Guide: How to File a PayPal Claim

Apr 18, 2018 · 3 min read

If you are unable to resolve an issue directly with your seller, this guide can help you resolve any issues you may have.

** Please note you have 180 days upon purchase date to file a dispute.

  1. Select the transaction in your PayPal activity page or file a claim directly from this link:
This is the transaction between you and the seller

2. Scroll down to ‘Need help?’ at the bottom of the transaction detail page, and follow the ‘Resolution Center’ link.

Transaction Details page

3. Select your reason for opening the claim under ‘I’m opening this dispute because:’

4. Contact the seller in PayPal’s Resolution Center.

‘Item not as described’ claim form
‘Item not received’ claim form

You should communicate with your seller through this form so that PayPal can review the conversation details. The seller will be able to view and respond to these messages directly on their end. Please provide as much information as possible to support your case.

Escalate form

If you are unable to work out a resolution with the seller, or if the seller is unresponsive, please escalate the claim for PayPal’s review as soon as possible. You can escalate to a claim within 20 calendar days from the date the dispute was opened.

Escalate reasons in the form.

Select the one most relates to you in the above image, there is an option to add additional detail if needed.

The Resolution Center will provide you with the date when PayPal will allow you to escalate the claim. Please note that a dispute will automatically close if it isn’t escalated to a claim within 20 days. Closed disputes cannot be reopened or escalated to a claim. Please check the Resolution Center to see any messages that are part of your dispute. Claim timeframes may vary depending on the nature of the case.

Please note that you should *never* close a dispute or claim if you have not received your item or your refund. If the seller agrees to a refund, they should complete the process through the PayPal claim. It is also very important to make sure that you are opening the correct type of claim, and only open an ‘Unauthorized’ claim if you have used the Guest Checkout to purchase a listing.

PayPal will email you to let you know they received your claim and they will continue to email you with updates as well as to inform you of any action or information required from you. PayPal usually decide cases in 30 days or less, but it may take longer in some cases. You can always check the status of your claim by visiting the Resolution Center.


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