Open letter to those "PayPal Fees Extra" people

Photog4ChristPhotog4Christ Neal JacobPosts: 716Registered Users Major grins
edited June 1, 2010 in Flea Market
To people that sell stuff on here and then say "PayPal Fees Extra":

PayPal fees are just a part of doing business. This is something you should be absorbing as a business person. If you sell a print to a client, do you tell them that it will be extra for PayPal?

How about pricing with the fee in mind? Charge $x for the lens you are selling here on DGrin instead of $y.

I don't know about PayPal's TOS, but credit card companies (VISA, MC, AMEX, Discover) do not allow merchants to pass along any kind of fee to the consumer. If you have a PayPal business account (not a personal account) I'm sure it's the same case.

Just something to think about. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest. :)

-Neal
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  • RogersDARogersDA Unknown...and happy. Posts: 3,502Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 9, 2009
    To people that sell stuff on here and then say "PayPal Fees Extra":

    PayPal fees are just a part of doing business. This is something you should be absorbing as a business person. If you sell a print to a client, do you tell them that it will be extra for PayPal?

    How about pricing with the fee in mind? Charge $x for the lens you are selling here on DGrin instead of $y.

    I don't know about PayPal's TOS, but credit card companies (VISA, MC, AMEX, Discover) do not allow merchants to pass along any kind of fee to the consumer. If you have a PayPal business account (not a personal account) I'm sure it's the same case.

    Just something to think about. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest. :)

    -Neal
    Well, some people pay in-person. Some people pay with check. And some people pay in cash. This is the way that sellers can offer a price for those that pay alternative ways, and recoup the costs of using Paypal/Google Checkout. So if you lived near a seller, and you met-up and paid in cash for an expensive lens/body you wouldn't want to pay the seller's mark-up for accounting for Paypal/Google Checkout fees. Ther same goes for shipping charges.
  • Art ScottArt Scott Have PASSPORT will TRAVEL WICHITA, KS USAPosts: 8,959Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 9, 2009
    To people that sell stuff on here and then say "PayPal Fees Extra":


    I don't know about PayPal's TOS, but credit card companies (VISA, MC, AMEX, Discover) do not allow merchants to pass along any kind of fee to the consumer. If you have a PayPal business account (not a personal account) I'm sure it's the same case.

    Just something to think about. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest. :)

    -Neal

    Actually the only thing a merchant can no longer do is post a sign or advertise that by paying with CC there will be a surcharge of xxxx% to cover cost of card processing......however Iknow several merchants that post signs due to increase in CC processing fees we now have a minimun amount that can be charged on CC....any order under the minimum will be charged the minimum amount of $XX.XX........

    CC processing fees are one the "HIDDEN" charges in yor cost of buying with a CC........

    Iknow several merchants that when the amount of bad checks got overwhelming they put in CC machines and then raised all the prices in their stores to reflect this increase in doing business.....just like 99.9% of the merchants raised prices when Petro made huge jumps....but the same merchants do not lower prices when Petro prices drop.......

    So yes they do charge us for the privialge of using plastic to make a purchase.....I don't mind because i do not have to ever carry cash anymore................
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  • ChatKatChatKat flash frozen photographer Posts: 1,359Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 9, 2009
    It's in your merchant agreement fine print You are not allowed to add fees to the bill when you accept Visa, Mastercard or Amex. They can take your merchant account away for doing that.

    You can however, discount if people pay you in cash!
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  • Photog4ChristPhotog4Christ Neal Jacob Posts: 716Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 9, 2009
    Art Scott wrote:
    Actually the only thing a merchant can no longer do is post a sign or advertise that by paying with CC there will be a surcharge of xxxx% to cover cost of card processing......however Iknow several merchants that post signs due to increase in CC processing fees we now have a minimun amount that can be charged on CC....any order under the minimum will be charged the minimum amount of $XX.XX........

    Actually, that's against your merchant agreement too.

    But let's face it. As a photographer, I certainly hope you are not selling anything below the "$20 minimum charge" that I see some retailers post. :)
  • DoctorItDoctorIt vrooom! Posts: 11,940Administrators moderator
    edited July 9, 2009
    ...I don't know about PayPal's TOS...
    I can't find the thread right now, but this has definitely come up in this forum in the past. I believe the answer was, yes, indeed, sellers can't mark up for paypal fees.


    That being said, this is a peer-peer marketplace, not a storefront. Things here are done, hopefully, on a more personal and individual basis. On most days I agree with you, it is annoying to read through an ad (and lets face it, I read lots of them lol3.gif), see the price, think the price is good, only to see the "fine print". But of course, on other days, as mentioned above, in non-store, individual transaction, you can't really expect the price to be same for cross-country and next-door deals.


