Why is a surcharge added for PayPal payments?

A 2.5% surcharge will be added to orders made outside of the United Kingdom using PayPal as the payment option.

PayPal’s several compulsory charges to us relating to national borders and internal currency conversions (which are largely accounting fictions devised by PayPal; they hold large currency balances on both sides of the transaction and so no actual transfers or conversions actually happen) result in them charging us around 3 times overall the payment fees of non-PayPal transactions. Therefore, we make PayPal still available for customers who prefer to use it, but pass on some of the costs.

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