Donations!

2004-09-15 19:04

THIS SITE IS NOT PART OF EBAY OR PAYPAL. POSTING YOUR QUESTION FOR THEM HERE JUST MAKES RANDOM STRANGERS HAVE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION.

Okay, so, I finally caved and put up a donations link. Or, if you want, you can just follow this link.

You’ll note that it’s not a paypal link. Rather, it uses a company called Bitpass. There’s a few reasons for this.

1. Paypal has a history of questionable handling of private data, adding people to marketing lists without permission, and so on.
2. Paypal’s customer service is sucky beyond words. I tried to pay for something using paypal. They said “that card can’t be used, send email to cardproblems@paypal.com for help”. I sent email there. A day and a half later, I got back a note saying I’d have to call in – but not providing a phone number. I pointed this out, and got an email with instructions for navigating their page to find the phone number. The instructions, I assure you, were much longer than the phone number.
3. I sent email to Bitpass asking them a moderately technical question about their service. I sent it at 12:31 AM, Central time. I got my response at 12:52 Central time, and it was an informative answer that actually addressed my question.
4. Bitpass was recommended to me by someone whose judgment I trust.
5. Bitpass’s micropayments model makes it practical to charge genuinely small numbers – say, a penny or two. Yes, a penny. Of course, I’d only get 85% of that penny, but I could sell things for a penny.
6. Paypal’s association with eBay puts them in league with a company with a long history of abusive privacy practices and fairly solid tolerance for spam.

So.

I went with Bitpass. Not a hard choice at all.

If you want to try bitpass out, I urge you to give it a try. Sign up, put a bit of money in an account, and try handing out payments. Feel free to donate as much or as little as you want. Er. More is better, though, ‘cuz I’m broke. (More on that in another post.)

THIS SITE IS NOT PART OF EBAY OR PAYPAL. POSTING YOUR QUESTION FOR THEM HERE JUST MAKES RANDOM STRANGERS HAVE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION.

Peter Seebach

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Comments

  1. Thanks for such good info... now is time to say,
    "hasta la vista BABYPAL -I'm not coming back."

    — Marcos Leiva · 2004-09-25 07:01 · #

  2. As someone who is familiar with e currency and uses quite a few I would recomend EVOCash. It's been arround for 5 years and there are no fees for accout to account transactions.

    There is also e gold, E Bullion, Moneybookers, International Gold. and NetPay. All of these have been around and have the buttons available.

    — Micahel · 2004-09-25 09:28 · #

  3. Michael,
    no URLs?
    Jeebs.

    Fûz · 2004-09-25 10:40 · #

  4. i get a message saying contact cardproblems@paypal.com im desparatly trying to pay for my goods i have ordered under user name dermurph can you help me please
    many thanks paul russell

    — paul russell · 2004-11-16 07:04 · #

  5. Paul, you really have to contact Paypal, not me. As they say, go to their site, look at the little thing... In fact, what you really need to do, most likely, is try again with a different credit card.

    seebs · 2004-11-16 08:19 · #

  6. got cardproblems,cant pay for won item please help.Thanks Claes

    — claesfriberg · 2004-12-07 14:04 · #

  7. I tried to add my Visa card to the system for my paypal acct and it said to contact you. I deleted my debit card because I want my Visa to be hooked up.
    Jenny Mackey

    — jenny mackey · 2004-12-08 16:50 · #

  8. im having a message saying contact cardproblems@paypal.com can you help
    Terry

    — terence J Westall · 2004-12-14 10:10 · #

  9. my card will no be added to pay pal why is that there is money in the account i have just been payed for god sake

    david · 2004-12-24 05:43 · #

  10. i tried to pay for my purchase w/my visa card & i was blocked by paypal,why?

    — BILL BASS · 2005-01-21 20:38 · #

  11. hi my name is alisha gentry and i won a bid on a coach purse and it wld not let me put my credit card in. please let me know wht i am supposed to do. or call me @ xxx-xxx-xxxx thank you very much for your cooperations

    alisha gentry

    — alisha gentry · 2005-02-03 20:15 · #

  12. i need to contact card problems @ paypal.com to add a card to my account.please contact a.s.a.p thank you

    — dave · 2005-02-15 15:33 · #

  13. I tried to put in my card and it wont let me.It was in my girlfriends account first and we removed it from their.So we could use it in mine.Now what can I do.

