Ebay on Shabbos

Question

Good morning. I sell products on Ebay and was wondering on Shabbos, do I have to put my account on hold for 25 hours so I dont make a sell on Shabbos and get financial benefit?

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Answers

  1. There is a difference between whether the sale is done through a credit card or through PayPal.

    When a credit card is used there is no problem as the payment for the sale is not processed until Monday. That means that Halachically nothing forbidden has actually taken place on Shabbos.

    PayPal is different, as the payment is made immediately, which is forbidden on Shabbos. I don’t have any experience with these things practically, but if you have a  PayPal option and you are able to suspend it for Shabbos then there is no issue with keeping the credit card option open. If it is not possible to suspend PayPal, then it would be forbidden to keep the account open on Shabbos. All that I have written is only applicable where your business is not actually processing orders on Shabbos.

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team