Tick Tock: As a buyerI find PayPal useful,... it is quick, I have a clear email to confirm payment has been made to the seller, and PayPal also gives the seller my address for the goods.
What annoys me is Ebay's lax attitude to sellers who surcharge PayPal users. Ebay's trading rules strictly prohibit this. Below I've just copied an extract from their PayPal FAQ...
"My seller wants me to pay extra for using PayPal. Is this allowed? Sellers who accept electronic money services as a means of payment for an item purchased on eBay, may not impose a surcharge (or extra fee)."
I have used pay pal and find it useful, BUT as said before ..... CHECK THE SELLERS FEEDBACK. I never use anyone with less than 98.5% positive. It can stop a lot of heartache and ££ missing if you do! happy bidding!
used ebay for the first time this week and sold my first item tonight (even with NO feedback surprisingly) for a lot more than I was expecting.
Found it easy to use once the setting up PayPal which takes a few days to set up direct debit.
As long as you stick to sellers that have lots of positive feedback (which isn't me yet lol) and use common sense then you should be okay.
A good thing to remember when using Ebay: If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is!
Also look out for members that sell information or links. They sometimes word it very crafty so that it seems you are actually buying the item.
Finally, NEVER be fooled buy fraud e-mails offering sales outside of ebay even when they pretend they are authorised to do this by ebay and provide a very genuine looking links. Every genuine ebay sell will be done through the website. If a seller asks for payment through western Union, beware, there is no way of tracking them.