    But anyway, interesting to see some discussion, for a change, in this forum.
    Erik
    moderator of: The Flea Market [ guidelines ]

  • ToshidoToshido Major grins Posts: 759Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 9, 2009
    It's all semantics when it comes down to it.

    Would you be just as upset if people offered a 3% discount for alternative payment methods?
  • Cygnus StudiosCygnus Studios Commercial Photographer San Francisco's North BayPosts: 2,294Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 9, 2009
    Toshido wrote:
    It's all semantics when it comes down to it.

    Would you be just as upset if people offered a 3% discount for alternative payment methods?

    Totally agree. Offer a cash-check-money order discount and you have no worries about whether you are adding fees to cover the C.C. payments.
    Steve

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  • Photog4ChristPhotog4Christ Neal Jacob Posts: 716Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 9, 2009
    Totally agree. Offer a cash-check-money order discount and you have no worries about whether you are adding fees to cover the C.C. payments.

    Silly question, but wouldn't that be a disguised credit card surcharge?
  • ToshidoToshido Major grins Posts: 759Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 9, 2009
    Then again I don't really see the big deal. We are only talking 3%. Unless it is a huge monetary value just deal with it.
    Me myself, I would rather just absorb the cost on anything less than a $1000, just not worth the hassles and penny pinching.
  • VanquizVanquiz Major grins Posts: 199Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 9, 2009
    Silly question, but wouldn't that be a disguised credit card surcharge?
    That's quite true actually, let's just see it some people say half empty, some say half full ...

    1. Lens for sale, $1000, please add 3% if pay with paypal
    2. Lens for sale, $1030, if pay with cash/money order, get $30 discount

    But, let's just say, if I want to sell the lens for $1030 shipped and paypal included, and if the buyer paying with money order for whatever reason, wouldnt they be a little happier they get some discount ?
  • Photog4ChristPhotog4Christ Neal Jacob Posts: 716Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2009
    Everyone has valid points, but my point is that you agreed to the fine print (whether you read it or not) when you set up your PayPal/Merchant account.

    PayPal says:
    4.6 No Surcharges. You agree that you will not impose a surcharge or any
    other fee for accepting PayPal as a payment method. You may charge a
    handling fee in connection with the sale of goods or services, as long
    as the handling fee does not operate as a surcharge and is not higher
    than the handling fee you charge for non-PayPal transactions.
  • VanquizVanquiz Major grins Posts: 199Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2009
    Everyone has valid points, but my point is that you agreed to the fine print (whether you read it or not) when you set up your PayPal/Merchant account.

    PayPal says:

    That's true ..

    That's why everytime I sell something, usually I put one price shipped and paypalled ...

    I only give discount for local pickup, because I dont have to bother with the packaging and shipping ...

    But if I buy something, and if the seller add 3% or whatever to cover paypal fee, even though technically that's violating paypal terms, it doesnt really bother me as well, since I do understand from their point of view, especially for stuff over $1000, the fee could means something, plus, as buyer, we can always make an offer for lower price ...
  • PupatorPupator Major grins Posts: 2,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2009
    It is a violation of your Paypal user agreement to impose a surcharge for accepting payments with Paypal.
    4.6 No Surcharges. You agree that you will not impose a surcharge or any other fee for accepting PayPal as a payment method. You may charge a handling fee in connection with the sale of goods or services, as long as the handling fee does not operate as a surcharge and is not higher than the handling fee you charge for non-PayPal transactions.
    EDIT: Sorry Neal - missed where you had posted this two spots up!
    Vanquiz wrote:
    That's true ..

    That's why everytime I sell something, usually I put one price shipped and paypalled ...

    I think that's the best way to do it anyway - people like to see their total "out the door" price. It gives them less time to change their mind too!
  • Moogle PepperMoogle Pepper Big picture in the sky Posts: 2,945Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2009
    I'm a paypalled and shipped kinda guy. But if there is a nearby buyer, I do discount that from the price of the item I am selling. I don't like added fees either, so I leave it as a flat price that includes the "paypal fee" and shipping.
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  • photobugphotobug Major grins Silicon Valley, CAPosts: 633Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2009
    PayPal fees are just a part of doing business. This is something you should be absorbing as a business person.
    I think right there is where you are going off-track. DGrin is predominantly peer-to-peer, individual photographers doing a little horse-trading. The fallacy in your opening statement is that folks advertise in the Horse Trading (I mean "Flea Market") forum as a business. In general, I do not believe that's the case -- we'll all just fellow photographers swapping some excess gear.

    I've bought and sold quite a bit of equipment through DGrin over the years. Usually when I've sold, I've posted the same price regardless of payment method. Occasionally, for more expensive items, I've asked extra for PayPal or offered "will split PayPal fees". If you say that it's not fair for the buyer to pay all the PayPal charges, then is it any more fair for the seller to absorb them all (when it's an individual, not a business)?

