Sunday, September 30, 2007

BidPay vs. PayPal?

A friend mentioned that PayPal was antigun--and sure enough, they are:

Q What types of firearms related items does PayPal prohibit?

A PayPal prohibits all account holders from buying or selling any type of firearm and certain firearm parts and ammunition. PayPal may allow certain U.S. merchants to sell items addressed by this policy if they have been approved by PayPal and can ensure transactions and shipments comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

Firearms – Include all rifles, shotguns, and handguns, whether they are intended for use in sporting, as collectibles, or as curio and relic firearms. These items are prohibited regardless of their present working order.

Firearm parts - Include, but are not limited to, receivers and frames, silencers, kits designed to convert a firearm to automatic firing capability, high capacity magazines, multi-burst trigger activators, and camouflaging firearm containers.
Now, if PayPal was in the shipping business, I could understand their concern about liability. But they are only in the business of processing funds transfers. This would be the equivalent of the U.S. Post Office refusing to deliver a check to pay for gun parts that are being shipped in accordance with all applicable laws. There are a lot of completely lawful transactions that PayPal is saying it will not allow to be done through them.

I've been using PayPal for processing ScopeRoller transactions for some time--but I am thinking seriously of switching to BidPay instead, which doesn't have this antigun rule. Does anyone have experience using BidPay as either seller or buyer?

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