    — Gene See · 2005-03-05 22:48 · #

  14. I need to send someone money and i got "That card can't be used, send email to cardproblems@paypal.com for help".please contact a.s.a.p thank you

    — ines · 2005-03-13 23:24 · #

  15. just got money on my prepaid master card. its a debitcard. and its not working help i need to pay for some stuff i got off of ebay

    Tim · 2005-03-18 22:47 · #

  16. I received an email stating my card had expired. I tried to put in my new mastercard and it told me I couldn't add this card to another account without contacting you. What do they mean by another account?

    — Kathy Mitchell · 2005-03-19 19:23 · #

  17. paypal wont accept my card it says i have another account. can you help me as soon as posible. i would like to pay for my product.

    — Rita · 2005-03-24 23:59 · #

  18. Im trying to pay money to someone but it wont except my card.It did for the 1st payment 2hrs before,so please help.

    — martin · 2005-04-07 00:41 · #

  19. how can i add a credit card to my account

    — cathy · 2005-04-11 08:46 · #

  20. i am second cardholder to my wifes credit card and i want to pay for my items with my card but its the same details

    — philbarty · 2005-04-21 12:23 · #

  21. i have tryed to use my credit card on paypal and i cant get thru.What is going on?

    — Ricky · 2005-05-02 15:49 · #

  22. Some how I have no credit card in my account even though I bought things before using my credit card. Only the name on my credit card is JINFU LEI not JEFFERY LEI which is what I prefer to use and is on my Paypal account and Driver's License.I can't buy things now because I am instructed to contact you to add my credit card to my account which saids I have 0 credit card in the account.

    — Jeffery Lei · 2005-05-17 23:53 · #

  23. I am trying to pay for merchandise I won on overstock with my own Debit bank card and can't. Why is that I don't understand what's the problem.

    — Sheri Harris · 2005-06-24 17:51 · #

  24. IT WANT LET ME PUT MY CARD ON MY ACCONT

    — JARRETT · 2005-06-27 11:13 · #

  25. i need to put my card back on my account!!

    — sandra weekley · 2005-07-12 21:45 · #

  26. Hi, MY NMAE IS DIANA RODRIGUEZ AND I WANT TO PUT MY CREDIT CARED ON PAYPAL BUT THEY WON'T LETME BECAUSE OF SOME REASON AND I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO ADD A BANK ACCOUNT,BUT SINCE I ALREADY DID AND WROTE THE WRONG NUMBERS IT WON'T LET ME DO IT AGAIN WITHOUT TALKING TO YOU GUYS. SO PLEASE HELP ME SOMEHOW.

    — Diana Rodriguez · 2005-09-28 14:10 · #

  27. Hei am trying to open a new paypal acount en it isnt going why?en i want to pay someone as soon as possible,plz am desparate help here!

    — ali khadija · 2005-10-04 10:52 · #

  28. Come on guys i need to pay some people there money en however much i use how many credit cards its not going what`s the prob?i thought that yu guys help,even calling i cant get anybody ok help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    — ali khadija · 2005-10-08 17:57 · #

  29. Im trying to pay for a halloween costume with my Visa checkings card threw paypal and it is not letting me. What is the problem. I need to get this costume a.s.a.p.

    — Amanda :Lindsey · 2005-10-10 09:00 · #

  30. Fellow readers, this is not the Paypal help desk. This is a blog entry, a complaint (much like yours). Surely you realize the difference between Paypal.com and seebs.net?

    — Reader · 2005-10-10 17:50 · #

  31. I just closed an old account and they said I can use the same credit card number with my new e-mail account, but then it says I need to contact cardproblems@paypal.com. Please help

    Thanks

    — Melissa · 2005-11-03 18:28 · #

  32. I just closed an old account and they said I can use the same credit card number with my new e-mail account, but then it says I need to contact cardproblems@paypal.com. Please help

    Thanks

    — Melissa · 2005-11-03 18:29 · #

  33. I NEED TO ADD MY CREDIT CARD NUMBER TO MY ACCOUNT TO PAY FOR MY GOODS AND IT WONT LET ME IT SAYS I HAVE TO CONTACT YOU AND I CANNOT GET MY CREDIT CARD TO PROCESS...I NEED YOUR HELP PLEASE SO I AM ABLE TO PAY FOR MY GOODS PLEASE HELP ME ASAP!!!!!!!!! THANKS TIM

