As some eBayers already may know ... eBay created a new help page yesterday called; "Accepted Payment Policy"
On this page, eBay listed PayPal alternatives that are not certified to use for auction payment and therefore will not be warranted for an investigation in any transaction in dispute.
The eBay page listed these services as either scams or unacceptable:
Payment Services not permitted on eBay: AlertPay.com, anypay.com, AuctionChex.com, AuctionPix.com, BillPay.ie, ecount.com, cardserviceinternational.com, CCAvenue, ecount, e-gold, eHotPay.com, ePassporte.com, EuroGiro, FastCash.com, Google Checkout, gcash, GearPay, Goldmoney.com, graphcard.com, greenzap.com, ikobo.com, Liberty Dollars, Moneygram.com, neteller.com, Netpay.com, Nochex.com, paychest.com, payingfast.com, paypay, Postepay, Qchex.com, rupay.com, scripophily.com, sendmoneyorder.com, stamps, Stormpay, wmtransfer.com, xcoin.com
Look at the services I highlighted. First, you'll notice that eBay has added Google's new "Google checkout" to the list. I'm not quite sure why this was added and it might be of value to eBay to place a small description or explanation that reasons why each service cannot be used.
While I love PayPal and think they have gotten better over the last year ... I still want an alternative. Since this BLOG is based on Blogger ( which is Google owned ) I would like an easier way to process micropayments and donations. Plus, Google Payments will eventually offer link revenue sharing. Most of the articles here are found after their posting rather than the day of. Google Payments will allow you to receive shared revenue from ads on the pages that return your site's search results and in turn, if your site is selected as the "preferred result" for the searched topic. Did that make sense?
Second ... notice iKobo and StormPay ... these are two services that used to be advertised on PAYPALSUCKS.COM. Wanna know why they are in the list? For the full story; read here. The short story is ... one of the first articles I did on this site back in 2004 (and remains my 2nd most hit article) is called PayPal Ain't My Buddy ... in that story I brought you the exclusive news and investigation that PAYPALSUCKS.COM was actually created and sponsored by the owners of alternative payment services to Paypal ... sponsored by you guessed it ... iKobo, yowcow, and StormPay.
Currently, PAYPALSUCKS.COM is sponsored by Card Services International. How can anyone take a website that is sponsored by the competition seriously? PAYPALSUCKS.COM is filled with lunatic rants. It is my belief that the majority of the content on that website is contrived by PayPal's crooked competition.
I got the picture above from the Card Services International website, which also resolves as 995merchantaccounts.com ... it is ironic (to me at least) that the title of this picture is CSI-Header-3.gif. Maybe I'm the only one who thinks anything on a scam site being titled "CSI" is funny.
Also of note is nochex ... this is a favorite of many international scams ... particularly from buyers in India, Malaysia, and The Philippines ... although I have been directed to pay using this service by many scammers based in the UK as well.
It is a shame though that eBay is placing Google Checkout amongst the thugs of the "ePayment World".