I've been an EBay member for 12 years and PayPal for about 7 of those - I've got a fairly sizeable history of buying/selling and using PayPal, with no prior problems. However, I sold an amp last week and was paid via PayPal; the funds were immediately withheld and I was advised on both EBay and PayPal's websites that I may have to wait up to 21 days for the funds to be released to me.
The amp was collected by a friend of the buyer a day later (the buyer lives miles away) and comms were kept up to date both sides, item marked as paid/dispatched and all the rest of it.
So in theory, there is no reason why my money should be withheld by PayPal. But according to some spiel on their website about it being a common industry practice, I apparently need to be a better/quicker seller in order to get my money quickly/the normal way.
I can't be the only one who thinks this is utter horseshit...