An online seller has claimed that the money-handling company
PayPal ordered the destruction of a $2,500 French violin that she
sold to a buyer in Canada. The seller, known as Erica, told the
that the buyer had disputed the violin's Maurice Bourguignon label,
and said that because PayPal had deemed the violin 'counterfeit',
it had ordered the buyer to destroy it in order to get their money
Erica wrote: 'I am now out a violin that made it through WWII as well as $2,500. This is of course, upsetting. But my main goal in writing to you is to prevent PayPal from ordering the destruction of violins and other antiquities that they know nothing about. It is beyond me why PayPal simply didn't have the violin returned to me.'
PayPal's terms and conditions include the following reference to the destruction of counterfeit goods: 'For SNAD (significantly not as described) claims... PayPal may also require you to destroy the item and to provide evidence of its destruction.'