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1. Locate the claim code. Note: For plastic gift cards, you may need to scratch off the coating on the back of the card to reveal the claim code. ...
2. Go to Your Account.
3. Click Apply a Gift Card to Your Account.
4. Enter your claim code and click Apply to Your Balance. Note: You can also enter your claim code during checkout.
You need to have a bank account set up that is associated with your PayPal account. You can add that and then move money from your PP account to your checking account. You can also ask for a PayPal Mastercard that lets you use the funds much as you would a debit card. The people in customer service at PayPal are really friendly and helpful. Login to your PayPal account and click "contact us", you'll be given a phone # 1-888-221-1161 and a special code.
If you're having problems redeeming a gift card to your account, it's possible that the gift card claim code has already been redeemed to your account. After you've entered the claim code on our site, we'll keep the balance in your account for use on future purchases so that you don't need to enter the claim code again. If you're seeing an error message that the gift card has already been redeemed, it's likely because the gift card claim code has already been applied to your account. To check whether the funds are already on your account, view your gift card balance in Your AccountYour Account. If you're still having problems, check the Gift Card Terms & Conditions to make sure your order meets the rules and restrictions for paying with a gift card. If your Amazon.com Gift Card claim code is scratched off or can't be clearly read, you can contact us with the 16 or 30 digit number on the back of the card.If the gift card is for a retailer other than Amazon.com, please contact that retailer for assistance.
First try to contact the seller to resolve the issue, if no response you can file a dispute. The steps below outline this process.
How do I get my money back?
If you would like a refund, start by getting in
touch with your seller. Most sellers welcome the chance to work out any
To request a refund, send the seller an email. Ask the seller to click Issue a refund beside your payment details. You can request a refund up to 60 days after you pay for your item.
Here's how to find the seller's contact information:
Log in to your PayPal account.
Click Details next to the transaction you want a refund for.
Use the contact information to send the seller an email.
If the seller won't refund your money, you have 45 days from the date you paid for your item to file a dispute.
Filing a dispute
Here's how to file a dispute:
Log in to your PayPal account.
Click Resolution Center.
Click Dispute a Transaction.
Select Item dispute, then click Continue.
Click Find transaction ID, then click the transaction ID you want to dispute.
Click Continue, then follow the instructions.
If you purchased your item on eBay, go to eBay's Resolution Center to open your dispute. Go to eBay and click Resolution Center at the bottom of any page
If your dispute is not resolved or escalated to a claim within 20 days it will be closed.
Escalating your dispute to a claim
you can't resolve your dispute with your seller, we can help. Just
escalate your dispute to a claim and ask us to look into the
transaction. We'll review your case and decide whether you're eligible
for a refund. We can usually decide if you're eligible for a refund
within 30 days.
Here's how to escalate a dispute to a claim:
1. Log in to your PayPal account. 2. Click Resolution Center. 3. Click View next to the dispute you want to escalate. 4. Click Escalate this dispute to a PayPal claim, then follow the instructions. 5. Click Escalate to a claim.
To check the status of your claim, log in to your account and go to the Resolution Center.
To learn more about our dispute process, look for the How to Dispute a Transaction tutorial in the Resolution Center.
From the sounds of that it looks like you were scammed by someone.
You can open your paypal account and open an investigation as well they do have an insurance policy which you may be able to get some of the money back of not all of it. They will track the e-mail and the account and get it back since you did not receive anything in return.
I talked with Magellan Support today (12/26/08). Their solution was to borrow a friends Windows XP system. I did and it worked. They DO NOT have a solution for Vista and claim that since Vista came afterwards they are not accountable for making it work on that O/S.