Recently, PayPal has made some major announcements. Not only are they headed for a split with eBay, operating in their own right -- more importantly, PayPal has made some adjustments to their policies which will go live on November 18th.
One of these policy changes is to extend the time period in which buyers can open a claim over an item from 45 days to whopping 180 days -- that's more than a third of the year! In order to combat this, The Vintage Fashion Guild has created a petition via change.org.
"Simply put, Paypal's new policy will be overly burdensome and possibly disastrous to those who sell vintage and antique goods online. To expect a seller to refund for claims for vintage and antique goods that have been out of their possession for 180 days is unreasonable." -VFG
As companies like eBay and etsy grow, it's important for them to remember how they got there. I love that I live in a world where I can create my own virtual store and offer my vintage findings to women all over the globe. However, not even big box stores offer a 180 return policy. And while I stand behind every vintage garment I sell, I can't be there to make sure every dress gets washed correctly or to sew that button back on that popped off after 50+ years of being in place. Vintage is different and that's what makes it special.