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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


  • 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! 

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