Will you take a credit card?
December 19, 2006 8:22 PM   Subscribe

I see MeFi still only accepts PayPal. I was going to buy a friend an account tonight, but I stopped using PayPal a long time ago because I think they're pretty hideous and unethical. Will you ever accept credit cards, Matt? Is there not enough demand to make it worthwhile?
posted by Optimus Chyme to Feature Requests at 8:22 PM (29 comments total)

Oh, and I realize that credit card companies can be hideous and unethical, but there's both regulation and some degree of transparency/redress, whereas if PayPal fucks you, you're just fucked.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 8:23 PM on December 19, 2006


Has it changed? I used my card to get my membership. PayPal has credit card capabilities.
posted by lekvar at 8:26 PM on December 19, 2006


I know, lekvar - I don't want a PayPal account, I don't want them to have my information in any way, shape, or form. I trust http://hellogoodsirpleasepayingyourbillswithcreditcardtrustworthyservice.nigeria more than I do PayPal, is all.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 8:29 PM on December 19, 2006


You can send either one of us a check, or five well-concealed dollars. I'm not sure what Matt's long term plans are re: payment.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:38 PM on December 19, 2006


OMG JESSAMYN TAKES BRIBES!

juuuuust kidding.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:39 PM on December 19, 2006 [1 favorite]


Thanks, jess.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 8:39 PM on December 19, 2006


If you send cash, make sure you get a receipt
posted by dg at 9:01 PM on December 19, 2006


I want to pay with Yap Stones. Or the shiny things I bring back to my nest.
posted by XMLicious at 9:14 PM on December 19, 2006


You can pay me in unused US postage stamps.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:15 PM on December 19, 2006 [1 favorite]


jess i don't know if you are putting me on now because i am trying to give Matt some money here this is very important!!!!
posted by Optimus Chyme at 10:43 PM on December 19, 2006


You can pay me in unused US postage stamps. I think Matt still prefers normal types of currency. I am not putting you on.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:00 PM on December 19, 2006


He no longer takes credit card payment through Amazon? My membership came without fee, but we sometimes used to donate to the cause. I used the Amazon option as I too hate Paypal, even though they are now owned by Amazon.
posted by caddis at 11:18 PM on December 19, 2006


jessamyn, can I pay you in used US postage stamps or unused Canadian postage stamps? What's the exchange rate?
posted by dobbs at 11:36 PM on December 19, 2006


even though they are now owned by Amazon.

I thought they were owned by ebay...?
posted by twine42 at 12:59 AM on December 20, 2006


Yeah, unless I missed something and Amazon bought both Ebay and PayPal....
posted by fixedgear at 2:29 AM on December 20, 2006


Ebay bought PayPal but neither is owned by Amazon.
posted by octothorpe at 3:40 AM on December 20, 2006


Paypal is not owned by Amazon, nor Amazon by Ebay, but Ebay is the owner of Paypal.
posted by sic at 4:59 AM on December 20, 2006 [1 favorite]


Are you sure '[ninja turtle face] give a gift account' is working through PayPal? I impulsively went through the process on account of this comment and haven't heard anything since. Is that because I have no friends and so gifted myself and sock puppets are "not liked'?
posted by tellurian at 5:31 AM on December 20, 2006


I know a couple of people that are (or were) dying to get in to MeFi, but they hated PayPal more.

What about Google Checkout? Is that as sucky? Does it integrate into a Google Adwords account well?

What about a PO Box for snail-mailing checks and/or filthy lucre?

Jessamyn, do you accept Subway stamps?
posted by loquacious at 6:43 AM on December 20, 2006


I'm gonna use this as a venue to plead for help on my gift account purchase-- the recipient never received the email, and now I can't use their email for a do-over, cos the gift account system thinks the email address in question has been successfully used. Please hope!
posted by everichon at 8:30 AM on December 20, 2006


The country code for nigeria is .ng
posted by delmoi at 8:43 AM on December 20, 2006


The country code for nigeria is .scm
posted by delmoi at 8:43 AM PST on December 20
posted by Optimus Chyme at 11:12 AM on December 20, 2006


I also was going to buy a gift account earlier this week, but balked at PayPal. It took me a month just to get them to close the account I created to get my own MetaFilter account. It's mostly having the account with them that bothers me. They also do straight out credit card processing now, which is more trustworthy to me.
posted by Captaintripps at 11:41 AM on December 20, 2006


How about Canadian Tire Dollars? Will you accept those?
posted by dness2 at 12:48 PM on December 20, 2006


Animal Crossing Sand Dollars?
posted by oxford blue at 5:26 PM on December 20, 2006


I also was going to buy a gift account earlier this week, but balked at PayPal. It took me a month just to get them to close the account I created to get my own MetaFilter account. It's mostly having the account with them that bothers me. They also do straight out credit card processing now, which is more trustworthy to me.

Do they? Last I checked you had to create a paypal "account" on your CC in order to get in to metafilter..
posted by delmoi at 6:10 PM on December 20, 2006


vacapinta is giving away a few accounts in the "give a gift account" MeTa thread, fwiw.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:12 PM on December 20, 2006


delmoi: No. I set up the credit card processing with PayPal at my last job. It works just like it does at other sites with no indication it's PayPal and no signup with PayPal process.
posted by Captaintripps at 6:35 PM on December 20, 2006


You don't have to have a paypal account to use paypal anymore. You can just use any major credit card and it processes just like any other merchant account.
posted by dejah420 at 8:42 PM on December 20, 2006


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