EBay sellers will be able to accept a few “prohibited” payments

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Karen Knapstein

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Karen L. Knapstein is Print Editor for Antique Trader. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye.
EBay says that sellers can accept a few checks and money orders from buyers, but they will be watching so this option is not abused…and sellers cannot promote that they will accept non-electronic payments.

What should I do if I have long-standing, repeat customers who insist on paying with checks or money orders, even after I explain the benefits of electronic payments and offer suggestions?

We know this may happen occasionally, and if you accept checks or money orders from these customers a reasonably small percentage of the time, this will not be a violation of the new payments policy. However, we will not allow abuse of the new policy and will be watching for sellers who accept a significant amount of prohibited payments. Remember also, you can refuse to accept these payment methods. If the buyer doesn’t pay, you can file an unpaid item (UPI) complaint. Buyers who insist on paying with these prohibited payment methods in a UPI claim will lose the claim and will not be allowed to leave negative feedback.

You can check out the eBay payment policy here.

If you’re an eBay seller and going to stick with them and do the electronic payment thing, you may want to read this:

ProPay Announces Details of Electronic Payment Alternative for eBay Sellers

You can always drop us a line and let us know how it’s working out for you.

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