As previously noted many times, charging a surcharge for Paypal payments in the classifieds breaks both the Paypal rules and TalkBass classifieds rules.
Here is the relevant section from the TalkBass classifieds FAQ:
Originally Posted by FAQ
"No surcharges on an item are allowed, this includes the 3% for Paypal. That fee is the seller's responsibility, not the buyer. Paypal's usage agreement specifically prohibits this.
Do not request a payment be sent through Paypal as a personal payment or gift. This leaves the buyer with no recourse should there be a problem - Paypal does not allow for contesting gift transactions. This is also against the Paypal usage agreement, and can result in action taken against both the buyer's and the seller's accounts.
--Please refer to this announcement for more regarding Paypal transactions : http://www.talkbass.com/forum/announ...hp?f=126&a=230
Recently, people have been getting 'creative' and using phrases like:
"$2,000, after all applicable fees"
"$2,000 net after fees"
There's no mistaking this for what it is, trying to get round the rules about adding surcharges for payments.
To reiterate, it is against the rules to charge a surcharge for using a payment method or to insist that a TB user must use a fee-free personal payment when using Paypal. Classifieds threads violating this rule may be deleted without notice.
Users breaking these rules are subject to action, up to and including termination of membership for repeated violations.
We will also not get involved in any transaction disputes where fee free paypal was used. You gave up your financial recourse when you made that decision.
TB users, you can help us enforce these rules by using the red 'report post' triangle icon
Sellers, if you don't want fees it's simple - only accept checks / money orders.