    — TIM · 2005-11-20 08:48 · #

  34. I need to pay for my purchase butthey say i need to contact you i tryed to use my visa but it wont let me add the card and i do not understand why please help me so i can get my purchase thank you

    — James Cox · 2005-11-24 18:53 · #

  35. I wanted to pay for something and it wouldnt let me..then i tried uploading the card to my account and it wouldnt let me..something about it not letting me add to the cart..pls help me i would aprreciate it alot!!!...tnk u

    — Francisco Escalante · 2005-12-12 22:03 · #

  36. I wanted to pay for something and it wouldnt let me..then i tried uploading the card to my account and it wouldnt let me..something about it not letting me add to the cart..pls help me i would aprreciate it alot!!!...tnk u

    — Francisco Escalante · 2005-12-12 22:05 · #

  37. I am trying to add my credit card to my wife's acct but it say's to contact ya'll what do I need to do

    — skip · 2006-02-13 21:49 · #

  38. i am trying to pay fpr my goods but cant pay pal says my card is on another account ive paided for other things before so why now?

    — nicola bradley · 2006-02-17 00:42 · #

  39. I am trying to pay for a item and it says"to add this card to another account contact cardproblems@paypal.com" my card isnt registered on any other account.

    — sonia · 2006-03-25 17:35 · #

  40. i need need to pay for my goods but they say my card is on another account why?

    — SHEILA CONNER · 2006-03-27 16:40 · #

  41. I cant add my debit card it said to contact you

    — ronda burton · 2006-04-10 20:26 · #

  42. I got a message that says I cant go any further adding my debit/credit card until I contact you.

    — jesse cantu · 2006-04-25 04:58 · #

  43. i want to add a visa card to my account

    — Christopher · 2006-05-23 21:43 · #

  44. why wont ebay except my credit card

    — sean byrne · 2006-05-28 16:43 · #

  45. HI MY QUESTION IS THAT I HAVE A OLD ACCOUNT THAT I CLOSED OUT AND MY CREDIT CARD INFO IS UNDER THAT ACCOUNT HOW CAN I HAVE IT PUT ON TO THE NEW ACCOUNT THAT I HAVE SO I CAN PAY FOR THE ITEM THAT I PURCHASED.

    THANK YOU,
    MELINDA

    MELINDA LENTZ · 2006-06-10 20:54 · #

  46. Hi, i just want to ask how it works.....i need abt 10$ in my egold acct plz help me...

    — ray collins · 2006-07-17 09:10 · #

  47. i need to contact card problems @ paypal.com to add a card to my account.please contact a.s.a.p thank you

    — james · 2006-07-17 19:06 · #

  48. i need to contact card problems @paypal.com to add a card to my account. i need to pay for some items. plz contact asap. thankyou.

    — stacey wasley · 2006-07-20 12:36 · #

  49. why can't i pay for my purchuse

    — tracy · 2006-08-14 09:14 · #

  50. tried to add card to paypal account said card was on another account. i cancelled that account and tried to enter card details again and it asked me to contact you. thankyou.

    — tracey rowland · 2006-08-25 09:46 · #

  51. It said i can't put my card on another paypal data why is that.

    — John · 2006-09-04 11:42 · #

  52. i want to add a new card(credit card)to my account.

    — doris sing · 2006-09-11 09:11 · #

  53. im trying to add my card but this message keeps comeing up.
    Before you can add this credit card to another account, you must contact the PayPal Credit Card Team at cardproblems@paypal.com.

    — erim · 2006-09-18 12:56 · #

  54. i need need to pay for my goods but they say my card is on another account why?



    — erim · 2006-09-19 16:21 · #

  55. I tried to add my Visa card to the system for my paypal acct and it said to contact you. cardproblems@paypal.com .what do i do

    — mikky cole · 2006-11-06 07:02 · #

  56. i was told to contact you about my card problem for paypal. i need some help

    — jeff · 2006-11-07 07:38 · #

  57. hey i was told to visit this site before i can use my credit card, help, i need to pay for goods.

    — jon hayman · 2006-12-09 13:53 · #

  58. im trying to add my card but this message keeps comeing up.
    Before you can add this credit card to another account, you must contact the PayPal Credit Card Team at cardproblems@paypal.com.


