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    • Uglymug
    • By Uglymug 15th Mar 17, 6:54 PM
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    Your eBay account has been restricted
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    • 15th Mar 17, 6:54 PM
    Your eBay account has been restricted 15th Mar 17 at 6:54 PM
    I've had a message from Ebay saying that offers to buy or sell outside eBay, including providing contact information within a member-to-member message, are not allowed.
    As a result, my eBay buying and selling account privileges have been restricted for 7 days.
    The buyer wanted to view the item on my doorstep, then I foolishly accepted a cash offer and removed the listing.

    I've got 2 questions,
    1) What should I have done, should I have refused the cash payment?
    2) What exactly are these buying and selling account privileges Ebay have restricted for 7 days? and what does it mean?

    Many thanks in advance for any replies.
    Last edited by Uglymug; 15-03-2017 at 6:58 PM.
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    • Nostrus
    • By Nostrus 15th Mar 17, 6:59 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 6:59 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 6:59 PM
    You essentially won't be able to use Ebay to buy or sell items for 7 days.

    Not sure if they shall apply a seller fee for the item.
    • soolin
    • By soolin 15th Mar 17, 7:03 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 7:03 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 7:03 PM
    I've had a message from Ebay saying that offers to buy or sell outside eBay, including providing contact information within a member-to-member message, are not allowed.
    As a result, my eBay buying and selling account privileges have been restricted for 7 days.
    The buyer wanted to view the item on my doorstep, then I foolishly accepted a cash offer and removed the listing.

    I've got 2 questions,
    1) What should I have done, should I have refused the cash payment?
    2) What exactly are these buying and selling account privileges Ebay have restricted for 7 days? and what does it mean?

    Many thanks in advance for any replies.
    Originally posted by Uglymug
    Basically it means you can't use eBay for a week, and also, any more warnings in the future will see your account closed.

    eBay are getting very hot on the offers to sell outside of eBay issue, I had a warning (no restriction though) last December and others on here said they had also got warnings. In the case of a buyer wanting to view, the correct way of doing it, probably, would have been to get them to bid and then end the auction and sell to highest bidder when they took the item, that way eBay get their fees.

    After a restriction you need to be as pure as the driven snow for the next year or two to avoid real issues.
    I'm the Board Guide for the Ebay Board , Charities Board , Dosh & Disability , Up Your Income and the Local MoneySaving-England board which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. However, do remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this). Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com
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    • Uglymug
    • By Uglymug 15th Mar 17, 7:16 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 7:16 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 7:16 PM
    Since getting the "Your Restricted" message I've sold 2 items and also listed another one - so there seems to be no restriction on my selling.
    The item was on "Buy It Now"
    Also if I accept payment via Ebay and Paypal and the item is collected I run the risk of having Ebay force me to refund the buyer when he claims he never collected the item.
    If there was a way of paying a fee to Ebay after accepting cash - I'd do it - but as far as I can tell there isn't.
    • soolin
    • By soolin 15th Mar 17, 7:35 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 7:35 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 7:35 PM
    Since getting the "Your Restricted" message I've sold 2 items and also listed another one - so there seems to be no restriction on my selling.
    The item was on "Buy It Now"
    Also if I accept payment via Ebay and Paypal and the item is collected I run the risk of having Ebay force me to refund the buyer when he claims he never collected the item.
    If there was a way of paying a fee to Ebay after accepting cash - I'd do it - but as far as I can tell there isn't.
    Originally posted by Uglymug
    Since PayPal is not the only payment option allowed for *most* sellers in *most* categories there is of course a way for eBay to take their fees. The fees are taken as soon as an auction or a BIN is won, payment is actually immaterial, that's why if a buyer fails to pay we sellers have to go through the NPB process to reclaim our fees. If item had sold on eBay, they would have got their fees and you would not have been in breach of their rules even if buyer had paid cash.

    Incidentally, if they have said you are restricted I would be cautious about listing anything. Obviously if they haven't blocked your sales then you can't stop people buying, but just in case I would resist listing for a week. If you get another warning, even through a glitch in their restriction process , you could well face indefinite suspension.
    I'm the Board Guide for the Ebay Board , Charities Board , Dosh & Disability , Up Your Income and the Local MoneySaving-England board which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. However, do remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this). Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com
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    • Nesty
    • By Nesty 15th Mar 17, 11:56 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:56 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:56 PM
    I can only share my expereince I had once on a Friend ebay account with restriction.

    We started selling the stuff on private seller. It was all genuine and we had no negatives at all. In fact all positives. However, we got a VERO warning, from 1 name. So we withdrew all the that name stuff as couldn't risk selling that name.

    We thought the matter was settled with Ebay. Not so.

    About 3 days later we get a email from EBAY saying they felt uncomfortable with our selling practices. What ever that meant to mean as they never stated a reason!

    Without warning all our listings were cancelled & we wasn't completely banned, but they suspended us indefintely from selling that section.

    Many I read about previously had a complete ban on selling, so I suppose lucky only to be suspended in 1 section.

    If were getting bad feedback I'd understand it. Though probably another disgruntled VERO seller which felt we were taking too much of their business & wanted to take us out of action?
    Last edited by Nesty; 15-03-2017 at 11:58 PM.
    • The Last Username
    • By The Last Username 16th Mar 17, 7:24 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 7:24 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 7:24 PM
    IMHO much of it is eBay's own fault for being so bleeping stupid and not allowing users a little more control.
    Or not listening when you tell them or ask them.
    Examples?

    Sold a £200-ish electrical item recently, & noticed payout (PP) was pending.
    Checked & sure enough, my old, out of date (3 years old, mind) Paypal address was showing; yes I KNOW I should have checked when listing
    (maybe I did? And I won't even ask why the old addy should show NOW after three years without a single problem.)
    but it seems my options were to relist OR cancel transaction & send a PP payment request.
    So transaction cancelled, Paypal payment requested, arranged & completed OK, eBay listing updated with tracking etc. (from PP) BUT eBay fees refunded as transaction cancelled.
    And can you find a way around that?
    I can't - so eBay miss out on fees.

    Place eBay add, say in add "collection from XXX, cash on collection preferred".
    Then try to put "payment received" in listing if the payment is different to your listing.
    Again, I can see no way.
    So again they lose out on fees because I cannot mark as paid for what I have received.

    Overall a very poor system, frankly.
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