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PayPal 101: How PayPal Works, 2014

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Part 2: How does PayPal make money?
Answer: as a middleman financial broker, PayPal makes its profit by charging a percentage of the money it transfers for you.
 
  • PayPal is Free for Buyers and for Sending Money to Someone Else. Once a buyer sets up a Paypal account, then it costs nothing to send money to a vendor. The funds are withdrawn from the user's credit card or bank account, or both. PayPal does not charge buyers to send money.
     
  • PayPal Commonly Charges Money Receivers (Sellers) a 30 Cent Fee + (1.9% to 2.9%) Surcharge. PayPal will only charge you to receive funds. Using a special surcharge formula, PayPal will bill you whenever you receive a payment from a buyer.
 
  • If you are sending money to a friend or family member (someone who is not a registered seller), you can opt to pay for the PayPal surcharge yourself.

  • Paypal Fee Table:
  1. For receiving transfers under $3000 USD: the fee is 2.9% + $0.30 USD.
  2. For receiving transfers $3000.01 to $10,000: the fee is 2.5% + $0.30 USD.
  3. For receiving transfers $10,000.01 to $100,000: the fee is 2.2% + $0.30 USD.
  4. Receiving transfers over $100,000: Paypal charges 1.9% + $0.30 USD.


As you might guess, smart sellers will increase their prices to offset this charge on their side of PayPal.

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