Originally Posted by bchu
Keep in mind if the guy (or gal) has 100+ positive feedback, chances are they aren't trying to scam you when asking for gifted payments.
I still wouldn't trust it.
As was mentioned before, offer to pay what they are asking for the item plus the additional 3% (actually a little more since you need to cover the 3% of the 3%...so for $100 item it would work out to be about $103.10). IF they refuse to do this, then I wouldn't deal with them.
The whole purpose of gifting is to avoid this 3% charge PayPal charges you for handling money. So if you offer a solution that results in the same benefit and they refuse it, you have to ask yourself what is the seller's motivation other than recieving the amount they want for an item? The only reasonable benefit would be to bypass the buyer protection features that 3% fee covers if the seller doesn't ship the item allowing them to keep the money without sending you anything.