Alternates to Paypal on Ship Day

Posted: April 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | 5 Comments »

One of the frequent questions I get from people is a form of “I’d like to pay using something other than Paypal. Can you provide a different way?”

The answer is, basically “Yes, but not yet.”

Most payment systems flip out if you do something like the pre-ordering setup I’m doing. And rightly so – there’s a lot of potential for fraud there, where the person has paid and shipments don’t happen for months. Even Paypal shut me down for 3 days when orders came in, with the words “pre-order” tripping their fraud systems and my having to argue with people by phone.

A lot of people don’t like Paypal, and I totally understand that sentiment – when things are small and basic, they’re smooth, but if anything happens out of their mystical internal boundaries, or which triggers off a random phrase, then you suddenly find out how inconsistent, weird and not a bank they are.

So once the GET LAMP documentary ships, a pile of new sale options will show up on the site. If you’re not able or unwilling to use Paypal, that will be your day.

And thanks for being patient.


5 Comments on “Alternates to Paypal on Ship Day”

  1. 1 Rex Rhino said at 5:32 pm on April 11th, 2010:

    Well, Paypal sucks from the standpoint of a seller or someone who keeps a large amount of money in their Paypal account… largely because they tend to err insanely in favor of the buyer and/or suspecting fraud… and they take a completely unreasonable percentage.

    But, from my experience only *buying* things, Paypal is awesome. I don’t know why someone would be hesitant about buying (as opposed to selling) something with Paypal… other than maybe they are boycotting Paypal because Paypal sucks so much as a seller? I sometimes buy stuff from sellers that I suspect would otherwise be a little shady and I wouldn’t want to give them my credit card, but I do definitely trust Paypal when it comes to fraud and security.

  2. 2 Val said at 4:00 am on April 12th, 2010:

    Recommendation: I use Pinnacle Processing.
    Admittedly I get a discount because I sell through Brown Paper Tickets, but I haven’t had a problem with them in any case, or ever any difficulty getting someone on the phone anytime during business hours. There is no touch-tone tree, just humans. Their website is pinnacleprocessinggroup dot com.

  3. 3 Jason Scott said at 7:12 am on April 15th, 2010:

    Regarding Paypal only sucking from the point of view of a seller, there are in fact many cases where people might not want to use Paypal – among them is its freaking out about certain credit cards which other processors will take, the policies they enacted recently against some sites based on the content of sites, and so on. While I happen to use it primarily (and have been at the raw end a few times for doing so), I must always make an effort to include as many people as possible.

  4. 4 Rich said at 3:13 pm on April 22nd, 2010:

    Just remember that some us already paid via Amazon, not PayPal. :)

  5. 5 Chris said at 5:48 pm on June 3rd, 2010:

    I have used PayPal for accepting payments for my eBay auctions. If you’re a seller, they nickel-and-dime you to death, and since eBay bought them several years ago, you’re pretty much forced to use them and not allowed to use anyone else, which I really hate.


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