Originally Posted by CardPuncher
Many sellers want you to call the PayPal payment a gift. PayPal doesn't charge a fee on the transaction so it saves a few bucks, and you don't have to claim that it's for "machine parts" or something.
On the other hand, you are helping the seller commit a minor fraud on PayPal. Is that who you want to buy from? And if you have a problem with the transaction there is no recourse. It was a gift. You can't ask PayPal to help you with a refund for a gift.
You either trust the seller or you don't.You can also add three per cent to the amount to cover the seller's fee if you're concerned about "a gift or family or friend thing",and want to make it a purchase transaction. .Let's face it, most sellers don't want to eat the fee if they don't have to,do want to offer the item as inexpensively as they can,and I can't blame them.I don't see where a seller would have a problem with adding 3% to the price..Paypal is a convenience that gets the deal moving right away.Good for both parties.
You can also send a check or money order,adding up to a week for the deal to get rolling,(not that the USPS is going to knock themselves out for some minor fraud if the seller is no good.)Paypal isn't going to give the buyer the same recourse as an item purchased with paypal on ebay,so I don't know how much protection a buyer thinks that he has,if it's a purchase,particularly if no return or inspection terms are stated.