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PayPal Does Something Truly Evil
Yahoo Finance ^ | 01/03/2012 | By Mike Schuster

Posted on 01/04/2012 3:31:35 PM PST by Swordmaker

 If truly dispicable acts are now the norm for PayPal (EBAY), Scott Thompson should kick off his new Yahoo (YHOO) gig with a dog fight.

Sharing a heartbreaking account of a buy gone horribly wrong, Helen Killer of the hilarious Etsy send-up Regretsy posted an email from a reader who saw a treasured item destroyed at the behest of PayPal. Reader Erica writes in describing a recent sale she made to a buyer in Canada.

The item in question was a pre-WWII French violin worth $2,500. The buyer, however, disputed the label -- which isn't uncommon, Erica claims, but shouldn't detract from the craftsmanship of the instrument.

She writes, "Rather than have the violin returned to me, PayPal made the buyer DESTROY the violin in order to get his money back. They somehow deemed the violin as 'counterfeit' even though there is no such thing in the violin world."  And to the delight of the buyer, he sent Erica a photo of the destroyed antique.

Erica has since been on the phone with "numerous reps," but they have "100% defended their action and gave me the party line."

And lest you think Erica's situation was solely due to one disgruntled PayPal executive who's declared a war on art, the destruction of items that are simply suspected of being counterfeit is actually laid out in the company's Terms of Service. The very definition of "Smash first, ask questions later."

Although this seems a tad excessive, it doesn't stray far from other acts of delusional and malevolent behavior perpetrated by PayPal.

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: evil; paypal; thieves; thugs
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1 posted on 01/04/2012 3:31:39 PM PST by Swordmaker
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To: Swordmaker

I guess you better not use paypal to sell antiques!


2 posted on 01/04/2012 3:35:08 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Swordmaker

From her own words, it sounds like the seller knew the label was counterfeit.


3 posted on 01/04/2012 3:35:54 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Swordmaker

I’ve watched antique roadshow enough time to know than even forgeries are sometimes worth a bundle.


4 posted on 01/04/2012 3:35:54 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Swordmaker

I guess I’ll never pay for anything that can be destroyed by using PayPal. Then again I haven’t had need to use it for anything for some time.


5 posted on 01/04/2012 3:37:08 PM PST by wastedyears (Not too long you devious little parathyroid. Soon I'll be rid of you and I'll be free.)
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To: Swordmaker

Lawsuit?


6 posted on 01/04/2012 3:38:10 PM PST by Vindibudd
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To: Vindibudd

Based on what? EVery user of PayPal agrees to their terms of service explicitly. You don’t like them, don’t use them. This is simply a matter of taking responsibility for your actions . . . and knowing what you are doing before you do it.


7 posted on 01/04/2012 3:41:01 PM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: Swordmaker

In any dispute with Pay Pal I’ll destroy them first. I mean who am I to argue with their corporate policy?


8 posted on 01/04/2012 3:41:01 PM PST by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: Swordmaker
Paypal is a pain in the neck, and I avoid it wherever possible. I have been using dwolla, which is marvelous.
9 posted on 01/04/2012 3:42:36 PM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: mamelukesabre

A few years back I sold on ebay and one customer complained that one of the items was chipped and she wanted to keep all 9 plus get her money back...ebay told her to package up all items and send back to me then they would take the money out of my paypal account...she never sent them back, I was watching her site and she sold them....she didn’t get her money back cause she had no proof that she returned them to me...but paypal still stinks and I finally just quit selling...


10 posted on 01/04/2012 3:44:36 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Swordmaker

What’s to prevent the buyer of the alleged fake from buying a cheap POS violin from a thrift shop, smashing it and using that to satisfy PrayPal, then keeping the money and the good violin too?


11 posted on 01/04/2012 3:45:57 PM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Swordmaker

I read about someone being told to destroy a Hermes purse without proving it was counterfeit! Paypal really messes up sometimes. Hate them, but if you use EBay, not much choice.


12 posted on 01/04/2012 3:47:46 PM PST by ozaukeemom (No to Romney, no how, no way, no money, no vote)
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To: Swordmaker

that’s really insane. If you know anything about violins, it’s that half the violins made in the 19th century say that they are Stradivari. Of course they are not, but they can be perfectly serviceable violins. It’s very different transaction to sell one of that than selling a counterfeit modern consumer good.


13 posted on 01/04/2012 3:49:27 PM PST by babble-on
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To: goat granny

When using paypal you got to sell”as is where is, no warranties expressed or implied, all sales final” on the invoice!


14 posted on 01/04/2012 3:50:09 PM PST by eastforker (I'll pick Rick but I still root for Newt.)
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To: ozaukeemom

Burned last year at Christmas using both Ebay and Paypal.

