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Community Member
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎11-02-2012
Is it safe to give out PayPal address

I sold an item only $4.25 but winning bidder asked me for my PayPal address....they didn't want to pay through eBay  saying their account would get charged multiple times.  i requested they pay through eBay to paypal and sent an invoice to try to help with any problems they sent another message asking if I would pay their overdraft fees.  I have not heard of multiple charges to sones ones account.  This was a new buyer with no feedback....suspicious??

Other Answers: 5
Community Member
Posts: 11,067
Registered: ‎02-18-2003
in reply to swrd24

They are not paying through eBay, they are paying through Paypal. What they are saying sounds linke nonsense. If they refuse to pay the invoice you sent them file an unpaid item dispute without further delay.

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Community Member
Posts: 4,880
Registered: ‎03-10-2007
in reply to swrd24

Tell them one more time that they need to pay through the eBay system.  If they still refuse, open an Unpaid Item dispute through the Resolution Center.

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Community Member
Posts: 12,138
Registered: ‎01-20-2005
in reply to swrd24

Multiple charges? Pay their overdraft fees?


Tell the buyer he is required to go through eBay checkout. The ONLY way he can have multiple charges is if he pays more than once, so if he pays only once, he will be fine.


Best not to get into a back and forth discussion on this. After 4 days of non-payment, you can open the unpaid item case.





Community Member
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎01-21-2013
in reply to swrd24

I don't know the correct answer to this question but, I do know I buy things on ebay all the time and I have never been charged to pay for an item through ebay or paypal. 

Community Member
Posts: 7,279
Registered: ‎02-18-2005
in reply to swrd24

It isn't that your PayPal email is unsafe, every one of your buyers and sellers has it.


It is because when buyers ask for it, it raises red flags that they are going to try to trick you with a fake payment email.


eBay transactions must go through eBay Checkout or it voids eBay Buyer Protection. Therefore, no buyer on the up and up would ask.....


Never ship without logging on to PayPal directly and verifying your payments are Completed and OK to Ship. Do not trust emails or eBay.


Login to PayPal every time.

Never rely on eBay nor emails for accurate payment information.

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