Ok thanks for the clarification shrike.
4.5 No Surcharges. You agree that you will not impose a surcharge or any other fee for accepting PayPal as a payment method. You may charge a handling fee in connection with the sale of goods or services, as long as the handling fee does not operate as a surcharge and is not higher than the handling fee you charge for non-PayPal transactions.
I am not a lawyer but it states in plain English that you can't charge more to sell an item via PayPal then using cash.
Neither am I, though as it states in the above agreement, which is parallel to the merchant agreements for Visa, MC, Discover and AmEx.
Article from The Consumerist about credit card surcharges and minimum purchases:http://consumerist.c...-violation.html
They don't allow for the surcharge of fees for credit card purchases over cash, as well as minimums for credit card purchases. If you see someone doing it, you should report them to MC/Visa/etc.
I'd like to hope that CAGs don't start making this an issue with two prices for payment, one for Paypal and one for non-Paypal. Amazon Payments has their UA look similar to Paypal's, so I'm sure it has the same legal in it. When I get a chance, I'll look it over.
People should stick to one price and that's it. If they're going to sue the convenience of Paypal or Amazon Payments, they need to pay the fees with that convenience. Merchants do it with credit card transactions, and they can lose their use of those credit cards if they violate them. Same goes for Paypal.
The only problem I see with that is the example for a personal payment from their selection includes this line:
A Personal Payment is:paying a friend back for your share of a lunch bill;
That wording makes me think, personally, that gameshares and Steam 4-packs would apply there. A lunch bill, if one person bought it, people have obviously shared/bought the food but one person bought it up front. Just saying paypal's own descriptions between the two are a bit contradictory. I understand that these are the rules now but I'm just wanting to point out Paypal does have some contradicting statements that is definitely causing this grey area.
That situation is a gray area, yes, since it's a close analog to the gameshare situation with the lunch bill argument.
It would certainly bear talking with them and trying to find out their stance on it. I'm sure they'd err on the side of their fees, if I had to take a stab at it, though it does warrant some further clarification.