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Payment dispute seller protections

If a buyer files a payment dispute, the seller may be eligible for payment dispute seller protection.

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When a buyer opens a dispute with their payment institution (for example, their credit card provider or PayPal), the payment institution will inform eBay of the dispute and initiate a process to resolve the dispute with the buyer. eBay will collect information about the transaction and help the seller build evidence to defend the dispute.

The final outcome of the dispute is decided by the payment institution. However, the seller may be eligible for payment dispute seller protections by eBay. For details on how these protections work – which transactions are eligible or excluded, and what sellers need to do – please read our full policy below.

Protections, eligibility requirements and exclusions

Payment dispute seller protections apply when the buyer opens a payment dispute for one of the following reasons:

  • They didn't receive the item
  • They don't recognise the transaction or have an issue with the transaction
  • The item they received doesn't match the listing

For a seller to be eligible for payment dispute seller protections:

  • The transaction must meet the requirements specified in this policy
  • The seller must respond to the payment dispute and take action within the required time frames
  • If challenging the payment dispute, the seller must provide the required evidence
  • The seller may not be in violation of the User Agreement

Eligible scenarios and excluded transactions

Eligible scenarios

  • The transaction was for physical goods and there is evidence of a successful delivery or pickup
  • The seller issued a full refund to the buyer through eBay
  • An eBay Money Back Guarantee case of the same type was already:
    • Decided against the buyer; or
    • Resolved with a full refund to the buyer through eBay

Excluded transactions

Required actions and time frames

ActionsTime frame
Accept the disputeWithin 5 calendar days after the dispute notification is received
Challenge the dispute and provide supporting evidenceWithin 5 calendar days after the dispute notification is received

When a buyer opens a payment dispute because they didn't receive the item or they don't recognise the transaction

When a buyer opens a payment dispute because they didn't receive the item or they don't recognise the transaction, sellers will be asked to provide:

  • Evidence of successful delivery to the address provided by the buyer at checkout, or
  • Proof that the buyer collected the item

If eBay determines that the item was successfully delivered or collected:

  • We will not seek reimbursement from the seller for the disputed amount, even if the payment institution decides that the buyer is owed a refund; and
  • We will waive or refund the seller's dispute fee

Evidence of successful delivery

Tracking information from a postal carrier that shows all of the following:

  • A delivery status of "delivered" (or equivalent in the country to which the item was delivered);
  • The date of delivery;
  • The recipient's address that matches the one found on the Order details page, including the city/county or postcode or Eircode (or international equivalent); and
  • Proof of signature confirmation uploaded as an image while challenging the payment dispute, for orders with a total cost of €550 or more. Learn more about our signature confirmation requirements

Evidence of successful collection

For items that are collected directly from the seller, evidence that the buyer has received the item may include:

  • A copy of the eBay order details, signed by the buyer at the time of collection

When a buyer opens a payment dispute because the item doesn't match the listing

When a buyer opens a payment dispute because the item they received doesn't match the listing, sellers will be asked to provide evidence to challenge the payment dispute, such as photographs showing the item's condition prior to postage.

When determining whether to protect a seller, eBay will look for one of the following:

  • The seller issued a full refund to the buyer through eBay
  • An eBay Money Back Guarantee case of the same type for the same transaction was:
    • Decided against the buyer, or
    • Resolved with a full refund to the buyer

If eBay determines that the transaction is eligible for protections:

  • We will not seek reimbursement from the seller for the disputed amount, even if the payment institution decides that the buyer is owed a refund; and
  • We will waive or refund the seller's dispute fee

Dispute fees, payment holds, and reimbursements

Dispute fees

When a buyer files a payment dispute, the seller is charged a dispute fee by eBay. This fee will be waived or refunded if the transaction qualifies for payment dispute seller protections.

Seller payment holds

At the time the buyer files a payment dispute, the seller's funds may be held by eBay as outlined in the Payments Terms of Use. The hold may be in place for up to 30 calendar days.

Seller reimbursements to eBay

As described in this policy, eBay may determine that the seller is not eligible for payment dispute seller protections. If the seller is not eligible and the buyer's payment institution decides that the buyer is owed a refund, eBay will seek reimbursement from the seller in accordance with our User Agreement and Payments Terms of Use.

We will seek reimbursement by:

  • Deducting the refund amount from the seller payouts that have not yet been disbursed, or
  • If the seller funds are not sufficient to cover the refund, we will charge the refund amount to the seller's payout bank account

If reimbursement is unsuccessful, eBay reserves the right to seek reimbursement through other means.

Appeals and duplicate claims

Appeals

If eBay determines that a seller is not eligible for payment dispute seller protections, the seller can submit an appeal by contacting eBay within 30 calendar days from the date the payment dispute outcome was communicated. As part of reviewing an appeal, we may ask the seller to provide additional documentation.

eBay reserves the right to make final decisions.

Duplicate claims

Buyers can't use more than one resolution method to get a refund. If a buyer opens a payment dispute with their payment institution, the seller must respond to the payment dispute. eBay will close any open order cancellations, reports that an item hasn't arrived, return requests, or eBay Money Back Guarantee cases for the same transaction.

Other terms and related policies

  • eBay may provide a seller's contact information to the payment institution or the buyer in accordance with our Payments Terms of Use and as set out in our User Privacy Notice
  • The seller allows eBay to access the postage information of the relevant postage carrier to verify the delivery of an item and grants eBay access to this information if necessary
  • In some cases, the payment institution may reopen a closed payment dispute. In this situation, eBay will notify the seller and may request that they provide additional information to challenge the dispute

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