Oh yes, they most certainly have. A contract requires a meeting of the minds:
A contract requires an offer and acceptance:
Paypal got their consideration, the O.P. did not.
A contract requires mutual consideration
A contract requires performance or delivery:
The O.P. amended the initial contract and made a counter offer. The account was activated. Paypal failed to perform its end of that contract. This is a breach of contract.
You will not use the Business Service, the website or any of the services offered therein for any unlawful, fraudulent or improper activity. If PayPal or Wells Fargo has reason to believe that you may be engaging in or have engaged in fraudulent, unlawful, or improper activity, including without limitation any violation of any terms and conditions relating to the Premier/Business Service, the website or any related services, your access to the Service may be suspended or terminated. You will cooperate fully with PayPal or Wells Fargo to investigate any suspected unlawful, fraudulent or improper activity.
Good faith also comes into play:
The O.P. acted in good faith, Paypal did not.
Originally posted by SkullCreek
Paypal is NOT a bank and, as such, is not bound by any regulations regarding banking transactions. In order to utilize Paypal's "service" you had to agree to the terms of the user agreement. If you actually read the agreement you will see that it defines plenty of "rights" for Paypal while at the same time limiting your "rights" with respect Paypal.
I cancelled my paypal account many years ago when I started to read about complaints from users.
Money orders or bank checks for ebay transactions only, or no deal. If you state the terms in the item listing then that's the deal.
Hope it eventually works out for you.
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As someone has previously mentioned, Paypal is now owned by Ebay, yet they still charge twice for their services.
Originally posted by wdkirk
Interesting read about gold and silver items on Ebay.
Take a look. It might explain something.
If you're selling gold, silver, bullion, coins, etc., to clients in other nations be aware that some nations like Germany, Australia to name a couple do not allow these items to pass through customs. They will either return the items to you or they will keep the items and sell them at auction or otherwise dispose of them. If this happens you're out your item, the mailing costs and will more than likely have to refund the purchaser his or her money. At the very least you will get a black mark on your sales record if you do not refund the funds. You can check which countries accept these items and which do not by going the the USPS website on line and look up which nations prohibit these items from being sent to their countries. Its well worth your time to look them up. England and Canada accept these items to name two. Shipping to Germany, Australia, etc., is asking for trouble with customs and the loss of your item.
Now I've been able to ship silver and gold to Germany and Australia but you must be totally up front with the discription. They will allow silver items and gold if they are collectors items like old coins and items from the Franklin and Washington Mint. So you label them collectors items with an excellent discription and you should do fine.
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I understand that it is a business, but charging people twice when it isn't costing them a penny is scandalous. This is where you come back and say "oh, employees wages, the electric bill...yada yada", trust me, they make enough. It's all about money grabbing, greed and being on one of them top 500 rich lists.