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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Credit Cards
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Credit Cards
I'm considering making a £600ish online purchase from a company trading in the UK, and the checkout has two options:
Sign-into Paypal account or continue as guest.

Is there any difference in the protection using a credit card through a paypal account versus inputting credit card details as a guest? As a guest, am I relying on protection from the credit card company?
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  • Ebe_ScroogeEbe_Scrooge Forumite
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    If you use Paypal, you won't be entitled to the same S75 protection you would have if paying directly by credit card. It doesn't matter if you buy as a guest or whether you sign up for an account - personally I'd always opt for paying by credit card.
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    edited 20 September 2019 at 5:43PM
    If you use Paypal, you won't be entitled to the same S75 protection you would have if paying directly by credit card. It doesn't matter if you buy as a guest or whether you sign up for an account - personally I'd always opt for paying by credit card.

    So if I pay as a paypal guest using a credit card I get full S75 protection?

    Edit: I've re-read what you wrote and I think you are saying avoid paypal altogether? Bit difficult with this company because that is the only payment method offered. I suppose I will have to decide if I want to do business with them at all.
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    Personally, if I am purchasing anything of significant value (£100 or over) then I will always use a credit card and actively avoid PayPal...So if a company only has a PayPal option to pay for something valued over £100, then I will look elsewhere, even if it means paying a bit more...
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    Do not go as guest. It means you miss out on paypal protection...
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    edited 20 September 2019 at 8:22PM
    You won't get s75 protection either way as continuing as a guest will just mean that you are using the credit card to fund paypal and transferring the funds using paypal without having a paypal account/without using your paypal account.

    Is this a genuine UK company? This scenario where the website offers a choice of payment by paypal or payment by credit card which then takes you to a page which allows you to use paypal as a guest when you click on the pay by credit card link is familiar to me and is used by Chinese individuals masquerading as a UK company. Beware. A .co.uk domain name means NOTHING.
  • NicholasNicholas Forumite
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    Ben8282 wrote: »
    Is this a genuine UK company? This scenario where the website offers a choice of payment by paypal or payment by credit card which then takes you to a page which allows you to use paypal as a guest when you click on the pay by credit card link is familiar to me and is used by Chinese individuals masquerading as a UK company. Beware. A .co.uk domain name means NOTHING.

    They seem to be UK based
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    They're mentioned alot on AVForums website, and their prices undercut Amazon by a fair bit. It's because they are cheaper and only use Paypal is why I am a bit wary.
  • edited 21 September 2019 at 2:10AM
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    edited 21 September 2019 at 2:10AM
    I do not wish to attempt to make a determination as to if this is a genuine UK company or not.
    However, I find it strange that their entire range of stock consists of 16 items.
    I also very much do not like the way that the various credit card symbols are displayed but when you cli9ck on them you are taken to the paypal payment page.This is the same as the fake Chinese websites and, again like the fake Chinese websites, gives no idea at this stage of the name of the company or person that the payment is being made to..
    I think in your case, assuming the saving is significant, I would first order one of the very low value items such as the UK/Europe adaptor plug at £8.99. You may not want it but one day it might come in hamdy so it wouldn't be a complete waste of money. When you get the paypal receipt e-mail after making the payment by credit card, you will be able to see where the money has gone. If it has gone to an individual with a Chinese sounding name or to the UK company named. You will also see how long it takes to receive the plug and if it has been dispatched in the UK or China.

    I would like to add that there is nothing wrong, as such, with buying goods from Chinese individuals based in china providing that you do so knowingly and not as a result of such individuals pretending to be a UK company. In the case of my own experience the item in question, of relatively low value, was eventually received after a delay of a few weeks, and was posted in China. The item worked and was as described.

    But irrespective of if this is a genuine UK company or not there will be NO s75 protection on this type of payment.
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    Ironically, since I started this thread, Amazon have dropped some of their prices. :rotfl:
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    Well they have been registered on companies house since the above date. Seem to be be run by a individual.
    Which could explain the limited numbers of products sold. As well as why they use paypal and not a merchant bank which would charge a lot more.
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