Ebay Blocks Seller Until She “Verifies” with PayPal

We got this tip from a reader whose wife is a long-time Ebayer with a feedback score close to 5000, 99.8% positive. She was listing some items the other day, when she got the following message:

    Attention Seller:

    In order to maintain a safe trading environment, selling limits are occasionally placed on accounts. Your eBay account has been restricted from listing this item at this time until you have verified through PayPal.

    1) To verify your PayPal account, click on your country of eBay registration below to understand how to complete that process.

    2) If you already have a verified PayPal account, and are still receiving this message, you need to link it to your eBay account.

    For instructions on how to become PayPal Verified or how to link your PayPal account to your eBay account, please click on the site of your eBay registration below:

Are they suggesting that you need to use PayPal to be “safe”? Hmmm. We’re not Ebay experts, is this normal? Reasonable? —MEGHANN MARCO