Paypal cracking down on flashcart stores

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  1. Costello
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    It is no secret that back in November 2010, Paypal successfully took down our #1 sponsor and partner site ShopTemp.com. All they had to do was freeze their account with all the funds put on hold indefinitely. Well, it seems that lately they have been cracking down harder on flashcart stores. Most if not all of the major flashcarts sites are no longer able to offer Paypal as a payment method. They block accounts without warning and chances of settling it are slim to none. A couple of major sites were hit very recently: our main sponsor ETcome, our former partner VideoGamePlaza, DSCartshop, ZhuZhuChina, 0shippingzone, and many more.

    Paypal being gone, what payment options does that leave you? If you are looking to purchase a product from such sites, there are not a lot of options left. Let's go through the few methods still available to date:

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    Note that only a very small selection of online stores offer AlertPay as a payment method, due to their poor service, the lack of options for merchants and their excessively high fees. Ultimately you will probably have to resort to online bank card payment, usually both credit and regular debit cards being accepted. This method consists in using, at the time of the payment, an external payment gateway hosted on the (secure) website of a bank. Once the bank receives your card information, it proceeds to transferring the money to the seller and notifies the store that the payment has been made. In most cases the seller doesn't get to receive or store your bank card information, although it may happen in particular situations.

    Naturally, it can prove difficult to resort to using your bank card for online payments. Credit card fraud has always existed and will always exist. Besides, your bank does not offer the same level of protection as Paypal (disputes, case resolution and such). Which is why we recommend that you use bank card payments only on the most reliable sites. Be particularly cautious when purchasing something online on a site that is not widely popular.

    Lastly if you're in the market for flashcarts in particular, we will of course suggest that you make your purchases on our partner website ETcome. They have proven to be a very reliable partner for the past 6 months and by trusting them with your purchases, you are also helping us to maintain our site alive as they provide the necessary income for all our servers and other expenses.

     


  2. pokefloote

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    That's sad. I know a lot of users on this forum rely on shops that use paypal because they are too young for credit cards.

    Guess it can't be helped though. Most people use flashcarts illegally. I doubt hundreds of american children have imported Pokemon x Nobunaga's Ambition and are using a flashcart to play a translated backup of their own copy.
     
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  3. andy26129

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    Ive always hated Paypal with all my Internethearts, they should have won worst company in America. Im I right sprinkle covered tempers.
     
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  4. 431unknown

    431unknown Greatness Awaits

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    That blows goat cock.
     
  5. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

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    no wonder lulz hacked the guys. they seem to ignore the fact tht it is allowed in some countries or they cracking down based on their country's law? they seem to be taking advantage of their market position. i guess cc or dc is probably a good option for now.

    PS - even shaun decided to post a sarcastic image.
     
  6. ZAFDeltaForce

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    You mean Costello? :P

    This sucks. Hope my R4 and Supercards lasts
     
  7. Mr. Prince

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    I kinda knew that something like this was coming, so I bought another copy of each flashcart I own B-)
     
  8. YayMii

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    Oh, ass. Just when my brother decided he was going to buy himself a 3DS and a DStwo. Well at least there's the option of buying a Visa gift card and using that to make the online purchase more securely.
     
  9. id242

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    A few alternatives to paypal.

    digitalriver.com
    2Checkout.com
    AlertPay.com ** TRY THIS ONE **
    TrialPay.com
    E-junkie.com
    checkout.google.com
    bitcoin.org
    moneybrokers.com ** not to be confused with moneyhookers.com, a completely different site **
    paymate.com
    obopay.com
    payments.amazon.com
    kagi.com
    neteller.com
    paypay.com
    ccnow.com ** TRY THIS ONE **
    libertyreserve.com
    strictpay.com
    perfectmoney.com
    NETeller.com
    EntroPay.com
    Webmoney.com
     
  10. Zekrom_cool

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    SCREW THAT GODDAMN PEST! : :hateit::
     
  11. Hyro-Sama

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    Well, just one more year until I'm old enough to have my own credit card. I thought it was quite odd that a few sites weren't offering PayPal as an option anymore. I'm glad I now know the reason.
     
  12. Costello
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    as far as i know, most of those sites require you to be an american-based registered business to operate with them.
    which is not the case of most flashcart stores...
     
  13. id242

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    I was hoping that by posting my current "alternatives to paypal" list, there might be at least one in there that could be of help :)
     
  14. Just Another Gamer

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    I hate paypal for a while now and never even bothered using it, its seriously the worst way to pay online. Just been using one of those pre-paid visa cards and its been working great although a little expensive but atleast its better than paypal.
     
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  15. Another World

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    it would be nice if someone put the blame back on nintendo. they were the ones who sent the letters to paypal. paypal responded by blocking the sites because they violate their TOS. i don't see how paypal is the bad company, as some have commented.

    -another world
     
  16. ZAFDeltaForce

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    You could get a debit card. Works like a credit card, except that expenses are directly deducted from your account, so you don't have to deal with credit card fees
     
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  17. Just Another Gamer

    Just Another Gamer 星空のメモリア-Wish upon a shooting star- Fanboy

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    Maybe you never had a bad experience with them but I certainly have and will never ever go back to them and when you put it that way it is nintendo's fault.
     
  18. triassic911

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    That sucks but don't most people have a debit card? Don't get me wrong, I love using paypal as much as the next guy, but if there is no other choice, paying with a debit card directly isn't so bad.
     
  19. Costello
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    I do believe that most people have a bank card yes. Except underage kids.
     
  20. mjax

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    Moneybookers.com could be a good answer.

    I made an order of $30 or so at ETcome. When I went to pay using my credit card, I found out that one could only pay using Visa and not Mastercard which is what I have. I am therefore unable to place an order with them. I still wish to buy my stuff from them but I am unable to do so. Sent them an email asking about it and it went unanswered.


    Edit: also, fuck Paypal.
     
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