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Hello, this is Jim, a dual-qualified lawyer (UK & Republic of Ireland) and happy to help you today.
The fact you used PayPal means you can raise a dispute with PayPal and they may be able to refund you despite what the owner says - have you done this? And was it a credit card linked to the PayPal account?
Thanks, ***** ***** case the money is insured and your card provider is jointly liable if something goes wrong - you can therefore contact Amex and ask them for a reimbursement under the consumer credit act. Or you can raise a dispute with PayPal, which will take longer but the end result is the same - I would recommend a call to Amex and ask if they will reimburse under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974. They should agree to this
It is one of the benefits of using a credit card - even if you spend £100 on a card, the whole sum is insured and the card provider is bound by statute to refund you (so useful for holidays, weddings, large purchases, etc).
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