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Won money at contest, PayPal thinks I’m a seller

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Hi. I won some money at a video game contest and, the prize was 50$ and I was even charged on PayPal for it, and it’s on hold for 25 days because PayPal thinks I’m a seller. This is insane. What can I do to get my money?


Won money at contest, PayPal thinks I’m a seller

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You were sent a goods and services payment by the sender so yes, it’ll treated as a sale transaction and could experience a hold.


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My payment is on hold. Why is this happening?

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If payment has been on hold longer than 21 days, and you already did the tasks to get money released sooner, ask PayPal to release it:      

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