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My friend has sent me money and I have been charged a fee. They have sent me money on maybe 5 or 6 occasions and this has now happened the last two times. They have used the balance in their PayPal account (which more than covered it) and not their bank card, so I don't understand why this has happened?
Its down to how the payment was SENT to your account.
1. If they sent using money > goods / services option then paypal would see you as a seller and charge you a fee.
2. If they had sent using the send money > family / friends option then you would have had the payment with no fee.
I see. PayPal has changed the interface. So now when you send money it auto-selects "Paying for an item or service" and does not stipulate the recipient will pay a fee!
Thanks for the great answer @kernowlass, I will inform my friend.
And PayPal, if you're listening, thanks for costing me money. Well played!
PayPal didn't cost you money. Your friend cost you money by not knowing how to use the interface and send you money OR you cost yourself money by not informing your friend beforehand on how to send you money to avoid a fee.