Never again.

There is some truly stupid corporate leadership afoot here in the US. Verizon Wireless was the latest idiot, charging money to people who want to pay bills a certain way. Pulled the policy the next day, but the damage was done - shareholders found out the company is run by morons.

I can’t believe Netflix CEO still draws a paycheck.


15 posted on 01/04/2012 3:53:01 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Sacajaweau

You said:
“From her own words, it sounds like the seller knew the label was counterfeit.”

— —

I missed where the seller implicated herself by her own statement. Could you show me where those words were?


16 posted on 01/04/2012 3:53:49 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: Swordmaker

I use paypal rather irregularly and for small purchases and sales. I don’t trust it at all, but there is no doubt it makes things SO much easier.

I used to be a huge ebayer - one of the first in, when it really was “one gigantic garage sale”. Listed everything for one penny, and had a lot of fun. But somewhere along the way Ebay decided they didn’t want people like me, and they used paypal to make that very clear to me.

For me, Paypal is in the same category as Google and Verizon. It’s a great product, but the company is rotten.


17 posted on 01/04/2012 3:59:32 PM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Swordmaker

The ONLY time I used Pay Pal, I ended up with fraudulent charges on my Visa.

No big deal you say?

When you have had a card for 15 years, it is a significant anchor in your credit rating.
When it is replaced with a new card, that continuity evaporates.


18 posted on 01/04/2012 3:59:32 PM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: HighWheeler

Paypal offers nex to no protection for sellers. They greatly, greatly favor the buyer. There is seller protection but it regularly fails. What’s worse is that as a seller you have to deal with credit card chargebacks that paypal has no control over and can be dragged out over months and even years. If the buyer defrauds you(more often than not) and wins the credit card chargeback(which they normally do b/c CC companies don’t want to lose customers), Paypal will come to YOU looking for the money. There are plenty of stories of Paypal bringing collections agencies against people. Oh, and they also charge a fee against you if you get a chargeback against you(even if it’s a fraudulent one that is eventually found in your favor.

Avoid using paypal unless you absolutely need it.


19 posted on 01/04/2012 4:01:05 PM PST by bigdirty
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To: bigdirty

I will add though that all the paypal help center people I spoke to on the phone were prompt and spoke English as a first language. I just wish their ToS didn’t make it so easy for buyers to defraud people.


20 posted on 01/04/2012 4:03:37 PM PST by bigdirty
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To: HighWheeler
The buyer, however, disputed the label -- which isn't uncommon, Erica claims, but shouldn't detract from the craftsmanship of the instrument

If you are selling something, and you believe it would be "common" to have its authenticity questioned, you better choose your avenue of sale carefully. Erica is basically saying, "it's a nice violin, even if it isn't what the label says". The buyer obviously didn't care about anything but the label.
21 posted on 01/04/2012 4:07:50 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: Sacajaweau
From her own words, it sounds like the seller knew the label was counterfeit.

Was it a....Polyvarius?

22 posted on 01/04/2012 4:13:05 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The price of freedom is willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, anytime..." - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: All
http://www.regretsy.com/2012/01/03/from-the-mailbag-27/

As you know, I have had my share of issues with Paypal recently, and while I appreciate the effort they made to do the right thing in our case, I still have a lot of misgivings about them as a company.

This e-mail didn’t help.

Dear Helen Killer,

I love your site and was thrilled to hear of your “win” against PayPal. I recently had a heartbreaking experience of my own with them.

I sold an old French violin to a buyer in Canada, and the buyer disputed the label.

This is not uncommon. In the violin market, labels often mean little and there is often disagreement over them. Some of the most expensive violins in the world have disputed labels, but they are works of art nonetheless.

Rather than have the violin returned to me, PayPal made the buyer DESTROY the violin in order to get his money back. They somehow deemed the violin as “counterfeit” even though there is no such thing in the violin world.

The buyer was proud of himself, so he sent me a photo of the destroyed violin.

I am now out a violin that made it through WWII as well as $2500.

This is of course, upsetting. But my main goal in writing to you is to prevent PayPal from ordering the destruction of violins and other antiquities that they know nothing about. It is beyond me why PayPal simply didn’t have the violin returned to me.

I spoke on the phone to numerous reps from PayPal who 100% defended their action and gave me the party line.

Erica

I forwarded this e-mail to my contact at Paypal several days ago. They have not replied.

UPDATE: I neglected to mention in the original post that the violin was examined and authenticated by a top luthier prior to its sale.

UPDATE 2: Thanks to sharp-eyed reader Mr. Pete, who found this paragraph in Paypal’s Terms of Service:

UPDATE 3: Paypal has advised that they are now looking into the matter.

