mehunt wrote:I did notice there is no longer an extra fee for online payment. Good move - we need to encourage early sign-ups!
This is possibly my "fault"... as someone who runs an e-commerce site I've notified several TDs for tournaments I've played in which were doing on-line registration that it is against the Paypal Terms of Service to charge extra to cover their Paypal fees, specifically section 4.6 which states:
"4.6 No Surcharges. You agree that you will not impose a surcharge or any other fee for accepting PayPal as a payment method. You may charge a handling fee in connection with the sale of goods or services as long as the handling fee does not operate as a surcharge and is not higher than the handling fee you charge for non-PayPal transactions."
Several of the tournament registration pages explicitly stated that they were charging an extra ~$2.50 "to cover Paypal fees"... if they were to get reported for this, Paypal could and probably would cancel their Paypal accounts, freeze any current funds and possibly do chargebacks for all fees collected.
My advice was to simply build the cost of these fees into the registration pricing and not explicitly spell out the "extra" fees, that way Paypal would have no evidence and no way to "come after" their accounts, which is what I do. As a result, you may see the registration costs go up a bit but the "online registration fee" apparently being dropped. Ideally this would be a zero-sum transaction, so instead of "$45+2.50 fee" we simply see a registration cost of "$47.50", but odd numbers like that can be less convenient to work with when dealing with cash and people are psychologically prone to favoring whole numbers that end in "0" or "5" with numbers like "$40" or "$45" being more appealing than "$42.50".
I'm not certain the above are reasons for the changes you're seeing (higher pricing, no online/extra fees listed) but it is a possibility. I personally don't mind, as it reduces the risk of the TD's possibly getting screwed by Paypal (who are notorious for that kind of thing) while still allowing them to cover their actual costs. Also, for tournaments where the payout is based on the amount or percent of registration $$$, any "extra" from the rounding ($45 instead of $42.50) will hopefully show up as a bit extra in the payout cash/merch as well.