It's very safe, Rich. PayPal is one of the most trusted forms of online transactions anywhere on the web. We have used it for all of our LSCN merchandise sales and we've never had a single problem with it. If we didn't think it was safe and reliable, we wouldn't use it on our site.
Ebay bought PayPal a while back after "Ebay Payments" failed - they were late to the party and PayPal was already dominant.
BTW as a seller PayPal is sort of a ripoff. I have two accounts set up, one is for non-credit card payers only (direct from their bank accounts), so I can avoid thwe high fees.
There is a new player in the auction payments field, CheckFree. CheckFree is the largest bill paying service (I have used it for a while), and is now getting into auction payments. Fees are lower than PayPal - maybe eventually PayPal will be forced to lower their fees. Other alternatives are BidPay (Western Union) and Payingfast - send a money order to seller.
i used ebay and paypal. i used my discover card. the item was never shipped, after calling paypal. they said they could not do anything for me there was no money in his account. i was out $220. i called ebay, they gave me the same run around, said they sent email to the seller nothing else could be done. then i went to discover they gave me my $220 back but then took it away again saying that i did authorize the $220. paypal did have my ok to take the money. they could do nothing. i went to the internet fraud unit of macomb county i gave them the guys name. he left his adress in the auction to mail the payment to. they went by that contacted him. they told him there were charges going to be pressed. he called me that day and sent back my money four days later. i will never use paypal again... i do buy lots of things from ebay including a cadillac, suzuki gsxr 1100 and tons of race car parts. so i am not just a one time buyer.... i know what it is about.
Pandora, sorry to hear that. I thought that I had sent the PalPay payment to the seller on EBay and he said that he never received any payment yet??? Go figure .. Now I have to check to see if I did it right the first time....?