    When I sell something, of course I want to get fair value for the item I'm selling -- but I want the buyer to feel like s/he is getting good value, too, and don't want to charge a penny more than necessary -- hence, can offer a better deal for the buyer if PayPal isn't used.

    All that said, in my experience PayPal ends up being the payment method of choice about 90% of the time.

    ...On clarification is needed here -- PayPal does not automatically mean "3% fees". That assumption isn't quite accurate. There are TWO kinds of PayPal accounts -- one in which all transactions are free (but credit cards aren't accepted) and one in which PayPal charges approx 3% on all transactions (and credit cards are accepted). The confusing thing is that PayPal charges NOT based on whether a credit card is used or not, but based on which account type is used! So I keep *two* PayPal accounts, one which accepts credit cards (but charges ~3%) and another which accepts all other forms of payment with zero service charges. That way if I sell something, the customer can pay by non-credit-card means through PayPal and there are no fees involved for anyone (but I have to give a different PayPal email address, depending on payment method).
    ...credit card companies (VISA, MC, AMEX, Discover) do not allow merchants to pass along any kind of fee to the consumer. If you have a PayPal business account (not a personal account) I'm sure it's the same case.
    Apparently PayPal does have this requirement, although I was not previously aware of it. So I'll never ask extra for PayPal again (but might discount for non-credit-card payments ;-)).


    In the end, probably the most practical suggestion is to either have a single asking price regardless of payment method, or for more expensive items to post a PayPal price and offer a discount for cash.


    p.s. you could raise all the same questions about whether a seller includes shipping charges in the asking price, or not. It would be the same conversation all over again.
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  • Don KondraDon Kondra Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Posts: 630Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2009
    For me, I find the nickel and dimes thingee annoying. Just give me a total please mwink.gif

    Of course I'm in Canada and my only option is paypal and shipped, selling or buying.

    With a little experience and/or research, it becomes obvious what the shipping costs are, a lens is $10-15, a camera is ~$25, etc.

    Perhaps what it boils down to is making the item for sale as attractive as possible and the buying experience as easy as possible.

    For me, that is seeing a total selling price.

    Cheers, Don
  • PupatorPupator Major grins Posts: 2,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 11, 2009
    photobug wrote:
    p.s. you could raise all the same questions about whether a seller includes shipping charges in the asking price, or not. It would be the same conversation all over again.

    Not quite the same conversation since adding shipping charges aren't a violation of any user agreements. deal.gif
  • dcabarledcabarle Big grins Posts: 19Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 17, 2009
    Many gas stations in NJ have a CC price and Gas price. This is usually a 10 cent per gallon difference.
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  • photobugphotobug Major grins Silicon Valley, CAPosts: 633Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 17, 2009
    dcabarle wrote:
    Many gas stations in NJ have a CC price and Gas price. This is usually a 10 cent per gallon difference.
    It is quite common in California, also. They must get away with it by saying that it's a "discount for cash payment", rather than a surcharge for credit-card payment.
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  • Art ScottArt Scott Have PASSPORT will TRAVEL WICHITA, KS USAPosts: 8,959Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 17, 2009
    Just left a lapidary store that has a large sign posted.....NO CC ACCEPTED FOR UNDER $20 ..........owner said that withthe rising cost of doing business with a CC company she just afford to allow charges of small amounts less than..........it is becoming common to see CC limits now in this region................
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  • Photog4ChristPhotog4Christ Neal Jacob Posts: 716Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 17, 2009
    Art Scott wrote:
    Just left a lapidary store that has a large sign posted.....NO CC ACCEPTED FOR UNDER $20 ..........owner said that withthe rising cost of doing business with a CC company she just afford to allow charges of small amounts less than..........it is becoming common to see CC limits now in this region................

    I completely understand where she is coming from and why she might have that posted, but she signed her merchant agreement and her merchant agreement says she can't do that.

    Years ago, I went to a guitar shop to buy a guitar. I put a guitar on layaway. I made partial payments on the guitar, but still didn't pay the guitar off enough to get it out of layaway. I later discovered that a friend of mine worked at another guitar store, so I wanted to buy from him. So, I went back to "Store A" and asked for my money back and that I was not going to purchase the guitar. The owner of the store pointed to the sign that said "NO REFUNDS".

    Long story short.... The state has a layaway law. I called the Office of Consumer Affairs and complained.... I ended up getting my money back. So, just because someone has a sign that says something ("NO REFUNDS", "NO CREDIT CARDS FOR PURCHASES UNDER $20", "YOU BREAK IT YOU BUY IT", etc....) doesn't really mean that's the case.
  • SeymoreSeymore Banned User Posts: 1,539Banned Major grins
    edited July 20, 2009
    Neal... It's called a "free market economy" because people are FREE to ask what they want any way they want. Now, doesn't mean you HAVE to agree, but this is the sellers prerogative to ask what they want. If you don't like someone price, you don't have to buy from them.

