Okay, just warn you all, this may be long, tedious and gripey.
On the Sending Cash for Zines thread, the issue of using Pay Pal came up. I wrote that I didn't have it and that I was hesitant to try it. Well, today I went ahead and signed up for it. Here's the story.
A few weeks ago I made a donation to Wikipedia. As is often the case, it pushed Pay Pal as the "Quickest, Easiest and Safest" option, but I ignored that and went ahead and payed by my ATM/debit card.
A short time later there was a "Thank You" message in my inbox saying, "Thank you for your Pay Pal donation!" What? Had I inadvertantly signed up for Pay Pal at the same time I payed via my card? If so, I think that's a little sneaky, but since I'd been considering getting PayPal for a while, I thought, oh, well, I'll let it go. I wasn't even sure if I was understanding it right anyway. Maybe I wasn't signed up. I know that Internese and English aren't quite the same language.
Today, I had an on-line order to make at a nutrition company, and I decided I'd see what happened if I tried buying with PayPal.
I put in my e-mail and the password I usually use, and it came up that one or the other was invalid. So I clicked "Forgot My Password". They said I'd have to set up a new one. I did, and then they said I had to answer a bunch of questions---who was your best friend, who was your first boss, what's your favorite restaurant, etc., etc. I drew blanks. I thought the questions were stupid and invasive. (What ever happened to mother's maiden name, pet's names, etc.?) So, tired and frustrated, I gave up and decided to put off getting PayPal at all, and didn't even bother to finish my order. I x'd out and shut down the computer.
I came back about an hour later and in my inbox was "Congrulations, you have successfully opened a PayPal account!" What? I thought you said my "information was incorrect", everytime I tried entering something, which was about half a dozen times? I didn't even finish the process!
Anyway, the e-mail said all I had to do was click "Activate" which I did. Then I had to go through the similar rigmarole with getting a password---this time, for reasons I'm not sure of, there were no silly quesitons. I tried to think of something with 8 or more characters, finally did and typed it in. Just as I hit "Enter" I noticed in the corner that it said it had to contain one number or symbol. I grimaced. But I needn't have, because IT TOOK THE ALL-LETTERS password I entered, and brought me to my "account page". (Now will I run into trouble when I put in an "incorrect" password?)
So it seems I do (or may not) have PayPal. I'm too busy right now to try it, but'll let you all know if I do that successfully. I hope it'll be quicker and easier to USE than it was to sign up for (assuming that I actually that).