Guys, Important note.
I was very surprised when payment for one of the auction items hit my paypal account a few minutes ago.
This led me here - http://www.ebaygivingworks.com/help-aboutdonations.html
The eBay system doesn't work exactly how I thought it was going to.
The payment goes to the seller, and then the seller either puts the money on the charity via ebays donation center or ebay will deduct it via a bill automatically.
to kick it off manually, go here http://donations.ebay.com/donation/web.us/myebay_makedonation.jsp
24 hours after your auction ends.
I intend on posting up screen shots of my auction donations as soon as ebay lets me do it manually.
so not as direct as I had first thought. I am kinda frustrated about this. The Giving Works main page doesn't talk about a wait period. I am guessing this is to protect against returns and payment disputes?
EITHER WAY, ebay is going to charge direct and get the money.
ebay charges whatever payment account is connected to your ebay account. This comes out the same way that owed fees come out. ebay moves the money and then charges you if the money isnt there. non compliance would end both your ebay and paypal account and ruin your credit when eBay contacts the agencies.
With these failsafes in place, I think we will be okay