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%.

Or

* 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?

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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)
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