'Ebay/Paypal do not refund your shipping costs, even when you never received the item. I got burned a few times and finally learned my lesson. (And another two times when I returned DOA items, I had to pay for shipping to send them back!)'
Paypal will refund your entire payment if you with an Intem Not Received (INR) claim, and the seller generally must have delivery confirmation or UPS/FedEx tracking to your zip code or address to win. If you win but the seller doesn't have the money (They emptied out their account and ran off with it), Paypal or eBay might refund part of it (like up to $200), but you are still free to file a credit card chargeback for the rest. And either the PP claim or the CB would cover the entire purchase, including shipping.
If you receive an item that is Significantly Not As Described (SNAD), you usually do have to send it back (maybe not on counterfeit items), so you might lose return shipping, but on the other hand, if you buy a DOA item at a store, you have to pay for gas to drive their and return it. If you just want a refund, you are out two round trips (one to buy and one to return) and you don't get reimbursed for that.
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