Shared Items From Around The Web – January 20, 2009


eBay Item Holds Explained

Ebay LogoI ran across this article on eBay Item Holds the other day; it was a term I had not heard before.

eBayInk had an interview with Monroe Labouisse, director of PayPal’s business on eBay in the US and Canada explain Item holds.

In a very small percentage of cases, eBay asks PayPal to hold a payment in a seller’s PayPal account for up to 21 days. eBay asks PayPal to do this for a buyer’s protection when eBay believes the transaction is significantly more likely than the average transaction to be fraudulent or to wind up in a dispute between the buyer and the seller. For example, a relatively new eBay seller who is selling an expensive electronics item may be flagged for an eBay item hold.

I’ve never had a problem either as a buyer or seller with holds, but perhaps Scoting items are not a typical problem area.

PayPal itself says:

PayPal doesn’t hold payments for eBay items if you meet the following:

* You have been an eBay member for 6-months or more, and
* Your total Feedback score is 100 or greater, and
* Your Buyer dissatisfaction percentage** is less than 5%.


* Your average DSR is 4.5 or greater and
* Your have received 20 or more DSRs in the last 12-months
* Your buyer dissatisfaction percentage is less than 5%

Are new sellers in the Scouting Collectibles area seeing these holds?


If nobody spoke unless he had something to say, the human race would very soon lose the use of speech.
W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil, 1925
English dramatist & novelist (1874 – 1965)