    — yaeng · 2007-02-14 19:05 · #

  59. im trying to add my card but this message keeps coming up.
    Before you can add this credit card to another account, you must contact the PayPal Credit Card Team at cardproblems@paypal.com.


    — yaeng · 2007-02-15 22:13 · #

  60. im trying to add my card but this message keeps coming up.
    Before you can add this credit card to another account, you must contact the PayPal Credit Card Team at cardproblems@paypal.com.

    — sergio luna · 2007-03-15 21:51 · #

  61. hello sir
    i want to add card on paypal account..

    — elivelin · 2007-03-27 09:13 · #

  62. I have my paypal account. but my credit card is expired. I have renewed credit card now. I tried to pay money by paypal lot of time. but paypal did not my credit card.
    I don't know what shuld I do?

    — tatsumi · 2007-04-28 22:18 · #

  63. i have been told to get in tought to set my card details up to paypal i need to pay for my goods and cannot until this is set up the paypal is in my sons name with my card details

    — joanne mawdsley · 2007-05-01 03:19 · #

  64. i trying to add my card but this message coming up.beforre you add this credit card to another acc. you must contact paypau card problems

    — ricardo · 2007-06-07 13:04 · #

  65. i trying to add my card but this message coming up.beforre you add this credit card to another acc. you must contact paypau card problems

    — ricardo · 2007-06-07 13:06 · #

  66. Im try to add my credit card BUT! it says before i can add this credit card to my acc you must go to cardproblems@paypal.com. DOSENT WORK!

    — john · 2007-06-28 18:56 · #

  67. i try to pay 4 stuff and is tells me that u can not add this card because it is on another acount and i only have this one ?????????????????????????????

    — Travis · 2007-08-01 16:24 · #

  68. trying to add card to new acc just set up ,have cancelled previous accounts is that the problem???

    — caole brown · 2007-08-26 09:12 · #

  69. trying to add card to new account and just cancelled an account with the card on there is that a prob?

    — Brandi · 2007-10-02 17:53 · #

  70. IT WONT LET ME PAY FOR MY ITEMS CAN ANY BODY HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    — GRACE · 2007-10-13 13:35 · #

  71. I have cancelled my paypal account twice do to the fact of me being unable to use my debit card for buying my item get you reset the PayPal card info for me so i can buy my Phone. Thank You.

    — Antwan · 2007-10-22 21:58 · #

  72. I apertu a paypal account, but I said that before adding a credit card to an account things I comunicarme with you ... why?

    — Mirna · 2007-11-02 12:02 · #

  73. i cant add my credit card to paypal.

    — paul english · 2007-12-11 12:31 · #

  74. i need help for my crédir cards

    — Josée Asselin · 2008-01-15 08:20 · #

  75. would like to pay off my thing i have win with paypal dan

    — zz1492 · 2008-01-23 02:09 · #

  76. Hello, This email is mine, presently the name is the name at my son l would like to change the name and the credit card, is very important l need as soon as possible to rent one condo in puerto vallarta my phone number is 1 418 956-1335

    — Linda Lapointe · 2008-02-20 18:42 · #

  77. im trying to put a new credit card and paypal does not let me telling me that i have to talk to you first. help me please cause i have to pay for things

    — Nikos · 2008-03-27 06:44 · #

  78. i need help for my credit card cos it is invalid and i will n eed some fund to get in valid and i need help i just open an egold account and i need donation of gold to my egold acc






    — solomon · 2008-04-11 11:43 · #

  79. Add me the the "cardproblems". The idiotic paypal wouldn't take mine because my billing address was "PO BOX" etc and I entered "Post Office Box" etc. I guess their automated system was looking for a street called "PO BOX" in my hometown. Will try another service other than PayPal-eolithic (as in Stone Age).

    — Hamakua · 2008-07-03 15:43 · #

  80. Im try to add my credit card BUT! it says before i can add this credit card to my acc you must go to cardproblems@paypal.com. DOSENT WORK!

    — jacobs · 2008-07-11 18:31 · #

  81. Im try to add my credit card BUT! it says before i can add this credit card to my acc you must go to cardproblems@paypal.com. DOSENT WORK!

    — jacobs · 2008-07-11 18:35 · #

  82. hiya i tryed to add a card to my account but it says ive got to contact you can u help please

    — lisa hyde · 2008-12-29 09:39 · #

 
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