What is Paypal?
PayPal Holdings, Inc. is a global U.S. company that operates an online payment system that supports money transfers between users and serves as an electronic alternative to traditional payment methods such as checks and money orders. The company operates as a payment processor for online merchants, auction sites and other online business users, and even physical merchants, for which it charges a percentage commission and fee. Here you will find out what to do if you have PayPal money on hold.
Founded in 1998, PayPal had its IPO in 2002, becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of eBay that same year.
It has headquarters are in San Jose (California, United States), its operations center is in Omaha (Nebraska, United States) and the operations center for the European Union is in Dublin (Ireland).
It was initially founded under the name Confinity6 in 1998 by Max Levchin, Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek, and Ken Howery. In March 2000, Confinity merged with X.com, an online banking company founded by Elon Musk.7 After its merger with X.com, in 2001 it was renamed PayPal.8
One of its first locations was 165 University Avenue in Palo Alto, California, where several Silicon Valley companies started. At first, PayPal was a service for money transfers via PDAs. But payment on the web became a more palatable business. An aggressive marketing campaign, offering first $10 and then $5 to sign up for the system, caused growth to be meteoric: 7-10% per day between January and March 2000.
Part of eBay
eBay bought PayPal in October 2002, by which time it was already the payment method used by more than 50% of eBay users, and the service was competing with eBay’s own system, Billpoint.
Currently, its closest competitors are Neteller, AlertPay, Moneybookers, Payoneer Inc., Google Pay, Apple Pay, and Westernunion (in Latin America). Alipay, Alibaba Group’s online payment method, has been able to surpass PayPal and Apple Pay as a mobile payment platform.
Extension to cryptocurrency
In June 2020, it was announced that this company was interested in starting operations with cryptocurrencies, for which it had already conversations with the main cryptocurrency exchanges such as Kraken and Coinbase.
Is PayPal a bank?
PayPal can be considered a bank, so it is governed by the same laws as banks. Despite this, PayPal has to comply with the rules of the U.S. Treasury Department and the European Union’s Financial Services Authority.
Some of the rules are aimed at preventing money laundering and fraudulent transactions. PayPal is not interested in this concept, unlike traditional banking institutions, where customers receive rewards for depositing money.
It should be noted that PayPal has a buyer protection policy, up to 2500 USD (or equivalent in another currency), where problems of “Item not received” or “Item not as described” are covered, including not only the price of the item but also the shipping costs. This type of protection is only valid for certain purchases which do not include, for example, intangible items, services, vehicles, etc… Point 13 of the Agreement on the use of the PayPal service provides more detailed information on buyer protection.
For each transaction, PayPal charges a variable fee of 5.4% + a flat fee of 0.3 USD per transaction to the recipient of the money.
What else does PayPal do?
PayPal also collects money for a currency conversion (consisting of a variable fee depending on “currency market conditions” which is usually between 2.5 % and 4 %). Although when paying in a currency other than the primary currency, PayPal allows the currency exchange to be provided by the credit card company.
As a summary, PayPal charges for the concepts of:
Charging a commission to the seller for using PayPal as a payment platform.
PayPal does not charge for the concepts of:
Making a payment to another person or company (the buyer does not pay more than the price set by the seller).
Charging money to the PayPal account.
Open different accounts in different currencies as long as it is within PayPal.
There are two types of accounts for users: Personal and Business.
Money on hold
According to PayPal Policies, PayPal money on hold happens when
- The payment received may be considered unusual for your sales patterns.
- Your account has been inactive for some time
- We found an unusual change in the transaction’s selling price.
- You are selling a product that may cause customer dissatisfaction.
- PayPal noticed that you have only recently started selling outside of eBay, so your track record as a seller outside of eBay is quite short.
What should I do if I have money on hold?
If you have PayPal money on hold you should know that If there aren’t any issues with your transaction, such as a customer filing a dispute, the payment will become available within 21 days.
How can I get my money?
You can unlock eligible payments by doing one of the following:
• Add follow-up information. If you use one of the authorized carriers, the hold will be released one day after the carrier confirms the delivery.
• Update your order status if your payment is related to a service or intangible object (piano lessons, ebooks, etc.) and you receive the money within 7 days.
• Print the Royal Mail or Parcelforce package label. One day after the courier confirms the delivery, we will track the item and release the hold.
If you can’t wait 21 days, discuss the situation with your customer or the person who sent you the money. Then, refund the amount and ask them to send the same amount back to you. This time you can transfer money directly to your PayPal balance, withdraw it or send it to anyone.
You can also add tracking information and change the order status.
1. Log in to your account.
2. Find the transaction you want to update and click Make Money.
3. If you already sell the item, select Item to add tracking information or print the shipping label directly.
. If you sold an intangible item or service, select Virtual Product or Service to check the status of your order.
5. Click Submit.