Why is my payment being held?

If your payment is on hold or not available right away, we’ll notify you via email or an alert on your Summary page.

Why are my funds being held, and when will they be available?

Delaying funds availability is a common industry practice we implement to help ensure the secure use of PayPal by both buyers and sellers. By placing your payment on hold, we’re trying to make sure that there’s enough money in your PayPal account to resolve any issues that may arise with your account such as chargebacks or disputes. When subject to a hold, the money is temporarily not available to use.

If there aren’t any issues with your transaction or account, the payment will typically be released within 21 days after receipt. After your hold is released, it may take until midnight (but it's usually sooner) for the money to appear in your account.
 

Why is my payment on hold or unavailable? provides more detail on holds.
How do I get my money sooner for a transaction on hold? provides information on how you may be able to get your funds released early.
Why is my payment from a sale on eBay on hold? provides information on eBay holds and how to contact eBay.

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