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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Paypal rep says you can raise money for a sick cat but not poor people? (update)

A friend on facebook posted a link. I being freeazing cold and nothing better to do, went and clicked on it. Oh. . My. . .you . . . are. . .freakin. . . kidding. . .me!

Cat 1, Kids 0

As you know, we have been trying to buy Christmas presents for kids in the Regretsy community.

We took many applications, vetted them carefully and set about creating a giant gift exchange program, where you could buy a gift for the over 200 children we’re helping.

We raised so much money that we found ourselves in a position of not just being able to send toys, but to send a monetary gift to the families as well. We hoped it might help them make their holiday dinners more special, or maybe pay a pressing bill.


Apparently we made the mistake of using the “Donate” button, which Paypal is now claiming is only for nonprofit organizations to use. They froze the account, which also includes Zazzle money that we use to make emergency gifts. That money isn’t in issue, but what the hell! Might as well keep everything!

So last night, I decided to go about this a different way. Since these toys are already purchased, I decided to offer them up for sale on this site, just like any other retailer would. You could buy them according to what you wanted to spend, and we would send them on to the recipient of your gift, just like any other retailer.


Read the entire post here>>>Cats 1, Kids 0

Can we agree that this is wrong on so many levels. Unless you do a lot of digging on the Paypal website then it would seem that anyone can have a donate button. Most of us bloggers have one for our tips.  Even posts on the paypal wall from their reps encourage you to use the donate button in a everyone must get stoned type of enthusiasm.

Unfortunately paypal has a monopoly on many of us that use it for sales.  It's the only way to process credit card orders on our part.  But you can write to paypal and tell them what you think of their scam (keeping the processing money for the donations they are forcing them to return.)

Paypal has released the funds>>>


Stephen said...

F&*K 'em. Hate Paypal, using the word, HATE, here.

Bob from Athens said...

If paypal is the only way to pay then I DO NOT BUY from that site. There are plenty of other places that really appreciate my business!

kath said...

After I saw that a couple of days ago, I decided to not use PayPal anymore unless there was no other option. Often when you order stuff online, you have the option of using a credit card or PayPal. I've been ordering some stuff for Christmas, but PayPal isn't getting my business, that's for sure.

Phelan said...

There is a site called wepay. I don't know much about it though. But it sounds like it could be a good alternative.

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