Published on April 16th, 2012 | by Paterson Prosper1
PayPal: if you don’t like the violin you bought, smash it and we’ll give you your money back
When will people learn to stop using PayPal for anything of value? The company is famous for ripping people off, and has been doing so for as long as it has been in business.
Just when you thought PayPal couldn’t get any stupider, well, they get stupider. Erica sold an antique violin to someone who paid $2500 for it over PayPal. The buyer disputed the authenticity of the violin — which had been authenticated by a top luthier — and PayPal instructed him that he could have his money back if he destroyed the violin. He did, and sent the photo of the destroyed, one-of-a-kind, precious instrument to the seller and PayPal. PayPal took the $2500 back from Erica, gave it to the violin-smasher, and called it a day.
I am now out a violin that made it through WWII as well as $2500. This is of course, upsetting. But my main goal in writing to you is to prevent PayPal from ordering the destruction of violins and other antiquities that they know nothing about. It is beyond me why PayPal simply didn’t have the violin returned to me.
I spoke on the phone to numerous reps from PayPal who 100% defended their action and gave me the party line.
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That is depressing and funny as hell at the same time. Paypal also ripped me off £30 when a guy claimed that the mp3 player I sent him hadn't been delivered and it arrived later. The guy got the money and the player. I'd already taken the money out of paypal and the bank didnt have funds for paypal to take, so left me with an account on minus 30... Needless to say I ignored any letters from paypal requesting the money and opened a new paypal account.