benji25 wrote in post #14922124
Oh I could care less if people charge for paypal. I was just bring it to people's attention that it is against the ToS. Plus it is very easy to get around if you just say it is a 3% "handling" fee. So from a technical standpoint this whole argument is pointless. From a practical standpoint it is a different story though.
the giant red lettering was just a bit garish and off-putting.
charging it as a 3% handling fee does not work in skirting it from the technical standpoint, because that same terms of service clause specifies that the handling fee cannot act as a surcharge. therefore, you'd have to assess 3% from everyone, including the ones who do not pay via paypal.
the point is, people are going to charge what they're going to charge, and in our marketplace system, they can do as they wish with how they price their listings. i sure as hell can charge a fixed rate for everyone that puts my asking price where i'm comfortable selling, but if someone chooses to save me money by paying me in a way that doesn't assess an extra 3% from a third party, i'm more than happy to pass along the savings to them directly. with some of the items i've sold, that 3% comes close to $100. that's not a trivial amount of money to me, and it very well may factor into a purchasing decision for a buyer. if i played it by the written word of the service agreement, if i aim to get $2000 for a lens, i need to charge EVERYONE regardless of payment method $2090. that does me a disservice in artificially inflating my price (if people choose to pay via non-paypal methods), and it does a disservice to a buyer because it doesn't give them the choice of paying a lower price that we'd both be more comfortable with. the last option is to stop accepting paypal and only accept cash, check, or money order in which case everyone loses.