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What should I do if I have a problem with my purchase?

When you have any concern with your purchase, we recommend that you always contact the seller directly first. This is often the faster and easier way to clear a misunderstanding and resolve a small issue.

If the item you ordered online doesn't arrive or is significantly different from the seller's item description, you can file a dispute in the Resolution Center within 180 days of purchase. You'll be able to communicate with the seller and request for a refund through PayPal's platform.

Here's how to file a dispute in the Resolution Center:
  1. Go to Resolution Center.
  2. Click Report a Problem.
  3. Select the transaction ID you want to dispute and click Continue.
  4. Select "Item dispute," then click Continue.
  5. Follow the instructions to complete filing your dispute.
If you still can't reach a resolution with your seller, you can escalate the dispute to a claim within 20 days of the date the dispute was opened. We'll then investigate the case and decide the outcome based on the evidence provided.

Here's how to escalate your dispute to a claim:
  1. Go to Resolution Center.
  2. Click View next to your case.
  3. Click Escalate to PayPal.
  4. Follow the instructions to escalate the dispute to a claim.
If you meet the requirements of PayPal Buyer Protection, we'll reimburse you for the full purchase price of the item plus the original shipping costs.
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