3 0f only. I have had a listing bounced because I had the nerve to
ask up front for a 50remium on Paypal transactions. I calculated
that on some transactions. PP cost me around 80f the net. Note that
it charges me an extra 10n incoming because I have the cheek to
live overseas, even if I respend the money in the US as I usually do.
Plus it won't confirm my address even after a large number of
I list on uberbay US because if I list locally in Aus., the larger US
market does not see my listing unless they bother to do a worldwide
search. Sites are parochial on a simple search. The one time I listed
on the local site, I lost several hundred as I got very few overseas
bids. Consequently I'm trapped by an adherence to California law,
even tho' PP is elsewhere, my money is in cyberspace and I've sold to
the UK. Bizarre.
From the rather byzantine threat I received, I believe that it is
legal to ask for a premium to cover some currency conversion costs -
it requires a wording that makes it clear that the surcharge is NOT
for the actual credit card transaction itself. It doesn't have to be
true - just clear. A statement like - "Paypal accepted - but please
contact first for special conditions." If bidders object to a charge,
point out that any other method would require them to pay for the
fees - Bidpay for instance. I've never had a bidder object to an
additional Paypal charge.
The auction site *does* allow UK sellers to pass on the Paypal
on-cost to UK buyers. As Tom has found, and mentioned, I believe it
is better practice to swallow the 3%.
I assume the reason the exception is made is partly because UK
Paypal account holders cannot credit their Paypal accounts from a
bank account, only from a credit card (or sales via Paypal).
Equally, Paypal will not confirm addresses outside the USA. It is a
bit frustrating when US sellers announce that they sell worldwide,
but only ship to confirmed addresses, and do not accept credit
card payments into Paypal!
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