Q. Ebay charges me a commission for selling items using their online market service. The seller purchases the items on ebay and transfers the money via paypal into my account. Paypal then charges me a commission for using their online money transferring service. Is the above-mentioned transaction permissible?
A. eBay is an online marketplace; a place for buyers and sellers to come together and trade almost anything.
PayPal is an online payment service that allows individuals and businesses to transfer funds electronically.
The commission paid to eBay would be regarded as a fee in exchange for the usage of their facilities provided.
Similarly, the percentage taken by PayPal for the transferred amount is a fee, for their services in facilitating the transferral of the money.
Accordingly, the abovementioned transactions are permissible.
Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
This answer was collected from TheMufti.com, which is a fatwa portal managed by Mufti Ismaeel Bassa from South Africa.