My Websites & Paypal

As of today I have removed Paypal from my webstore here because I cannot, in good conscience, continue to support a credit card processing company that is causing the ban of some of my books through Smashwords and ARE. I would be hypocrite to cry foul and then continue to support them by using them to process transactions on my own websites.

I don’t know where I’m going with this yet. I need to find a comparable service to Paypal and sadly it appears Paypal dominates the market.

Alas, I won’t be closing my Paypal account completely because sadly in order to get paid by my distributors (ironically Smashwords and ARE, and Lulu) I need to keep that account open. So if it comes right down to it – if the ONLY way a consumer can pay me is through Paypal, then I will honor that method of payment. It simply won’t be my primary choice of accepting payments and those who want to order using Paypal will need to contact me via email. Please note the Paypal links will remain on the demonolatry.org website until I have time set up a new merchant account somewhere else and add new linkage.

Thank you for your understanding and I hope this doesn’t cause any inconvenience.

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at swordarkeereon@gmail.com


  • Martin

    Hey Steph,

    PayPal is a total 4 letter word for me. They basically rule the roost and screw over anyone who doesn’t want to play their little game, their little way. I use them as the payment processor on my own website simply because they are trusted by people, and they don’t require any kind of credit check or monthly minimum to use their service. With that being said, you can go to http://www.paypalsucks.com and find some good information about their business practices, and even some alternatives if you aren’t bound by the same kind of limitations I am. Also, if you ever have to deal with them on the phone or through any of their support, the only thing that I have found that will get them to deviate from their little script, is to threaten them with a complaint to the California attorney general’s office. For some reason that’s the agency that will put the fear in them.

    Hope some of that helps. I feel your pain/wrath, these guys are almost as bad as Charter Cable. Almost. 😀

  • Steph

    Well as of right now I can accept Paypal, Google Checkout, and Amazon Payments. I think I’m going to use Google Checkout as my new primary, but if customers absolutely NEED to pay via Paypal, I will accept payment that way. I’m just switching to Google for the forseeable future. That way I don’t completely alienate would be customers.

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