23 posted on 01/04/2012 4:14:20 PM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Fresh Wind

“What’s to prevent the buyer of the alleged fake from buying a cheap POS violin from a thrift shop,”
______________________________________________

Reminds me of a favorite event from my teen days.
My maternal grandmother was living with us, and pretty much non compos mentis from hardening of the arteries.
Every five minuets, or so, she would ask what the weather was outside.

My father bought a cheap violin at a pawn shop and gave it to her to see what she would do.
She immediately put it to her shoulder and started playing My Old Kentucky Home. Kentucky was her home state.


24 posted on 01/04/2012 4:15:49 PM PST by AlexW
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To: HighWheeler

The buyer, however, disputed the label — which isn’t uncommon, Erica claims, but shouldn’t detract from the craftsmanship of the instrument.


25 posted on 01/04/2012 4:19:32 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Fresh Wind

Agree! This could easily be the scenario. Wonder if the seller had it insured and would it be covered?


26 posted on 01/04/2012 4:24:36 PM PST by classified
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To: goat granny

A few years back I sold on ebay and one customer complained that one of the items was chipped and she wanted to keep all 9 plus get her money back...ebay told her to package up all items and send back to me then they would take the money out of my paypal account...she never sent them back, I was watching her site and she sold them....she didn’t get her money back cause she had no proof that she returned them to me...but paypal still stinks and I finally just quit selling...


She didn’t complete the scam. she could have sent back a rock in a box with tracking and paypal would have given her the money. Count yourself lucky.


27 posted on 01/04/2012 4:26:53 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: Swordmaker

28 posted on 01/04/2012 4:27:37 PM PST by trumandogz (Rick Perry Scored 10% on the Iowa Test.)
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To: eastforker

When using paypal you got to sell”as is where is, no warranties expressed or implied, all sales final” on the invoice!


paypals rules trump yours.


29 posted on 01/04/2012 4:27:53 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: Sudetenland

Legally wrong.

First, a contract must be negotiated by both parties. This is a contract of adhesion. Although technically legal, she has a great case that PayPal was virtually the only payment source she could use and their actions are unconscionable. In addition, she was not given a chance to defend herself to a reasonable degree.

This is great fodder for class action. Also, Ebay is not about to pay some lawyer in her state $6500 retainer to defend a $2500 action.

She should get a lawyer, write a demand letter mentioning a potential class action and demand $2500 plus 40% legal fees. At a minimum they will settle for $2500, with her paying her own lawyer.


30 posted on 01/04/2012 4:31:54 PM PST by MindBender26 (Don't bother me with the small stuff. I'm too busy trying to save the Republic from Obamaism)
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To: cableguymn

Nope, you gotta put it on the paypal invoice when you invoice your customer.I have sold hundreds of items through pay pal, some of them running into thousands of dollars, never had a problem


31 posted on 01/04/2012 4:36:19 PM PST by eastforker (I'll pick Rick but I still root for Newt.)
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To: Sudetenland

In addition, their TOS legal language is horrible. Ebay MAY REQUIRE you to destroy the item?

Ebay is therefore liable for the arbitrary decision they made. Secondly, where did SELLER agree that the item could be destroyed?

Destroy a $2500 work of art to avoid $20 return shipping charges? Does not pass the smell test... and juries eat that stuff up!

“My” damages claim just went to $102,500. Lots of mental anguish, you know.

:)


32 posted on 01/04/2012 4:41:01 PM PST by MindBender26 (Don't bother me with the small stuff. I'm too busy trying to save the Republic from Obamaism)
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To: eastforker
The gal was lying as I had seen she already sold the items. She was just trying a scam...didn't work for her she couldn't send back the items....I always described my items and if there was a flaw, it was not only described but had a picture of it...Some times, especially when selling collectible glass ware they cannot complain...I sold a designer purse that had a small flaw and also had a picture of the flaw, it was vintage..she emailed me about it and I told her to look again at the description and picture. She realized it was her error and everything was fine and had great feedback... Was into it for about 4 years, that was enough for me....GG
33 posted on 01/04/2012 4:41:18 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Swordmaker

Paypal will have to make the seller more than whole.

The negative publicity is killing them.


34 posted on 01/04/2012 4:42:37 PM PST by Bobalu (We cannot afford to bring Mittens to a Newt-fight.)
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To: mamelukesabre
I guess you better not use paypal to sell antiques!

...Or valuable collectible baseball cards, magazines, comic books, etc., etc.
"You thought that Honus Wagner card was what? So you WHAT??"

