Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sometimes you just can't win.

This makes me angry.

Like most people, I use Paypal (but limit my use to things I cannot purchase any other way). I know how much of a pain in the ass they can be. I didn't, however, expect them to pull this sort of crap...especially not when the raffle is in support of soldiers.

Bad move, Paypal. Bad move. I don't care if you're anti-gun...apparently you're also anti-military. I've seen suggestions that Paypal is just following the laws of California, but that's a load of bullshit. eBay is equally anti-gun, and it makes sense that eBay's politics would filter down to Paypal, since the former owns the latter.

As a sidenote - I had already been debating getting a ticket or two, and this clinches it. I'm glad Paypal won't be making money off these ticket sales...and once payday hits, I'll be picking up a ticket or three.

EDITED TO ADD: apparently, in response to a lot of complaints about Paypal, gunpal now exists for your gun trading needs.


NotClauswitz said...

IMO Pay-Pal is following the fear-of-litigation and the Cool-to-be-a-weenie behavior that is California, that's all. I tried buying a couple tickets through Pay-Pal, I use it for buying eBay crap - but it kept screwing up, so I just put it on the Visa!

Laura said...

That may be true, but I really, really don't believe that is the only reason.

Mike W. said...

I try to avoid paypal as much as possible, unfortunately there's not a competitor who's really a viable alternative.

It's really quite ridiculous. They're raffling off a gun that is clearly legal in CA. They're just being a bunch of assholes at the mere THOUGHT of a GUN being involved here and are willing to shit all over charity for a good cause because of it.

That said, I've often paid for "misc. tools" or a "shower mat" through I would ever buy a shower mat.

I will say that the negative publicity has piqued my interest in Project Valor and I'll now be buying a few ticket, even if it means sending them a check.

mike's spot said...

agreed at their general douchebaggery. I agree with mike though- for now, they have the market relatively cornered.

Any pictures of your plinkster yet?

Kevin said...

We've managed to bypass PayPal! Another sponsor of the Rendezvous,, an ammo site, is doing the on-line ticket sales for us with all proceeds (minus the 3% credit card fee) going to Soldiers' Angels. Soldiers' Angels is still taking phone orders for those who don't want to purchase on-line. Details here.

And thanks again for linking!

Laura said...

hey Kevin - i'm thrilled to hear that. i've been getting the word out as best i can!

it angers me that i live in a state where i'm prohibited from winning the pistol, though. fecking maryland.

Mike W. said...

Laura - What about a 1911 makes it prohibited?

Laura said...

it's the casing, not the gun itself. i can get it here, but to get a new gun in Maryland it must come with a spent casing for the MDPD.

Mike W. said...

Doh! Dumbass MD Ballistics Registry that hasn't solved a single crime despite enormous cost to taxpayers.

Laura said...

yeah, tell me about it!

mike's spot said...

Ugh. You have to turn the case in as well? 40 freakin' bucks here to get the test done if your pistol doesn't have it included- must be dropped off by the dealer too before you take possession. They literally have like a 5 hour work day and are a good 50 miles from me.

I feel your pain.

Laura said...

oh WE don't turn in the case...our FFL does it for us. and if we can't get the gun with the factory-shot case?

we're SOL.