    If there were LAWS banning this, you might have a foot to stand on with this... but IMPO, you don't and PP would really have a hard time enforcing ALL their rules on everyone who "violated" them.
  • PupatorPupator Major grins Posts: 2,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 22, 2009
    Seymore wrote:
    Neal... It's called a "free market economy" because people are FREE to ask what they want any way they want. Now, doesn't mean you HAVE to agree, but this is the sellers prerogative to ask what they want. If you don't like someone price, you don't have to buy from them.

    If there were LAWS banning this, you might have a foot to stand on with this... but IMPO, you don't and PP would really have a hard time enforcing ALL their rules on everyone who "violated" them.

    Yep. We're (whoever "we" are) free not to buy from sellers that violate their Paypal User Agreement and even (if we wanted to) to report them to Paypal. Paypal would then be free to close their account.

    This part isn't directed at Seymore - this is just a general observation.

    We live in an interesting age when people don't feel obligated to honor their agreements unless their actions would be otherwise illegal. Remember the days when a man's word was enough to know that he'd keep his agreement? Now even 10 page legal documents called User Agreements aren't enough to convince people they should act how they agreed to act when they signed up for the service.

    (Marriage too, right? "...for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part." Since a divorce isn't illegal people really don't feel the need to stand by those words.)
  • Ric GrupeRic Grupe Hampshire Prairie Posts: 9,522Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 22, 2009
    Pupator wrote:
    Remember the days when a man's word was enough to know that he'd keep his agreement?

    Yeah.....it sure was a lot easier to cheat and beat back in those days. Seems like you just can't get away with anything anymore.rolleyes1.gif

    Spoken like an honest man, a dying breed methinks.:cry
  • Photog4ChristPhotog4Christ Neal Jacob Posts: 716Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 22, 2009
    If you have a driver's license, you agree to abide by the motor vehicle code. Of course, you don't have to abide by it and if you don't on a regular basis, you'll eventually be caught and penalized. Same thing with merchant accounts. You don't have to abide by the agreement that you agreed to follow when you signed up for an account, but eventually you'll end up getting caught and penalized.

    I guess the choice is up to you.



    Ditto to everything Pupator said.
  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Posts: 3,116Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 22, 2009
    Getting back on topic, I'd rather see a total price, if you're paying in a different way other than paypal,
    use PM's to haggle that part of the deal.

    Quick, what's the paypal charge on something that's $675.00?
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  • PupatorPupator Major grins Posts: 2,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 22, 2009
    davev wrote:
    Getting back on topic, I'd rather see a total price, if you're paying in a different way other than paypal,
    use PM's to haggle that part of the deal.

    Quick, what's the paypal charge on something that's $675.00?

    For those who aren't familiar with it - Paypal also offers the ability to send an e-check. It takes 3 days to clear (usually) instead of the instant transfer, but the maximum fee on e-checks is, I think, $3.50. I frequently use them to reduce fees.
  • DoctorItDoctorIt vrooom! Posts: 11,940Administrators moderator
    edited April 29, 2010
    This has come up again, so I just added a short blurb to the guidelines.
    Erik
    moderator of: The Flea Market [ guidelines ]

  • Tom AbbottTom Abbott Major grins Posts: 101Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 29, 2010
    FWIW: I quote a price that will be net to me. If expense is incurred for shipping, payment method, customs, etc. the buyer is on notice that I would not be paying those amounts.
  • Art ScottArt Scott Have PASSPORT will TRAVEL WICHITA, KS USAPosts: 8,959Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 29, 2010
    Tom Abbott wrote:
    FWIW: I quote a price that will be net to me. If expense is incurred for shipping, payment method, customs, etc. the buyer is on notice that I would not be paying those amounts.


    As a buyer I could care less of the net amount the seller wants....as a buyer I want to know TOTAL cost to get item to my door.......so when a seller posts and says the price does not include PP fees, shipping etc etc.....I will send one email asking for total costs and if the seller jacks up shipping costs and other fees....we don't do business.........I also follow my own rules when selling.....price shown is total and since I use UsPS mostly then that price will get item to any US City even in Hi and Ak......outside US will cost more and I have that amount in 24 hrours for int't buyers....

    Remember if using PayPal it is against their rules to say "you need to add so many % for PayPal fees to cost" .....also it is against PayPal rules to ask to be paid as a gift for ANY ITEM being SOLD. PayPal gifting is for just that Gift Money like: Birthdays, Valentines day, Buddhas Birthday, Chinese New Year, Moms Day, Dads day, etc etc.............
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