It wasn't until recently that I found out that you could send money thru PayPal as a "Gift" and not the the recipient pay any fees. The only problem with this is that you don't have the same PayPal protection if you don't receive your item.
This is a great option when buying something from someone that you know or have dealt with many times in the past to the point that you trust them.
But, PayPal is keeping track of this. My wife is active on a different forum where members often sell and trade aquarium plants. One of the members has been selling items for a while and accepting payments as a "Gift." PayPal recently contacted him and let him know that the user agreement stated that this practice was just to be used when dealing a friend/family member, and wasn't intended to be used as a way to avoid PayPal fees. They told him that they were watching his account and this practice could get him suspended or lead to the closing of his account.
I'm not sure if this affects many people here, but I wanted to pass this along!
PayPal fees have steadily increased over the years, along with eBay fees. PayPal does have its advantages, but I still hate the fees involved, especially when selling on eBay since they own PayPal and charge their own fees.
I have heard of other services, but I haven't looked into any of them. Are there any good alternatives out there? It seems to me that this would be a great time to start a service like this. PayPal is growing rapidly and more businesses are starting to accept PayPal, both online and brick and mortar stores.