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Why must a buyer link paypal with ebay before being able to bid on certain items
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎05-15-2009

Why must a buyer link paypal with ebay before being able to bid on certain items? Not fair. I have been an ebay memebr for thirteen years, and have a 100 % feedback. Yet, I am restriced from bidding on certian items just because my accounts are not linked. I had my identity stolen when I HAD MY ACCOUNTS LINKED, and I un-linked them for security. So now ebay punishes good buyers from bidding if you do not link. This is not a fair practice.

Linking should be an option, but not restrict a buyer

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Community Member
Posts: 65,528
Registered: ‎05-11-2005
in reply to beatrice01

Sellers have a right to block bidders who don't have a PayPal account. and as far as eBay bidding is concerned, you don't have one. Your "punishment" is of your own making. 

Linking your accounts is not why your identity was stolen.

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Posts: 260
Registered: ‎04-15-2011
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in reply to beatrice01

I had my identity stolen from my Paypal account once, but they never took control of my eBay account... and I've also had it vice versa, where someone took control of my eBay account and not my Paypal account.

The only way they can get both, is if you choose to use the same password... That's almost a guarantee because if they can get into one, they will try the same information to get into the other so it's always important to have different information for both accounts before linking :smileyhappy:

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Posts: 12,170
Registered: ‎02-13-2006
in reply to beatrice01

Because the scam / con artists do NOT have  PayPal account, sellers can choose the option to ONLY accept bids from members with a PayPal account (that is linked).  It is a layer of protection of sellers.


I'm sure you can find some sellers who don't know about this protection. And have not set their buyer requirements accordingly.

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Posts: 6,963
Registered: ‎10-06-2008
in reply to beatrice01

You can create a secondary bank account, and link that to your PayPal - and only keep a minimum balance there - and don't use it for any other purchases.

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Posts: 5,803
Registered: ‎05-26-2005
in reply to beatrice01

Sellers have the option to set up their buyer requirements  to block buyers who don't have a Paypal account linked to their eBay account. It's a good way to avoid scammers, sport bidders, and throwaway IDs.  It's unfortunate that you have been caught in this block, but sellers have to protect their own interests too.


Having 100% feedback doesn't matter. Sellers have been unable to leave negative feedback for buyers for over 5 years, so all buyers have 100% feedback. 

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Posts: 26,866
Registered: ‎01-23-2011
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in reply to beatrice01

If you tried selling under the current system and all the scam artists and thieves that are now trolling online sales sites, you would understand why sellers have to protect their interests.


Most thieves do not have a paypal account because it is too easily tracked, so smart ebay sellers block buyers that do not have a paypal account. Since ebay cannot tell if you have a paypal account unless it is linked, then the ebay blocks will restrict you from buying from those sellers.


Scam artists are developing new ways to steal every day, and sellers must be very careful. If you want to purchase many things on ebay, link your accounts. Linked accounts do not increase your exposure at all. Ebay protects everything completely. A stolen ID or account is nearly always because the owner of the account gave away the information to the thief.


Since you are so concerned about the security of YOUR account, surely you can understand why sellers have to be careful.

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Posts: 24,691
Registered: ‎01-20-2005
in reply to beatrice01

You don't have to link your accounts, but if you don't, you'll have a hard time finding sellers you can buy from.


Linking your accounts did not lead to identity theft. If you continue to believe that, then you are at risk of it happening again because you don't understand what you did that resulted in in.



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Posts: 209
Registered: ‎10-18-2013
in reply to beatrice01

Well...ok, I'm open to suggestions from the OP.


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