I won a best-offer auction from a seller in France. Although the auction didn't officially accept paypal, it stated to contact seller to make prior arrangements for paypal, which I did. The seller agreed to paypal with mininal additional charges ($8). I have all the communications. After the auction I was instructed not to use eBay checkout (which will not have paypal option) and the seller sent me a money request via paypal directly, which I then paid promptly. It is the first time I have paid for an eBay auction this way using paypal, I have always used eBay checkout before. Am I still fully protected under ebay and paypal's buyer's protection plan? Thanks!