I have an account with Paypal, but not with ebay.
My daughter's boyfriend has an account with ebay, but not with Paypal.
He made a winning bid at an ebay auction and asked if I could use my Paypal account to pay for the items, and he would reimburse me. He gave me the auction number, and I visited the page. At the top of the page it said [his ebay id] had won the auction. And "if you are [his ebay id] click here. So I did, as I wanted to make sure I was sending money to the right person. The next page had payment options. So I clicked on the one for Paypal, and the next page had my Paypal account log in (cookies, I assume). I then paid for the auction item with no more questions asked about my identity.
What is bothering me, is surely I shouldn't be able to do that? ebay never asked for my daughter's boyfriend's ebay password. What is stopping anyone, after an auction has closed, paying for the item, putting in their own address and taking it before the winner sends in their own payment details? Especially if the winner takes some time to pay?
The item would have been paid for, but could be in the post to the wrong person before the winner knew what was happening.
BTW, I added a message in Paypal to say I wasn't the winner, I was paying on his behalf. And I put my daughter's boyfriend's postal address in. I hope I haven't broken any rules by doing this...I'm not very familiar with ebay.
But shouldn't ebay ask for your ebay password when you pay, so the right person claims the item?
Puzzled...and should I tell them. I had a query about Paypal - when they changed their terms and condtions you had to say you 'understood' their method of resolving disputes. I couldn't work out if it applied outside California, and e-mailed to ask for clarification. They never replied. It's put me off asking these big sites questions at all.