viernes, 29 de agosto de 2008

Why Paypal sucks?


You know that I'm a Programming Books author, and I published my book on Lulu.com. Of course they pay me for the sell of my books...They used to send me paper checks every quarter...But here on Peru you got only 1 month to check the paper check before it becomes useless...Sometimes, due to lack of time (Mostly for work), you can't get to the Bank and get your money...I got that problem a couple of months back, so I changed my remission setting to work with my Paypal account.

Everything seems to be nice and ready...But...When I sign up for Paypal, they didn't ask for my country...Which doesn't seems to be a bad thing...But...Yesterday I searched for Paypal in Peru...I received a big surprise when read that people state that Paypal allows people from Peru and most Latin American countries to use the service to pay, but not to withdraw they money...Can you believe it? Why didn't they told me that when I sign up for the service?

If you search for his info on the Paypal site, you're going to be lucky if you find it quickly...

The same day, I wrote Lulu asking them about my payment...The told me...

We're going to pay you by the end of this month

Everything was nice, you may thought...But after I discover that I wasn't to able to withdraw my money...Everything started to suck...Big time...I wrote Lulu again telling them my problem...And gladly they we're kind enough to understand me and freeze the payment until November 15.

Now...Why on earth didn't Paypal inform the users about this as soon as they sign in? I don't know...But that's not really a cool thing...I know that they to have some kind of agreement with Latin American Banks...But can't they send paper checks like Lulu do?

Every information on the Lulu site is clear enough to be sure that you're going to get paid and when...Also, they're LiveChat is really useful.

By saying this...I recall again my frustration about living in a Latin American country...Are we being discriminated? Why can't we use widely used services if we're supposed to live on a globalized world...

Now...I only to wait till I got my paper check to reclaim my money...But that's not a nice as it looks...Most banks on Peru make you wait for 3 months until they pay you...Why? Because being a foreign paycheck...They say the need to contact the bank, make sure the paycheck is real, that it has funds and some other related stuff...But 3 months? For Christ sake...They're banks! Why I can use my credit card to pay or withdraw money in any country of the world but can't check a paycheck in less than 3 months? Maybe it's because they love to take money but don't like to give it away...

I really hope, I don't have any more problems regarding this issue...Because of this...I haven't received any money since July, 2007...And that my friends...Really suck...

Greetings,

Blag.