Make sure the level of Paypal protection your seller offers actually covers the cost of the dress you're buying.

  3. Avoid buying something that takes longer than 30 days to get into your hot, little hands!

 

 

HERE'S WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE AUCTION PAGE

Level of Paypal Cover

Look at the top right of the  page and you'll see the usual stuff with "feedback", "e mail seller" and the seller's other items buttons to select.  Look down and if the seller offers Paypal, you should be able to see the level of cover you'll get with this sale.  It can be £150 or the next level which is £500 - here's what they look like to help you find them...

 

If your purchase is over £150 and the seller only shows the £150 of Paypal cover, then you won't be covered by Paypal's buyer protection for anything more than £150, if anything should go wrong with the sale.

You might be covered for loss or damage  during transit if the seller sends the goods via Royal Mail's Special Delivery with £500 worth of cover but bear in mind that  the seller might make you wait until the claim has been resolved with Royal Mail before refunding you.  In addition to that, Royal Mail will throughly investigate where the value of the goods are high and this won't necessarily result in any or all of the money being compensated to you.

Returns Policy

Does the seller allow you to return your goods if you're not satisfied? 

You can check underneath the Paypal coverage info as seen above and if you scroll down to the description, the seller might tell you if they offer a returns policy.  Scrolling even further down the page to where the postage costs are put, then you should also see whether they offer returns. 

 If they're a business seller then they have certain legal obligations under the Distance Selling Regulations, set out by the Government's Office of Fair Trading.

 

How Long Does it Take to Produce Your Dress?

EBay's rules are quite clear - you can offer an item to a buyer up to 30 days before it can actually be sent - this is called pre-sale.  It can be delivered up to 30 days after the end of the aution or the date of Buy It Now. However, anything over 30 days is just not allowed as it stops the buyer being protected by the Distance Selling Regulations.

If a seller tells you that it will take over 4 weeks to produce something, then think very, very carefully!  If something went wrong and you needed to make a Paypal claim for non-delivery or  goods "not as described", then you  would only have 45 days from the date of purchase to do so - bear this in mind when you're deciding whether to make a purchase.

 

  1. In basic terms, always try to use credit-card funded Paypal payments for your expensive purchases.

  2. Make sure the level of Paypal protection your seller offers actually covers the cost of the dress you're buying.

  3. Avoid buying something that takes longer than 30 days to get into your hot, little hands!

 

 

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