Apollyon wrote:Wow, they actually charge you too? That actually has a me a little nervous because I've been using Paypal and Venmo. I know a couple of people will be alright but it's the ones who come out with no previous posts etc. that have me wondering. I'm hoping to get something started on my own as well and it sounds like I'll be needing to find a different outlet. It's one thing to get ripped off, but to pay for the express pleasure of being ripped off? No Thanks.
Yeah, be careful who you sell to. We keep a list of people who have ripped us off in the past. We also are very cautious about sending large orders (more than 2 plants) to people we've never seen order from us before. If using PayPal as your payment processor, it certainly "pays" to be cautious!
What really baffles me is why people have to be such shady characters in the first place. Hard to believe that people would scam someone out of a freaking plant, but I guess it is the world we're living in these days.
Apollyon wrote:Your experience was very insightful, thank you for that. As I mentioned earlier, I've personally heard some terrible stories about eBay buyers. I guess it'd stand to reason Paypal would be similar in policy considering it was the main platform for eBay transactions from the beginning.
Yes, there's a reason we try to avoid selling on eBay. Sometimes, if product isn't moving fast enough on our website or if business is just really slow and we need to generate more revenue, I'll list things on eBay for sale. But the eBay buyers, as a whole, are the worst we've ever dealt with. Lots of scamming, both on the side of sellers and buyers, goes down on eBay.
Apollyon wrote:Though I wonder, does sending "Friends and Family" keep them from being able to do that? That's what I've been doing, due to the tax. It wouldn't be a transaction for a product, at least not on paper.
I think you are correct. The "Friends and Family" option provides the seller with much more protection and I don't believe it is possible to file a chargeback in that case. However, when selling through any eCommerce software that allows the customer to use credit cards, the "Friends and Family" option isn't available.
jose wrote:Just my opinion
OK...well....not much to say in response to that. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I was just wondering if you had any solid talking points to support your opinion because my opinion is quite different from yours and, after selling on Etsy for a couple of years, I can list clear reasons why Etsy is a good place to sell from my experience.