Sunday, September 04, 2005

Give, but not through PayPal


Even though I did sign up for the Blog for Relief Weekend, I haven't really had much to say that hasn't been said already.

One thing I did wish to report on was the terrible ordeal that Rich Kyanka has gone through after raising over $20,000 via Something Awful. In a nutshell, PayPal closed SomethingAwful's account due to 'suspicious activity' from one of his buyers.

Please.

Something Awful has been one of my favorite places online over the years. Sometimes I tend to get a bit... blue. In technical terms, I suffer from depression. For me, there is no therapy or medication that equals humor, and on days when I have that unexplicable 'the world is hopeless and so am I' feeling, nothing equals a browse through Photoshop Phriday or the GBS forums to pull me out of it.

At the time PayPal locked their account, Something Awful was raising nearly $3,500 an hour to the relief effort. In case you missed that, I'll repeat:

SomethingAwful was raising nearly $3,500 an hour to the relief fund.


They were cut off on 9/3 somewhere around 9:30 PM. You do the math.

SomethingAwful has done some amazing things through the years... raising funds to buy body armor for our troops, buying toys for sick children... it would be stupid for me to name them all. If you're a goon or a fan, you know how great that site is. And I'm not surprised that they raised so much money in such a short amount of time.

I'm disgusted by PayPal though. So by all means give, but not through PayPal.

Here's the charities list. You know what to do.



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17 Comments:

Blogger jane said...

I can't believe paypal has done that. I normally use their services & will definately bring this up if I EVER am asked to pay via paypal again!
Great way to get the word out there.

1:44 AM  
Blogger jane said...

I was going to email you, but can't find your email. I've started a netring (like a webring) for bipolar bloggers (depression too). If you'd like info, email me @ janelovestarzan@gmail.com, k?

1:46 AM  
Anonymous SuZan said...

You know, I personally don't care for PayPal so this doesn't surprise me. It is sad though because SomethingAwful was raising so much for the relief fund. Shame on PayPal!

4:45 PM  
Blogger WarpedTourMom said...

I'm frustrated by PayPal. I know that there are other similar sites, however I feel forced to keep an account for eBay purposes. And thanks Jane, I'd definitely be interested. I'll email you as soon as I get caught up.

7:03 AM  
Blogger WarpedTourMom said...

Thankfully, Suzane, all of the money has been refunded so the people could dontate directly. It's just a shame that money sat there.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

This is fairly typical of PayPal. Even people just running normal, ethical businesses online have been shut down by Paypal for stupid reasons. I know of a guy who was selling software that he designed, he had several thousand dollars in his PP account and they shut him down. To the best of my knowledge - he never saw a dime of it.

It's robbery... plain and simple. Too bad they are a necessary evil in many cases... ebay, etc.

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