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Managing returns due to refund fee changes by Paypal

NOVEMBER 4 2019

Higher fees coming for online sellers

When PayPal first announced a policy change in April 2019, whereby sellers would not be refunded their transaction fees in the case of a return, online forums lit up with outraged sellers. Initially it seemed that PayPal was reversing this highly unpopular change, but on October 11 the new refund policy went into effect. Sellers accepting PayPal are out the 2.9% plus 30-cent fee on their sale even if a full refund is later given to the customer.

PayPal sent out the following policy update:

'We're changing how we treat refunds. If you refund (partially or fully) a transaction to a buyer or a donation to a donor, there are no fees to make the refund, but the fees you originally paid as the seller will not be returned to you.' For example, the sale of a $1,000 dress would cost the seller $29.30 in PayPal fees. In the case of a full refund to the buyer prior to October 11 the seller would be returned $29.00; a return today would result in zero dollars returned to the seller. Reselling the same dress would incur fees a second time, cutting into already slim margins.

RETURN FRAUD EXPOSES SELLERS TO UNRECOVERABLE FEES

Shoe return tag prevent counterfeit product switches wardrobing 360 ID Tag

Preventing items sold online going out for a night on the town and being returned. Shown here is the Classic Loop 360 ID Tag.

Sellers bear the cost of payment processing fees multiple times for the same item

On forums sellers are debating the need to reassess their return policies as this unexpected fee hike just made accepting returns more expensive. Unfortunately, there will always be instances of buyers returning items for various reasons, but what if the mere presence of a 360 ID Tag had the effect of deterring a dishonest buyer from engaging in brazen acts of return fraud like wear and return, 'wardrobing', or counterfeit product switches? Current 360 ID Tag users are reporting lower rates of returns and as a bonus they have been able to successfully identify customers who are serial returners. For those businesses accepting PayPal this is a welcomed benefit and is helping them in managing returns.

THE SOLUTION IS FOUND IN THE RETURN TAG

Typically costing less than 50-cents per item, the 360 ID Tag solution is well worth the investment, protecting you from unscrupulous buyers and unreasonable merchant fees.

Shoe return tag prevent counterfeit product switches wardrobing 360 ID Tag

Ship your item with a 360 ID Tag attached. Customers can still try the item on with the return tag attached.

Let us know in the comments below how your business has been impacted by Paypal's policy change.

CHELSEA DUHS - FOUNDER 360 ID TAG

Choose a 360 ID Tag Pack to suit your business

We offer 4 different 360 ID Tag packs with varying combinations of return tag material and tamper-evident security seals; or you can build your own combination. Have a look at the 360 ID Tag products and choose one that suits the types of products that you sell online.

Classic Loop 45 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag
Classic Loop 45 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag
Classic Loop 45 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag
Clothing dress wardrobing return tag 360 ID Tag
Classic Loop 45 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag
Anti Wear and Return Tag Jeans 360 ID Tag

Classic Loop 45 Pack - 22mm

$28.95
Compact Loop 200 Pack - 10mm - 360 ID Tag
Compact Loop 200 Pack - 10mm - 360 ID Tag
Compact Loop Pack 10mm Accessories 360 ID Tag
Compact Loop Pack 10mm Tamper Evident 360 ID Tag
Jewelry Return Fraud Prevention Tag 360 ID Tag
Jewelry Prevent Wear and Return Fraud 360 ID Tag
Return Tag Accessories Shoes Jewelry 360 ID Tag
Compact Loop Pack 10mm Tamper Evident Void 360 ID Tag

Compact Loop 200 Pack - 10mm

$43.95
Compact Loop 180 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag
Compact Loop 180 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag
Compact Loop 180 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag
Compact Loop 180 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag
Compact Loop 180 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag

Compact Loop 180 Pack - 22mm

$43.95
Extended Loop 45 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag
Extended Loop 45 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag
Extended Loop 45 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag
Extended Loop 45 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag
Extended Loop 45 Pack - 22mm - 360 ID Tag

Extended Loop 45 Pack - 22mm

$43.95

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