PayPal – use it please

I’m not an impulse buyer in realspace… I plan my purchases and save up for things, all responsibly like, but when I’m on the Internet and I see something I want, I’ll buy it immediately… as long as the site takes payment via PayPal. And there’s little that I dislike more (in my online life anyways) is when I find something I want and they don’t take PayPal. I don’t understand it… most other merchant systems I’ve seen in use are frickin’ ugly and make me want to hide my money in my mattress.

Please, if you want my money (and you do, you know it) use PayPal.

I am curious though why some sites don’t use it. It is not difficult to set up and it lets the purchaser not have to worry about giving out credit card numbers and whatnot. Any legit reasons not to use it?

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  • cal

    PayPal had such a poor customer support track record in its infancy (first 4 years?) and it was slow to offer all of its component services to developed nations (besides the US).

    However, I agree with you, that its ease of use and superiority to paying by credit card makes PayPal my preferred payment option.

  • Chinadrgn

    PP routinely freezes accounts for sketchy reasons and won’t release the funds even after you speak with them for one reason.

    I could go on but here’s two links that explain everything:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/your-money/28haggler.html

    http://www.paypalsucks.com/

    If I were a business owner I would never use PP. Their policies are suspect.

  • http://blog.brentknowles.com Brent Knowles

    Thanks for the links, makes me understand better I guess why some sites don’t use it though I’m not sure if anything either link listed are necessarily enough to justify not using it. The more traditional banks I have used have gouged me at every opportunity too.

    As a consumer Paypal is still a heck of a lot more convenient!