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Gumtree Purchase and Paypal

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Hi Yes I am one of those who have paid for something off Gumtree and paid via my paylpal balance via friends and familyl.  Obvs the apple watch hasn't turned up and now the refund I asked for from the seller hasn't. 
After lots of excuses for why the watch hadnt arrived and delaying, I then was faced with why the refund hadn't come through. 
I guess getting my money back isn't likely but wanted to know if anyone had any advice (apart from not to use friends and family)
Thank you in advance

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  • soolinsoolin Forumite, Board Guide
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    Nope, no advice at all I’m afraid. PayPal are very clear about the dangers of friends and family payments and by going ahead you were agreeing that you Understood  the risks. At one point it used to be worth contacting PayPal to see if they would make any sort of goodwill gesture re refunding, but the warnings are now so common that I haven’t come across a successful goodwill payment request now for some time. 

    Sorry but your money is lost. 

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  • EmmaMellingEmmaMelling Forumite
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    Thank you, yes thats what I suspected.  Taught me a valuable lesson.  I never even knew about the dangers, I do now! 

  • jsmith9jsmith9 Forumite
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    Yes it is pretty much like putting used fivers into an envelope and posting it off to a PO Box number! :)
  • cymruchriscymruchris Forumite
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    Agreed with the above -  sadly you’ve lost the money. The watch likely didn’t exist in the first place. But no point kicking yourself over it - what’s done is done - and you’re clued up enough not to let it happen to you again. Make sure you share it with your friends and family / not to look daft - but to ensure they don’t fall for something similar in future. We all learn from others mistakes.

    An ex-bankrupt on a journey of recovery. Feel free to send me a DM reference credit building credit cards from the usual suspects :) Happy to help others going through what I've been through!
  • cymruchriscymruchris Forumite
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    Oh and another small tip / if your name happens to be ‘Emma Melling’ I would change your username on a public forum
    - otherwise before you know it your Facebook inbox will be full of scammers offering you a replacement watch at half the price as they are so sorry that you got scammed.

    An ex-bankrupt on a journey of recovery. Feel free to send me a DM reference credit building credit cards from the usual suspects :) Happy to help others going through what I've been through!
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