- Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:06 pm
The following is JUST MY OPINION because I don't understand the hang up with Paypal.
I was skeptical about them at first. I didn't like anyone having my financial info stored etc. But, it's really a great service. It protects you when you send funds and costs nothing in return. (I think it costs something for the person GETTING the money, not sure.) Millions use it and millions accept it as payment. Also, if you buy something online, particularly on Ebay, your order is shipped right away, instead of them waiting for your payment to arrive, and, if by check, waiting for it to clear. This could add 10 days to the shipping time.
It's has been great for me. I occasionally buy things from ebay. Twice I got slightly stiffed buying something online and both times Paypal returned my money, even though the people who had it did NOT want to give it back
In my first "get stiffed" incident I bought a pair of nice Sony speakers for my boat. The ad said the grilles were white. I was contacted after payment was sent and was told the white were sold out and only black were left. I was PISSED as I WANTED white. Why advertise for sale something you DON'T have? Bait and switch ? So, I told them to just refund my money. They had a problem with that and though I was TOTALLY UINREASONABLE for not taking something I didn't want. Why couldn't I just take black?!! I told them my BOAT WAS WHITE.
So, I went onto Ebay and left negative feedback and a warning for other buyers. This sent them through the roof. They now completely refused to refund my money unless I retracted my negative feedback (I don't think retracting negative feedback is even possible). Instantly I realized why they had a 100% positive feedback rating (which is why I decided to buy from them in the first place) They blackmailed unhappy customers into leaving positive feedback before giving any refunds. Although, if you give positive feedback, how can you complain and expect anyone to believe you???
Anyway, I told Paypal the situation. They said they'd look into it, and the very next morning I had the money refunded to my account
I don't remember the details of my other problem except that they got my money back within hours.
Paypal NEVER sends me any email, regular mail, or contacts me in any way. They don't share my info with anyone and have helped me out when it was necessary. They are the real deal and come as advertised IMO. I've heard of problems with them, but that was way back in their beginning. They are HUGE now & I haven't heard of anything negative about them in an awful long time
That being said, I can understand why some people would rather just cut a check and snail mail it. That's how I thought it was going to work. But, I do like the idea of my charge card getting hit up for a measly 6 bucks each month instead of the lump sum I was gonna send. It happens automatically and is so insignificant I won't even notice it next to everything else my wife charges & if times ever get SO tight I can't afford 6 whole bucks, I can change it to 4 or even 2, but I read this thing daily, even multiple times a day during the long off season, so it's worth it to me. I may even make a one time donation when it's available to give back something for the last couple years I've been frequenting this site.
Daily paper = .50 cents day/ $12 month
Typical magazine = $6 / Maybe 2-3 hours to read, prob less
The Org = $6 (max) / 20 cents a day / good deal
$4 = 13 cents a day
$2 = 6 cents a day
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