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A sale I made last week was the first where I have encountered this new sales tax issue. eBay does not charge a fee on the sales tax, but PayPal does. Between eBay's USPS calculator being off nearly $12 [I accurately entered box size & I own a postal scale], the eBay fees and the PayPal fees, I am out over $38 on a $150+ item. I will attempt to use local pickup through Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace before I post any new items on eBay. I realize it's a smaller market, but it will be my new first choice for posting. Thanks for the suggestion of Zelle, or similar, for accepting payments.
I've been on Ebay for over 22 years. It gets worse and worse for the consumer
Back in the day you could pay for an item and accept payment however you wanted. Check or even CASH.
They have locked it down and now it is paypal or nothing.
What is this "ZELLE" you are referring to? Is that an acceptable payment option on Ebay sales?
Please elaborate. Thanks
Thank you for your efforts. I pray their is a class action lawsuit against Pay Pal. I have not sold much in awhile but have been on ebay 22 years and counting. Was shocked to see 2 items sold for same prices but paypal charging me a fee on the sales tax that THEY collected that us as a consumer never asked to be implemented in the first place. Bad enough they charge fee on Shipping cost.
Now eBay puts this out today
Once we start collecting tax in these states, you do not need to take any action. There are no extra charges or fees for this service. Prior to these dates, please continue to collect and remit tax in these states and comply with any other applicable requirements they impose.
Basically a lie. It's not costing me as much as others, but basically I'm being required to pay part of the sales tax for an item that somebody is buying from me?!? Do you go to the grocery store and buy something and they have to pay part of the sales tax for your candy? Sales tax is supposed to be a certain percentage of the item cost that the BUYER pays, not the seller pay part of.
STILL UNACCEPTABLE, PAYPAL!
How do we edit this post to remove "solved"? Anyone know?
This question / problem has NOT been solved. It is being addressed by those posting here; those of us who are frustrated and want an answer as to how this can be legal and acceptable.
Do PayPal moderators ever pipe in on this? I have posted very little on PayPal community so not very familiar with how this works.
Kudos to those who are bringing this to the attention of their state AG's. This situation will take more than our complaining here online. Action needs to be taken to stop this thievery. I am grateful for those of you who sound experienced and can help guide those of us who are novices. I hope everyone reading this will spread the word and contact their state's AG, consumer affairs divisions, etc.
I'm replying to this post because I'm not being allowed to reply to the topic. The problem is that ebay is collecting sales tax on the gross amount of my sale. Then paypal takes their fees off that total amount. This is already wrong because the tax isn't money I'm seeing. Then after I've paid extra in fees on this "extra" amount of my sale, the gross amount of sales tax is deducted. So I pay twice now. First the fee on money I don't get, then the extra I lose because the gross amount on which I paid the extra fee is taken from my balance. I'm in PA. As a private citizen I am not required (actually not even legally allowed) to collect state sales tax. If I sell through a newspaper ad, mailer, or at a flea market, I am not required to collect sales tax. If ebay feels the need to assess sales tax, that's fine. But the buyer should be responsible for the entire cost. The seller shouldn't be penalized. Ebay and paypal need to resolve this so if they add a tax to the amount, the entire amount is deducted prior to paypal levying their fees. The transaction details clearly itemize the amount as sales tax being added, so surely they can handle it differently. Charging me a fee on the tax is clearly wrong, and probably illegal as well. I haven't noted this behavior before because I'm a very occasional seller, not an ebay business. Just someone who wants to get rid of odds 'n' ends sometimes. I just made my first sale in over six months, so I don't think this was happening before or I would have noticed. As a casual seller I'm already hurting when I need to ship as the shipping costs have become horrendous. Now I have to lose more so someone else can pay taxes? This stinks.