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buyer wants to pay with money order. I only accept paypal. Can I refuse to make this transaction? when can I relist?
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎01-20-2013

This is my first sale ever and I am having problems already.  Can a buyer pay with a money order?  Isnt this against ebay policy?  I dont want to get in trouble or do the wrong thing and I dont want to give the buyer a bad time if I am not doing something correctly.  How do I solve this situation.  I would like to cancel the transaction and relist the item.  What steps do I take to do this.  Please Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gabs42071

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pi_r_square
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Posts: 18,695
Registered: ‎02-25-2003
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in reply to gabs42071

buyer wants to pay with money order.

 

eBay really discourages that, because the buyer would have NO Buyer Protection.

 

However, USPS Money Orders can be cashed when the item ships, to make sure the MO is not fraudulent.

 

More information:

 

eBay has recently changed their policy concerning buyers asking if they could pay with "paper".  Here is the new, and very restrictive wording:

 

 

Not Allowed

Mailing checks or money orders (except for items in categories specifically permitted)

...

These rules apply to all transaction-related correspondence between a seller and buyer as well as the listings.

 

http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/accepted-payments-policy.html

 

Note the use of the terms "mailing" and "correspondence", thus implying neither party can "eBay legally"  mention money orders!

 

In the past, we suggested sellers accept USPS Money Orders (if the buyer asked).  Now, however, it might be best not to explicitly recommend sellers violate eBay's policies.

 



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leo*spride
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Posts: 7,255
Registered: ‎04-02-2008
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in reply to gabs42071

It's against eBay's seller policies to solicit paper payments in their listings, but if a buyer asks, it's up to the seller whether to agree or not.

 

If you're uncomfortable accepting a MO, politely (but firmly) tell the buyer you prefer PayPal.  If you decide to accept the MO, insist on a USPS postal MO... these can be cashed at your branch office before you ship. Most other forms of MO's have to be deposited into a bank account, and can take 2-3 weeks to clear.

 

Good luck!

Graciously Grin When You Growl
whiskertail
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Posts: 4,571
Registered: ‎12-04-2008
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in reply to gabs42071

The Accepted Payments Policy clearly states:

 

Not Allowed:

Mailing checks or money orders (except for items in categories specifically permitted)

 

Your recently sold item is in this category:

 

Dolls & Bears > Dolls > Antique (Pre-1930) > Composition

 

That category does not fall into any of the categories where money orders are allowed to be mailed:

 

Motors > Boats

Motors > Cars & Trucks

Motors > Cars & Trucks > Collector Cars

Motors > Motorcycles

Motors > Powersports

Motors > Other Vehicles & Trailers

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Automotive Tools > Shop Equipment > Air Compressors

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Automotive Tools > Shop Equipment > Brake Lathes

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Automotive Tools > Shop Equipment > Frame Machines

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Automotive Tools > Shop Equipment > Lifts / Hoists / Jacks

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Automotive Tools > Shop Equipment > Paint Booths

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Automotive Tools > Shop Equipment > Tire Changers / Wheel Balancers

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Aviation Parts > Engines

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Boat Parts > Motors/Engines & Components > Outboard Motors > Over 200 hp

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Car & Truck Parts > Engines & Components

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Motorcycle Parts > American > Engines & Components

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Motorcycle Parts > Asian > Engines & Components

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Motorcycle Parts > British & European > Engine & Components

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Racing Parts > Auto Racing Parts > Engine & Components

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Salvage Parts Cars

Motors > Parts & Accessories > Vintage Car & Truck Parts > Engines & Components

Business & Industrial > Agriculture & Forestry > Farm Implements & Attachments

Business & Industrial > Agriculture & Forestry > Tractors & Farm Machinery

Business & Industrial > Construction > Buildings, Modular & Pre-Fab

Business & Industrial > Construction > Heavy Equip. Parts & Manuals

Business & Industrial > Construction > Heavy Equipment, Trailers

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Business & Industrial > Industrial Supply & MRO > HVAC > HVAC Units

Business & Industrial > Manufacturing & Metalworking > Manufacturing Equipment

Business & Industrial > Manufacturing & Metalworking > Metalworking Equipment

Business & Industrial > Manufacturing & Metalworking > Woodworking > Equipment & Machinery

Business & Industrial > Printing & Graphic Arts > Bindery & Finishing Equipment

Business & Industrial > Printing & Graphic Arts > Commercial Printing Presses

Business & Industrial > Printing & Graphic Arts > Plotters, Wide Format Printing

Business & Industrial > Restaurant & Catering > Commercial Kitchen Equipment > Cooking & Warming Equipment > Ovens & Ranges

Business & Industrial > Restaurant & Catering > Concession Trailers & Carts > Concession Trailers

Business & Industrial > Restaurant & Catering > Refrigeration & Ice Machines

Real Estate

Everything Else > Adults Only

 

 

 

Community Member
Posts: 4,413
Registered: ‎09-30-2006
Answered
in reply to gabs42071

Read at this link:

 

 Under "Making Unreasonable Demands" (if they are making them)

 

NOT ALLOWED:

Demanding a change to the payment method or timing, other than those specified in the listing.

 

http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/buying-practices.html

 

Payments Policy:

 

http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/accepted-payments-policy.html