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13 hours ago, Hobbit said:One evidently wants to be sure to use the "friends and family" mode, to avoid fees...

 

 

 

“Friends and family” avoids fees but means the transaction isn’t covered by the buyer protection plan. If I were buying from a stranger — especially an expensive deck — I wouldn’t send the money through friends and family. You could raise the prices you plan to charge by 3% to cover the fees. 
 

(I’ve knitted so many things using your mother’s stitch directories, which I bought in the 80s! She’s made so many contributions in so many areas of study!)

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One can also get into big trouble if caught using it to avoid fees. 😉

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Yes, I've been reading the paypal lit on that.  It's a little confusing, and selling various one-off personally-owned items is a bit of a grey area.  But I understand the buyer protection bit, and will encourage using "goods and services" mode instead which is also more reassuring to a buyer.  All of this is new to me, and I appreciate all the feedback here.

 

_H*
 

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9 hours ago, Agnes said:

“Friends and family” avoids fees but means the transaction isn’t covered by the buyer protection plan. If I were buying from a stranger — especially an expensive deck — I wouldn’t send the money through friends and family. You could raise the prices you plan to charge by 3% to cover the fees. 

 

This. If someone asks me to use friends and family, I tell them no, but I'll add the fees in. Only one seller refused - and lost himself a sale. (The only exception was that lovely Russian deck (Forgotten Legends); paypal isn't allowing commercial transactions with Russia at the moment (sanctions) so I bit the bullet. It took for ever, and I was worried, but in the end...)

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Status update:  I have returned home to the Boston area, and brought the entire collection with me, including a well-thumbed copy of Stuart Kaplan's "Encyclopedia".  It is still tightly packed and sealed into shipping boxes, and I can't really unpack it until I do some organizing and clear some space for everything to sit in an accessible configuration.  I'm not going to have anything like the beautiful glass-front display cabinets that my mom has, which are now a melancholy study in bleak emptiness.

 

The sorting process, before theTetris-into-boxes game ...

Sorting/packing process

 

But if her living situation has to change soon, that will make things easier.  I may very well be back on the road soon enough, to help with the next phase of whatever life brings her.  I will not have physical access to the decks/books while away, but will still entertain discussions of finding them new homes eventually.


For the car-techies in the crowd, this post from the trip up may be somewhat amusing...

 

_H*

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Very best wishes to your mother, I hope she knows how we all value her work.

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So ... bit of an update.  I am back in FL again, already.  The decks are all safely stashed in my Boston-area home, but I don't have access to them at the moment.  Mom's mobility and strength are having more issues, and I'm back  here helping with various stuff while she's staying in the rehab center [also skilled nursing] on the same campus.  All of this is a moving target, and we're all in serious one-day-at-a-time mode, but it's clear to both of us that it's time for me to take over running almost all the mundane aspects of her life -- finances, logistics, property maintenance, disposal of various possessions in advance of her possibly having to move to smaller accomodations ... and take as much of it online as I can, so I can run things from back home.

 

I told her to never try doing finances on the computer, because she largely doesn't know what she's looking at or what to expect ... fortunately, I'm pretty familiar with online banking and tax prep and transaction-type options.  It's still its share of work to set up, not to mention convincing various institutions that I'm legit.  But if Mom never has to look at another dollar figure again, she'll be that much happier.

 

What's hilarious is that she's been teaching one or two of the caregivers about tarot, and the symbolism and history around it.

 

_H*

 

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