I answered an ad from a H.A.M.B.er who was looking for an old Ford part. I sent him some photos of what I had and we agreed on a price. This piece was kind of bulky but not real heavy. Probably an oversize item if I shipped it by UPS and it would cost quite a bit to ship via LTL. So, since my company has a fleet of trucks that travel to our warehouses throughout the country I told my H.A.M.B. buddy that if he could wait a couple of weeks we could hitch a ride on a truck heading to his city. He would just have to pick the part up at a warehouse nearby. Everything was cool. We were able to save at least $50 in shipping costs. The buyer asked if he could pay by Paypal. He said that he had only recently set up an account and had used it a couple of times on Ebay and it seemed OK. I told him that I usually only do money orders or sometimes checks but my wife set up a Paypal account during the holidays so lets try it. The part was shipped and I received a nice phone call from the buyer that he picked it up and it was as he had expected. So later I get an email from Paypal that the buyer has made a payment to me. As I read further I see that Paypal has deducted a fee! Not that much but I guess I'm old fashioned and I like to know what I'm paying for. So apparently I'm paying Paypal a fee for the privelage of having money automatically deposited in my bank account? No, not quite. As I read the email even further I see that the transaction is being processed and the funds will not really be deposited in my account for three or four days. Hmm, that's about the amount of time it would take for the buyer to get a money order to me. Or maybe I'm paying for the processing of the email telling me that they are deducting a fee? By no means am I bad mouthing my fellow H.A.M.B.er. He was very appreciative of getting the part in good shape and paying no shipping charges. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to save him some dough and get him a part that he can use. So, do both the buyer and seller get nicked on a Paypal transaction? I don't quite understand the advantage of using it.