Ebay Morons Galore!

June 12, 2008

Paypal is Shit

Any other sellers out there not receiving email notification of Paypal payments being sent to you? I’m not, and it’s been a problem since late May.

Hell, I didn’t even notice until my unpaid item stack grew to a ridiculous size. I was about to file like 20 Unpaid Item Disputes when I noticed that hey, some of these people DID pay! I searched my gmail up and down — nothing. Also, people started to complain. You know how some people get when they have to wait an extra a few days for their shitty vintage t-shirts and raggity jerseys.

The problem’s not on my end and for once, the customers are not to blame. My settings are correct and gmail’s spam filter has never let me down. The problem’s gotta be Paypal’s.

I noticed on May 30 that ebay actually admitted the problem was on their/Paypal’s end. They even made an official announcement about it. However, they clear out all system announcements at the end of the month, so you can no longer find it. It was posted for about a day and a half. Great job burying the admission of guilt, assholes.

For about 10 days or so, I noticed I was still not getting all of my payment notification emails, even though the ebay announcement said the problem was resolved, so I sent Paypal a complaint letter. Here it is (stupid formatting is them.. I don’t know what their input box does to text, but it’s pretty screwy):

customer subject: Why am I not receiving all Notification emails?
customer message: Starting on May 16, I have
received MANY (no fewer than 15) Paypal payments with *NO* email
Notification. My settings are correct and the buyers paid properly. This
is very important because I use those emails to ship. I didn’t realize
this problem until people started complaining about slow shipping weeks
later, and I’ve already received bad feedback about this. I noticed that
people on popular message boards have been having the same problem. What
is going on?? This is ridiculous.

After a few days, I finally get a response.

Dear (me),

Thanks for contacting PayPal.

In order to best assist you, we recommend that you contact us by
telephone for resolution/clarification. You may contact PayPal’s
Customer Service at 1-402-935-2050.

For future reference, this information is also located in the Help
Center, and is easily accessible by following these steps:
1. Visit https://www.paypal.com/.
2. Click the “Contact Us” link.
3. In the “Help by Phone” section click the “Customer Service
Center” link.

Thank you for using PayPal for your online payment needs.

PayPal Resolution Services
PayPal, an eBay Company

What? I have to call them now? Just tell me what is going on. I’ve called Paypal before and it’s always a disaster. You’re on hold for at least half an hour, then you talk to a person who clearly shouldn’t be working there, then you get transfered to another person who you have to explain the entire situation to before they explain how they can’t help you and how you should call this other number. No, I won’t be doing that.

Is it that hard to tell me what is going on in writing? Is that it? Do they really not want an admission of error in written form? Why the hell do I have to call anyway? What are they going to do for me? Just fix the problem and people won’t complain.

The worst part is that this notification email problem is STILL going on. Just 20 minutes ago, I logged into my account and noticed I missed a payment from two days ago. Paypal’s service has been abysmal so far in 2008 and it doesn’t look like that’ll be changing soon.


  1. I’ve missed two payment notifications and I was lucky to check my Paypal account directly to see what was going on.

    I called and I was told they haven’t had any other complaints. I was told to contact my e-mail provider and find out what was wrong with their filters. They seem to let a lot of junk through and I’m tired of looking through the junk bin for Paypal e-mails. They don’t exist.

    Paypal has a problem.

    Comment by Steven — June 12, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

  2. I asked customer service to send a test e-mail. I was told they couldn’t send it until after they got off the phone. I’ve waited a few hours and haven’t seen anything from paypal.

    I think they want me to hang up because they don’t want to hear me complain that the mail isn’t going through.

    enough said.

    Comment by Steven — June 12, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

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    Trackback by Gold Earner — June 18, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

  4. I’m glad you posted this because there have been several occasions where I’ve received money, but haven’t been notified by Paypal. I guess the rule should be to just log in everyday and check it. A pain in the ass, but it’s the only way to be sure.

    Comment by Mike Sieber — July 10, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

  5. Ok people if Paypal have caused you distress here is a cheap way to cause them some back …especially if you are a power seller …it takes one of there people a couple of days to get this in order …to their expense only costs you a tenner …ENJOY

    [ADMIN NOTE: I have no idea what this about or if it’s spam but it looks retarded so I’m deleting it.]

    Comment by Jim — September 2, 2008 @ 4:27 am

  6. I Bought an iphone from a website and got a clone version when i sent a complaint to paypal they said sorry we ony guarentee ebay users.

    Then i sold a laptop on gumtree and posted it to the address given to me.

    The guy refunded his money the second day and said he havent recieved the item i sent the original royal mail reciepts to paypal but they didnt wanna listen to me and refunded him the money while i got his signatures on the royal mail website tracker page..

    paypal didnt listened to me at all and at last i told the customer services lady to go to sleep because if you can’t sort out my problem and dont wanna listen to me so better if you go to sleep.


    I Had to pay my university fee till christmas so i sold my laptop and now because i couldnt arrange money on time, i am off from uni for 8 months.


    Comment by jayy — January 13, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

  7. I agree, PayPal is shit, read my case study at


    Comment by one3rdnerd — February 23, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

  8. ebay is shit

    paypal is shit

    Comment by john — October 21, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

  9. spot on, f**k paypal. eBay used to be great, now it’s as bad as paypal. they are all pure scum

    Comment by carl higgins — April 12, 2011 @ 12:49 am

  10. ebay is disgusting! I listed an item only for delivery in the UK. a Spanish buyer asked me “is the postage to Spain same as UK or what” mmmm literate fellow. Then I said no I dont post overseas bla bla bla. I got bad feedback and because he didn’t agree to cancel the transaction I had to pay all the astronomical fees too! ebay is a crock of S*** – someone please come up with an alternative they make me puke!

    Comment by tagbullet — April 19, 2011 @ 9:28 am

  11. even when u have proof that the other person had not paid seems you are made to look like the one thats one wrong oh but they say but they the buyer told then they did pay errr wrong emails and bank staments done lie .. ebay pull ya head out of your as$

    Comment by peterbris — May 1, 2011 @ 8:31 am

  12. I hate Ebay more than anything else in the entire universe!!!! Hope they get closed down one day they deserve it!

    Comment by patricia — October 27, 2011 @ 3:53 am


    Comment by glenica — October 27, 2011 @ 3:54 am

    • then stop using it dear.

      Comment by yupyrsdotcum — November 26, 2013 @ 10:38 am

  14. wait, you’ve wasted even more bandwidth going on about stupid feedback.. but that’s been done already on ebay. stop already! do something productive!

    land sakes, have some mercy.

    Comment by yupyrsdotcum — November 26, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    • Do something productive? Like comment on a blog that hasn’t been updated in years?

      Comment by J — November 26, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

  15. Great site. Just had a quick read.

    Comment by Leonia — December 26, 2017 @ 10:37 pm

  16. Ebay Powerseller Level

    Paypal is Shit | Ebay Morons Galore!

    Trackback by great ebay seller — January 16, 2018 @ 10:11 am

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