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Payment Surcharges

If you intend to sell on one or more of eBay's international sites, you will need to accept, and we encourage you to carefully review, the User Agreement, policies, and other requirements of that site. You can continue to reach out to the relevant customer service teams on the respective eBay site of your listing or transaction, as may be applicable to the nature of your query.

Sellers may not charge eBay buyers an additional fee for their use of ordinary forms of payment, including acceptance of cheques, demand drafts, electronic transfers or credit and debit cards. Such costs should be built into the price of the item -- this policy reduces the potential for confusion among bidders about the true cost of an item.

Further, some forms of payment surcharges, such as credit card surcharges are prohibited by law in some countries such as the United States or under the issuing institution's rules and regulations for merchants.

Although credit card surcharges are not illegal under Indian law, they are usually in breach of the issuing institution's operating rules and regulations for merchants (usually set out in a Merchant Agreement). For more information you should contact your financial institution or follow these links:

http://www.mastercard.com/in/
http://www.visa-asia.com/index.shtml

Can a seller charge the buyer additional fees on top of the final bid or Buy It Now price of an eBay item? Yes

  • Sellers may charge the buyer for reasonable shipping and handling fees, providing the payment of these fees by the buyer is disclosed up front in the listing. A shipping and handling fee can cover the seller's reasonable costs for mailing, packaging and handling the item. Shipping and handling fees cannot be listed as a percentage of the final sale price.

  • Sellers may choose to accept payment in a different currency to the listing currency. In these circumstances the seller may charge the buyer for any costs associated with currency exchange, provided the costs are disclosed and agreed to in advance by the buyer.

Spend a few minutes taking eBay's tutorial on Fee Circumvention.


Not permitted:
Charging an extra fee to use a credit card instead of a cheque
Charging an extra fee to use PaisaPay

Permitted:
A seller can add a surcharge to the final price of the item in three instances:

Shipping and Handling - Sellers may charge a reasonable shipping and handling fee to the final price of their item. A shipping and handling fee can cover the seller's reasonable costs for mailing, packaging and handling the item. Shipping and handling fees cannot be listed as a percentage of the final sale price.

Different Currency - Sellers may choose to accept payment in a different currency than the currency listed on eBay. If the buyer chooses to take advantage of this optional payment method, the seller may pass along to the buyer any costs associated with the currency exchange, provided that the costs are disclosed and agreed to in advance by the buyer.

Note: Some types of payment surcharges are permitted on some of eBay's international sites.


This policy reduces the potential for confusion among bidders about the full cost of an item. These listings undermine the trust and legitimacy of eBay's marketplace.

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