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Why are suppliers reluctant to accept Paypal or other secure payment transactions?

Posted: 2013-03-18

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I am trying to purchase Nikon cameras and I find that none of the suppliers are willing to accept payment via Paypal, Alipay or LC. What is going on with secure payment transactions?


There could be multiple reasons, but based on my experience, here are the two most likely candidates:

  • What is your order size and is your order size appropriate for the seller? Sometimes the larger sellers who deal in volume don’t want the headache of getting set up in Paypal or using L/C as they deal in steady large orders for a select group of buyers. More information can be found at this link: All You Need To Know For China Sourcing

  • Another reason may be that you are falling into a trap with a scam. Once you send money to a private account, they disappear. That is why they may say on their website they accept Paypal, but then give you 100 reasons why they can’t when it comes time to place an order.

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