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    Thumbs down PayPal rant

    I have used PayPal and E-Bay about 7 times over the course of about 5 years. Never had a problem until this past month. How many of you give PayPal your bacnk account numbers? I refuse to as a purchaser. If I was selling, then I'd set up a specific account just for that, and only keep X number of dollars in it so I couldn't get ripped off.
    Anyway, I purchased a pump for my sprinkler system, went to pay for it, wouldn't take the PayPal payment. Wouldn't accept my credit card number to add it in. Hmmm. E-mail them and it takes 2 days to get a response. Answer, multiple accounts, close the accounts and open a new one, can't have multiple personal accounts. I do so, and it still won't accept. Have to authorize a 1.95 charge that will show up as a credit on PayPal after 24 hours, to verify account. Do that reluctantly, because I feel like part of it is my fault for not remembering the account was under an e-mail account I haven't used in 2 years. That goes through, I enter the confirmation number from the credit card account to verify, takes it, still won't let me pay the company for the pump! I'm getting livid now. Starts taking more that 2 days for answers on e-mail, and the last one has been 6 days now. Says I need to give them my bank account number for verification. Nope, sorry, no will do. I asked them why they didn't say this to begin with, and I would close my PayPal account out, vow to never use them again, and send a cashier's check for my purchase. That's the one I haven't heard from yet. Then after some digging around, I see I could have changed the e-mail address for the old account to begin with, and kept going. They didn't suggest that as the best avenue. Wonder why???
    So be careful. I think PayPal has gotten too big for their own pants. I don't think this was a phishing scheme, because I was dealing with the E-bay site and had e-mailed the vendor.
    Has anyone else seen this or something similar? I spouted off and told them I was going to spread the news of this on the forums I was on, so I'm living up to my word. And I'm serious about not using PayPal ever again. If a vendor won't do payment some other way, they won't get my business. Probably won't do much with E-bay again for that matter, since they are one in the same company. I might email the vendor to see if they have similar items off Ebay that can be purchased, like maybe through Google checkout.
    Thanks for listening to me vent. I don't do this often. Jim.
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    Hi Jim,
    You need to share this kind of stuff with us and get it off your chest. I don't deal with the pay pal as he is not my pal either. I would like to add a few others to this list of companies not my pal like my utility company and my cellphone provider , oh yeah and my mortgage provider . Just lookin for another to add to the list. We all know "stuff happen" and I am so glad you put your's out here. Hang on "Jim Bo"
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    Jim, I am sorry (but not at all surprised) about the problems.

    I absolutely refuse to use Paypal.
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    I have never used paypal or done any business over the internet. Just because of the horror stories like this. It seem people go merrily along for even years with no problem & then it like a volcanic crater opens up.

    I have looked longingly at items for sale on the internet & because I won't use Paypal or E-Bay or Amazon or any other business over the internet I don't get those items & I don't have the worry that goes with the way these thing happen either. As it turns out I usually don't really need it anyway or there is an alternate way to get the item needed or wanted anyway.
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    I had a similar experience some years back . . . if PayPal is the only way to buy an item, I don't buy it.
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    Bart, the only thing this has been is a major pain in the tookus. I have the pump coming by sending a cashier's check, but that doesn't leave me any grounds in case of a problem. All the internet dealings I have had with companies have been top notch. Even the E-bay vendors I have used I have been very pleased with. It's just PayPal. Jim.
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    just for the record, my dealings with Paypal have been smooth. Nothing to complain about and I use it once every couple of months probably.

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    Well, I often do not have any choice. I've been using PayPal since they started, just about, and I have a Verified Japanese Business account. I've handled thousands and thousands of dollars worth of sales and purchases on it and never a problem, touch wood.

    Sorry for your troubles Jim, that just plain sucks, but I have had similar VERY frustrating problems with a local bank, just down the street that my wife has dealt with, face to face for 25 years. Same kind of problem, same kind of BS, same flavor of poor service, stuck waiting around in a bank for 4 hours to talk to a manager yada yada yada crap. No, we no longer to business there.

    My point is that internet or not, the problem is the person you are dealing with, or the people, local or internet, you can have the same problems.

    Good to get it off your chest, hope you feel better!
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    Stu

    I just don't trust having anything like account# etc on my computer I know it all suppost to be safe. But when someone can crack what ever code barrier to Bank of America which is what happened to a friend of mine on line banking they cleaned out his account B of A replaced the money but the inconvience & how it shook them up was it really worth it?
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    Yep Bart, it is!
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