... she find them very pleasant to deal with, she was able to deal with a regional support manager directly ...
... no different than what any other bank in the US would do.
Do a google search for pigs fly:Results 1-10 out of 14.900.000 in 0.32 sec......
If you are committing tax fraud, do not blame PayPal for not letting it happen on their watch.
Let me clarify: I'm not interested in using PayPal's services again, regardless of whether the current situation could be somehow sorted out or not.
what PayPal has done is no different than what any other bank in the US would do.
How can we compensate you then, for using your program?
I might try this again at some point later, if I find some reasonable alternative to PayPal.
The donation experiment was interesting and the initial response was really great.However, after the first week, donation rates dropped to a level that would barely cover server bills.
Maybe next edition of foobar should perform attack on paypal servers in the background.
Let me restate my post in less politic terms: If you are committing tax fraud, do not blame PayPal for not letting it happen on their watch. Talk to a CPA, kids.
I stopped reading after "tax fraud".
I guess Peter answered this:QuoteI might try this again at some point later, if I find some reasonable alternative to PayPal.Quote from: link=msg=676825 date=0The donation experiment was interesting and the initial response was really great.However, after the first week, donation rates dropped to a level that would barely cover server bills.In other words, it's more profitable to start this experiment several times. Clever
Still waiting for foo_paypal.> Not (really) a joke.
Quote from: foognak on 19 February, 2010, 09:58:05 PMStill waiting for foo_paypal.> Not (really) a joke.Would maybe be more constructive with a foo_click-the-ads, which goes to the f2k website and opens the ads (assuming pay-per-click).
Not to take a stand in this particular case, but maybe for a bit of background information from a former finance geek: - Banks -- and other financial institutions -- are required to take certain means against money laundry and terrorism-funding.- It may or may not be that PayPal, with all the less-personal-id-required-than-your-local-bank-does, is expected to take more careful measures; in the very least it is most probably so that their business model would be threatened if it were found that personal PayPal accounts were routinely abused for money laundry or funding terrorist groups. - So, they'd rather be erring on the safe side. And their services are so useful that a few dissatisfied customers won't ruin the business. But the financial supervisory authorities could, if it is found that the business model facilitates m-l&t-f.- So, triggered by transaction behaviour, they will ask questions. They want you to prove that nothing wrong is going on in here. Here we have a programmer who receives money for his software. Of course he can point towards his web site which says these are "donations" and not taxable income, but he cannot expect that a financial institution does that job for him. And they would usually require more information than that, because if I were to pay him for work, I could use this button in order to evade taxes. And he could spend the money directly from the PayPal account. Or transfer them to his local jihadist.- What happens if you don't supply the documentation? The case remains in limbo. No amount is being paid to the potential money launderer, and one case less to handle for PayPal's support centre. - What about this "donate to charity" thing? Sounds unusual to me, but effectively solves the problem; if you ask that your money go to a shelter for homeless cats, then they can be fairly convinced that you don't evade tax on this money you have not been able to receive or spend. (You could probably ask for the money to be refunded to whomever paid them.)There are probably quite a few web sites, services and pieces of software that generates at least a decent little sum of beer money, and some even make so much that it could be taxable. I hope in the very least that the trigger in this case was that there were a sufficient volume of donations. It would be well deserved.