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    Quote Originally Posted by greenman100 View Post
    so I guess it was illegal when all the gas stations charge more for credit?

    That was one of the biggest reasons some of the consumer protection laws concerning charge payments were written.
    Man, that reminds me of how old I am. I remember very clearly back then. Unleaded was .659 for cash, or .699 for credit. Those scoundrals. 4 cents per gallon premium for credit card payment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODYSSEY View Post
    Would you prefer them to offer a 3% cash discount?

    You would be surprised at how many of the distributors and wholesalers I deal with who do offer a 3-5% discount if I pay by check or wire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorcity View Post
    You would be surprised at how many of the distributors and wholesalers I deal with who do offer a 3-5% discount if I pay by check or wire
    Well that is just the same as charging 3-5% for not paying by credit. Just marketing.

    When they give you a 3-5% discount by paying cash, it is because they raised all of their prices by 3-5% so they can give a "discount"

    Just like Radioshack, where when they have 50% to 75% sales, it is because they raise their prices up by 40% to 60% and then give the "huge discount" while it is really barely enough to even cover the taxes.

    Goes along with the whole most people will buy something that is $9.99 or $19.99, but once it goes to $10 or $20, it no longer seems as enticing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    When they give you a 3-5% discount by paying cash, it is because they raised all of their prices by 3-5% so they can give a "discount"
    Right, but they don't say " add 3% for paypal or cc" which is the point ukchris was making to begin with. When the price is 125.00, it won't be more for cc, but would only be 121.25 for a cash payment. The seller is not adding any points to the price, but is in fact willing to discount for a payment other than cc or paypal. Yes it is the same thing, however it is not a crime. Unlike saying "add 3% for...." is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorcity View Post
    Right, but they don't say " add 3% for paypal or cc" which is the point ukchris was making to begin with. When the price is 125.00, it won't be more for cc, but would only be 121.25 for a cash payment. The seller is not adding any points to the price, but is in fact willing to discount for a payment other than cc or paypal. Yes it is the same thing, however it is not a crime. Unlike saying "add 3% for...." is.
    But for an ebay auction, your bid assumes cash. So if the bidder says please place your maximum bid plus 3%, then I will give you a discount if you pay by cheque or moeny order, it would be the same.

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    I think a big part of this is that if you are selling something to me and I pay by PayPal it depends on the kind of account you have as to whether there is a fee or not. If you have a personal PayPal account there will be no fee, the restriction is that I have to pay from my PayPal balance or bank transfer, not with a credit card (as your Personal PayPal account cannot take them).

    Now if you choose to have a Premier PayPal account such that you have the ability to accept credit cards then that's your business, not mine.

    If there was a surcharge for using PayPal I wouldn't have much of an issue with this but there is not, there is a charge for a seller having an account that gives them extra benefits. I, for example, have a checking account that charges me fees (for which I get extra facilities), that is my choice, I don't think people would be thrilled if I insisted they pay their share of my fees!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    Goes along with the whole most people will buy something that is $9.99 or $19.99, but once it goes to $10 or $20, it no longer seems as enticing!
    That is sooooooo TRUE!!!

    I work at an iSoldIt On Ebay store that also sells Cricket cellular service...

    I've noticed when some employees use... "The phone is only $80..." customers think it's too much... and then I come in and help my coworkers out... I go "Yeah, and for $79.99......."

    SOLD

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    Its a common trick, most buyers think they would save alot when they see $79.99 rather than $80

    When I see someone already selling for $79.99, I sell mine for $79.98 and then tries to recover that 1c lost elsewhere. Most of the time I can recover far more, it work all the time just to get the sales

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    Isn't it explicitly stated in the PayPal terms of service that you will NOT charge more just for the fees? I thought I remembered reading it somewhere...either Ebay TOS or PayPal TOS...
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    Who readt those termes of use anyway nowadays
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