MANDATORY INCLUSION OF PAYPAL PAYMENTS ON HOLD

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I NOTICE IT HAS BECOME MANDATORY TO INCLUDE PAYPAL AS AN OPTION BUT EVEN THOUGH IT HAS BECOME MANDATORY TO OFFER THE OPTION IT HASN'T BECOME OBLIGATORY THAT THE SELLER ACCEPTS THIS OPTION.  THIS HAS CREATED A TOTALLY CONFUSING SITUATION WHERE THE LISTING STIPULATES PAYPAL AS A PAYMENT OPTION BUT THE SELLER IN SMALL PRINT REFUSES TO ACCEPT THIS METHOD OF PAYMENT.  SURELY IF EBAY ARE INSISTING THAT PAYPAL BECOMES A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT AND WILL ONLY ALLOW THE LISTING OF THE ITEM IF PAYPAL IS INCLUDED. SURELY IT SHOULD BECOME COMPULSORY FOR THE SELLERS TO ACCEPT THIS OPTION ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE LISTING.  I DO BELIEVE THAT PAYPAL SHOULD ALWAYS BE AN OPTION FOR THE BUYER BECAUSE OF THE ADDED PROTECTION THAT THIS PAYMENT METHOD OFFERS.  I DO BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE ALSO ADVANTAGES FOR THE SELLER INSOFAR AS MORE PEOPLE ARE LIKELY TO BID ON THE ITEMS THAT INCLUDE THIS OPTION AND ALSO IT IS TO EBAYS ADVANTAGE BECAUSE OF THE INCREASE IN TRUST THAT THE BUYING COMMUNITY WOULD HAVE IN ON-LINE SALES.  I DO BELIEVE THAT THE PAYPAL FEES AS THEY STAND AT PRESENT ARE MUCH TOO HIGH TO GAIN ACCEPTANCE FROM ALL SELLERS. IF THE FEES WERE LOWERED TO WHAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED A REASONABLE LEVEL AND THEN IT WOULD BE FAIR TO MAKE PAYPAL COMPULSORY THROUGHOUT EBAYS LISTINGS AS STATED I BELIEVE EVERYONE WOULD WIN IN THIS SITUATION.

I HAVE RECENTLY BECOME AWARE THAT PAYPAL HAVE STARTED TO PUT PAYMENTS ON HOLD IN CERTAIN LISTINGS OR IF THE SELLER DOES NOT MEET A CERTAIN SET OF CRITERIA WHICH ARE - IF A SELLER HAS A FEEDBACK RATING BELOW A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE, IF THE ITEM FALLS INTO AN AT RISK CATEGORY, IF THE VALUE OF THE ITEM EXCEEDS £50, IF THE SELLER HAS RECEIVED LESS THAN 20 DETAILED FEEDBACKS WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS, PAYPAL CAN PUT A HOLD ON THE PAYMENT MADE BY THE BUYER FOR 21 DAYS OR UNTIL THE BUYER LEAVES POSITIVE FEEDBACK.  THIS IS AN ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL MEANS OF SEQUESTRATING FUNDS WITH NO OTHER PURPOSES THAN TO GAIN INTEREST. ON A RECENT TRANSACTION I WAS EXPECTING PAYPAL TO RELEASE THE HOLD THEY HAD PLACED ON THE PAYMENT ONCE POSITIVE FEEDBACK HAD BEEN LEFT BY THE BUYER.  I WAS SHOCKED TO FIND THAT THIS DID NOT AUTOMATICALLY HAPPEN AND AFTER NUMEROUS EMAILS AND TELEPHONE CALLS TO PAYPAL I STILL HAVE NOT HAD THE HOLD LIFTED ON THE TRANSACTION.  THIS CREATES A SITUATION WHEREBY YOU RECEIVE PAYMENT FROM THE BUYER, PAYPAL REMOVE THEIR FEES, PLACE THE REMAINDER ON HOLD FOR UPTO 21 DAYS AND I CAN SEE A SITUATION ARISING WHERE YOU ACTUALLY PAY THE FINAL VALUE FEES BEFORE YOU HAVE ACTUALLY RECEIVED A PENNY. {PAYPAL SHOOTS ITS SELF IN THE FOOT WITH THIS ONE.}

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