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The longest its held is 21 days.
Paypal is an absolute joke we have now made 4 formal complaints about this problem, several phone calls we have been promised someone will review our account and get back to us but we have had nothing in response. We are trying to run a business on ebay we are 4 months established , have passed our ebay hold period a month ago with 100% perfect feedback and delivery times and yet paypal are still holding our incoming funds. We cannot keep fronting the postage especially abroad we are talking up to $90 to post some items and then waiting 4 weeks for our funds this is not how small businesses work, we are now going to refund everyone and close our account this is an appalling service, all we wanted was an answer as to why paypal are doing this to us and they cant even provide this or explain.
Paypal suck its the worst business banking system we have ever had the nightmare or using and has cost us our dream of starting a small shop, we are financially **bleep** now.
Ebay and Paypal are 2 separate companies and have 2 separate policies for holding funds for 'new sellers'.
If yours was an Ebay transaction then its an Ebay hold and Ebay authorise when paypal can release the funds.
Feedback does not count for payment release.
Normally for Ebays hold funds are released when tracking shows the item as delivered + 3 days (if you use Ebay / paypal postage).
Info in this Ebay link below about Ebays hold.
Keep In Mind This Is Only Temporarily! Once You Have Sold More Than 25 Items & Have Made More Than $250 On eBay You Will Then Be Taken Out of That Pending Program & You Will Receive Your Funds Instantly If You Have Immediate Payment On Your Sales On eBay. As For Now, This Is Just To Make Sure You Develop A Good Selling History On eBay & Become A Good Seller On eBay. Hope You Understand & I Helped As Well. Thank you!
Once again...this is not true. I've made well over 25 sales (98 to be exact) on Ebay, to the tune of $2304, and Paypal is still placing a hold on my funds. Feedback score is 100% with 34 actual feedbacks and DSR score of 33 (out of 34). Been selling for over 4 months now. It appears to me that Paypal's decision is arbitrary...and lacks any consistency. What criteria they use appears only to be determined in what way the wind is blowing on a particular day.