35 posted on 01/04/2012 4:44:01 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: G Larry

I have one cc that I use for telephone and internet purchases. Everything else? other cards.


36 posted on 01/04/2012 4:57:07 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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37 posted on 01/04/2012 5:23:27 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: eastforker

As anyone tried?


38 posted on 01/04/2012 5:24:39 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: Swordmaker

Let me tell you about my own experience with e-Bay just today. The first time I ever bid on something, though I seemed to have an account. Perhaps via one of their buyouts like Half.com, I don’t know.

An item I needed. brand new, starting bid $65, or Buy Now for $90. Not bad considering other new offers for $125-179, and used ones starting @$60. But I am replacing a used one myself, which failed after couple of years, so a new one is a must.

One bid $66. I researched the matter to find out about proxy bidding which is setting your max price, known only to you and e-bay, and e-Bay will bid competitively for you up to that price. OK, I set it at $81, and the new bid is set at $71, which tells me that the other guys max price was $70. He or some other bidder (biddie?) bids $72, e-Bay bids on my behalf $73. (This happens over a couple of days.) I’m still the highest bidder. I watch the last minute, my bid of $73 still stands, and in the last few seconds, somebody outbids me with $82. I try to outbid, but there isn’t enough time. I lose! WTF happened? How did anyone know my highest bid of $81? This was ‘sposed to be a secret? Or is this perhaps how e-Bay closes the bidding when the seller’s minimum selling price was set above the highest bid?

Anyway, a few minutes later I found this item on the web from a reputable store for $79, shipping free, unlike the e-Bay auction. Ef e-Bay!


39 posted on 01/04/2012 5:33:35 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
and in the last few seconds, somebody outbids me with $82. I try to outbid, but there isn’t enough time. I lose! WTF happened? How did anyone know my highest bid of $81?

He didn't. He's a "sniper" who comes in at the last second and makes a bid. It's a common practice. He bid at least $82 (probably something like $90) and legally outbid you.

40 posted on 01/04/2012 5:45:16 PM PST by Oatka (ex-navy/army/marine)
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To: Oatka

No, but the highest bid was $73, as I said, why didn’t he bid 74, 75, 76, why did he bid just above my supposedly “secret” max of 81? Something fishy.


41 posted on 01/04/2012 5:47:49 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Oatka

Never mind, I get it, he must have proxy bid himself!


42 posted on 01/04/2012 5:49:32 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

eBay’s system doesn’t bid in increments for the autobid. So assume you bid $10, max of $30. If someone comes in and bids less than $30, It should have what they bid, then your autobid going higher. But if they type a max bid of $50, it’ll jump straight to the first bid that’s higher than yours, $31.


43 posted on 01/04/2012 7:58:28 PM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: Svartalfiar

Gotcha!


44 posted on 01/04/2012 8:04:49 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Swordmaker

Well, surely Paypal can provide her with a copy of the appraisal that they had performed in order to ascertain that the item was, in fact, a counterfeit and worthless...right? Right?


45 posted on 01/04/2012 8:13:51 PM PST by garandgal
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To: Swordmaker

I would say a third party cannot legally tell someone to distroy something that does not belong to them...did they have it verified as a fake, if not I hope the seller takes them for thousands....along with the idiot that destroyed it...unless they have it in writing from ebay/paypal, they are in for a lawsuit...


46 posted on 01/04/2012 8:19:18 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Revolting cat!

There is also www service software that can make final bids for you:
https://www.bidnapper.com/

Additionally if you are looking for a rare something or other on Ebay, but don’t want to have to search every day for it, there is an auto www search sevice that sends an Email report that I use at:
http://www.searchdome.com/ebay/


47 posted on 01/04/2012 8:28:54 PM PST by dickmc
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To: dickmc

Cool, thank you. I just downloaded a Chrome browser extension, that just sends info but performs no other actions.


48 posted on 01/04/2012 8:33:19 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: garandgal
Well, surely Paypal can provide her with a copy of the appraisal that they had performed in order to ascertain that the item was, in fact, a counterfeit and worthless...right? Right?

RRRRIIIIIIIIIIGGGGHHHHTTTT.... crickets... crickets... crickets...

49 posted on 01/04/2012 10:18:18 PM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Never mind, I get it, he must have proxy bid himself!

That's it. Sometimes these snipers get too smart for themselves as they put in some REALLY ridiculous price in order to outbid everybody. A couple of times I have seen a $100 antique reloading tool go for $500 and when you check the bidders, you see where one guy bid $490 and another bid $500. Oops! Dunno if, under those situations, the buyer ever paid up.

50 posted on 01/05/2012 5:28:00 AM PST by Oatka (ex-navy/army/marine)
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