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If you actually read paypals buyer protection then you will see that paypal are doing exactly what they say that they will do ie give you a full refund on return of the goods back to the seller.
They don't offer you an insurance policy or 100% guarantee protection of everything.
Personally I think they should get the loser of the dispute to send you a shipping label BUT that is not what they say in buyer protection.
In the event of a dispute you need to bear in mind possible return trackable costs before you buy from that seller / item / country because....
Paypal state this >>
PayPal is not obliged to reimburse you for any costs that you incur to comply with any of PayPal’s requests for cooperation for the purpose of resolving the problem (including, without limitation, costs that you incur to return a SNAD item to the Payment Recipient or another party as PayPal requests), although sometimes it may reimburse these costs.
Although they will compensate you for some of the cost if you have activated this at some point before you made that transaction.
You also have the option to do a chargeback via your card issuer instead of a Paypal dispute if you funded your Paypal payment via a credit card.