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What is meant when a seller says "do you want me to send you a PayPal invoice? Is this within ebay rules for buying?
Posts: 16
Registered: ‎01-12-2012

Should a PayPal address be sent to a buyer, after making an offer for a item that the seller accepts, to be sent a PayPal invoice to buy an item

Other Answers: 5
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Posts: 6,437
Registered: ‎04-16-2008
in reply to bluelane

You are allowed to ask sellers questions about the item like it's size or material, stuff like that.  You can ask a seller if they will combine shipping if you buy multiple items.  It is a violation to try to make a deal for a lower price through the message system.  If the Best Offer feature is available on a fixed price listing, then that's how you make an offer.  Ebay says if the best offer option is not on the listing than you should not be making an offer. 


If you did this & the seller agreed, to keep it Ebay legal, he has to change the price on the listing, create a listing just for you or add the best offer option to the listing.  Sending a Paypal invoice just increases the violation as it would be an Off-Ebay transaction, which if caught, could cause warning letters or suspension for both of you.  Even if you're not caught by Ebay, you have no buyer protection & he can send you a box of rocks.


Just tell your seller you want to work through Ebay & can he just change the listing.  He may not be so agreeable any more if he still has to pay the fees.

=^^= Save a stray today.
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Posts: 257
Registered: ‎09-19-2007
in reply to bluelane

There is too much information about the transaction that is missing. 


Did you see the item on ebay?  Did you just contact the seller and ask for something they didn't have and would have to special order?


If the item was ever on ebay, then what is currently going on is wrong.  If it is something that was never, ever listed on ebay then maybe it is okay.  Since buyers are not allowed to send email addressed to a seller, the seller would have to create an invoice on paypal and submit it to your for payment.  The seller would then be charged the regular paypal processing fees.


Bottom line, If you saw the item on ebay STAY AWAY from this transaction

Community Member
Posts: 12,347
Registered: ‎04-02-2008
in reply to bluelane

When a valid transaction occurs, and the buyer pays via eBay's checkout system, BOTH parties have each others PayPal email addresses.


There should be NO reason for a buyer or seller to ask for this info separately, or suggest sending a PayPal Money Request invoice.


If a buyer & seller mutually agree to an off-eBay transaction, then I guess that's their own businessSmiley Surprised


But neither party will have eBay's Buyer/Seller Protections for the item in question.  And given the right circumstances, both of them will be able to report the other for an off-eBay transaction:-p

Graciously grin when you growl...

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



That means the seller is trying to get around ebay's system. You will lose your buyer's protection from ebay, and it will be an off-ebay deal. Don't do it.

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

What is the item number of this item you bought on eBay? Since you won by Offer, this would have to be a Best Offer listing. Are you listed as the winner on the listing page? 

If none of the above, both you and the seller are not within eBay rules.