PLEASE help with paypal (in Off-topic)

Synco September 15 2005 3:34 PM EDT

I opened a free personal account on paypal. I sold CB1 for 36 USD. And then I bought 1 mil CB2. When I tried to xfer my 16 USD out for the mil CB2, it wouldn't let me. Apparently, I need to have either a bank account or a credit card tied to it to xfer cash out. But I can receive cash just fine. So now I have 36 USD in there that I can't use.

Any suggestions?

Arorrr September 15 2005 3:35 PM EDT

Yes, add a CC, transfer the money then remove the CC. Or you can just add a bank account. Whatever you do, do not upgrade to business account because you won't able to go back.

Synco September 15 2005 3:38 PM EDT

Yeah, problem is I'm 14. I don't have a credit card, and a bank account can't be in my name, so it's shared by my Dad and I. (It's in both out names.) I can't withdraw anything without his permission. There's no way he'll let me.

Arorrr September 15 2005 3:44 PM EDT

You can close your account. They will send the money, minus 3-4$ fee to your home. I hope you did register your account with valid infomation, right?

Synco September 15 2005 3:47 PM EDT

That doesn't really help. I'd rather have it sit in there, and not do anything than have it sent to my home. My parents check the mail, if they see it, I'll be in trouble.

Synco September 15 2005 3:48 PM EDT

And it's not that I need the cash in real life or anything. It's just that I now have 36 USD in my account doing nothing, when I intended to sell it for CB2.

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] September 15 2005 4:04 PM EDT

So purchase something using the money in your PayPal account. You have $36 to spend on anything that you can purchase with PayPal funds. Go nuts!

Synco September 15 2005 4:07 PM EDT

Bast, the problem with that is that I'll get in trouble with my parents if something gets mailed to me. They'll see it, and the they'll start asking questions. They don't want me dealing with money over the internet.

[Beo]AggroHippie September 15 2005 4:07 PM EDT

well, one thing you could still do is add the bank account to paypal, and you will need to confirm it. paypal will make 2 deposits, so you will need to go and check the amounts of those deposits and then you can sell the money, and then close the paypal account. problem solved. (and if you say you cant because your parents will be angry, then you should have not sold the CB1 for 36 usd in the first place.)

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] September 15 2005 4:09 PM EDT

You are old enough to defy your parents by dealing with money over the internet against their express wishes, surely you are old enough to face getting into trouble for doing so. :)

Synco September 15 2005 4:17 PM EDT

When I sold the CB1 for USD, I was not using any outside source of money. No real money was involved.

Synco September 15 2005 4:18 PM EDT

And I had no idea, I was going to run into this problem.

maulaxe September 15 2005 4:27 PM EDT

if i had CB to sell you, i would say that you should buy something and have it mailed to me... maybe you should make post offering to buy and ship something in return for CB.

Maelstrom September 15 2005 4:28 PM EDT

Why not just keep the money in there until you're old enough to get a credit card? :p

QBSefton [Black Cheetah Bazaar] September 15 2005 4:43 PM EDT

Or offer to pay for someones online game subscription (if they allow pay pal) or buy a service or software download that is basically email based on the paper trail :)

Maelstrom September 15 2005 4:56 PM EDT

I guess I have a related question:

My paypal account is linked to my credit card, but I have only used it to pay for things - can I receive payments with the account as it is, or do I need to verify the paypal account, as they seem to imply?

Spontaneous received money but can't spend it because it's not linked to anything. Would the money I receive be credited to my credit card, or is it just "virtual" money?

Synco September 15 2005 5:20 PM EDT

Beo, and Bast, maybe I wasn't too clear. The reason my parents don't want me dealing with money over the internet is because they don't want me giving out personal information. (ie. Home address, credit card number, etc.) By selling CB1 for USD, I was not defying them since I wasn't giving out any personal information.

Thank you for the excellent suggestions, Seft, and maulaxe. That's just the thing I was looking for. =)

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] September 15 2005 6:32 PM EDT

Here's an idea: you make another $4. You transfer the whole $40 to my PayPal account. I will use my real "grown up" money, on your behalf, to get this deal for you

You can have them sent to your mother. Then when there's a question about breaking the household "internet commerce" rule, you can say you didn't give out YOUR personal information, you gave out HERS.

Synco September 15 2005 6:53 PM EDT

We live in the same house. So I'll still be giving out personal information.

AdminNightStrike September 25 2005 4:07 PM EDT

Yeah, but it was to buy her a gift... you had to find a way to do it w/o her knowing.

You can also just sell the paypal account.

Synco September 26 2005 7:09 PM EDT

And how do you propose I do that when I can't transfer money out of the account?
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