Why do people even bother paying by PayPal Gift, given the risk you expose yourself to not just from getting ripped off by the unscrupulous, but also the likelihood of items getting lost or damaged in transit..... ?
For the sake of a few quid....?
I am not being insensitive or cold, but if you choose to take the risk, then its on your own head
Incidentally, even if I pay by "Gift" I still get charged I think, so whats the difference?
Glad its worked out, however I feel this wont be last of this character, and situations like this will be repeated ad infinitum with many other members
A lot of sellers request payment as Paypal gift, there are no fees for gift payment. Otherwise, the seller has to raise a Paypal invoice and the Paypal fees will be deducted when payment is made. For expensive items raising an invoice is the best way for both parties. For a £5 brake caliper, or £30 pair of forks its just a lot easier all round to work on the basis of trust and accepting the risk that nothing may arrive.
I've never had a problem and generally the cycling community are a trustworthy bunch, which is why its so annoying when some moron uses it as an opportunity to line their own pockets.