Madamina: Could the PayPal guy perhaps have included a photo of himself that made him look a little less like Andy Rooney? Because gah, CRANKYPANTS
Paypal's entire mode of business is pretty damn parasitic to begin with. I can't think of a lot of good things to say about that.
Except none of this matters because eBay owns PayPal, and therefore effectively requires anyone using eBay to use PayPal. I could be mistaken but I'm pretty sure the three alternatives you mention as payment literally couldn't be used for payment on eBay even if the buyer/seller wanted to.
Somewhat playing the devil's advocate, I kind of admire the fact that Paypal wants to protect the meaning of the word "Donate." As someone who works in and cares a lot about the nonprofit sector, I get a little annoyed to see things that aren't really charities (by legal or social definitions) using nonprofit language.
Paypal is blaming it on one agent, giving Regretsy free services through the end of 2011. Apparently the account was flagged because the money was coming in too quickly (which April is fine with the flagging), but the agent who reviewed it made a bad call.
That's not to say I haven't seen merchant accounts frozen for stupid reasons, but at least there you have some protection beyond suing them.
PayPal shafting kids near Christmas, forcing people to bow to the whims of their service reps--did the Enron management team just move over there when I wasn't looking?
Boycott Everything (thoughts from a PayPal seller)
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