Paypal apparently hates violins. (I mean, we all do, right? Have you every heard one of those things? But I digress…) Not just a regular hatred, but a violint (get it?), smashing hatred.
From the Mailbag | Regretsy:
I sold an old French violin to a buyer in Canada, and the buyer disputed the label. …
Rather than have the violin returned to me, PayPal made the buyer DESTROY the violin in order to get his money back. They somehow deemed the violin as “counterfeit” even though there is no such thing in the violin world.
Just when I was beginning to think that PayPal had reached the depths of their idiocy, they somehow manage to sink a little lower. It's unfortunate that there is no other reasonable payment option available to the vast majority of eBay users, so most people are stuck with these fuck-wits and the scummy users who know how to exploit the loopholes and file bogus disputes. (Actually you can use something called Moneybookers or ProPay on eBay, which nobody has ever heard of and which are never used in the wild, as far as I can tell; you cannot use a check, money order or cash like in the old days).
I have cancelled my PayPal account in the past and refused to use them for a long time because of stupid shit in their policies. I was dragged back after they became the only available payment option on eBay, and you all know that I have a serious $1000-per-day eBay habit. Internets, please invent a replacement for these morons. Thanks.