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Humble Bundles & The PayPal Problem

Ever heard of the humble bundle? I hadn't until very recently, two or three weeks ago, so I signed up for the newsletter to be notified when the next bundle would be out. Low and behold, the new bundle was out just a few days later! The concept of the Humble Bundle is to provide a neat assortment of addictive Indie games and let buyers pay what they want for it. If you pay above average you get a couple of extra games, and the average was (last time I checked) $5,12. Not much for err... 8 games if you count the two bonus ones. Not to mention the extra soundtracks and other nifty features that were included with the package.

I would have bought the humble bundle if only they accepted credit card payments through a different provider than PayPal. Ever since I received a new credit card, PayPal has been refusing to accept it. It doesn't make a difference if I'm logged in or out, and if I try to add the card directly through my account, it just won't work. The card works fine when used through other payment gateways, but it's going to be troublesome paying my web-hosting bill when it's time to renew hosting next year. Why? Well obviously they use PayPal. I've Googled the problem and it turns out I'm not alone. Plenty of people have the same problem.

So, if I contact support maybe support can solve the issue. Maybe I'll even have to call and be guided through the trail of errors, as it seems many others have done. Still I stall, I feel like a rebel. I don't want to use pPayPal anymore. Anyone know of a better service? Actually I'm already signed up with Moneybookers, Alertpay, E-gold... and probably a few others, but as long as websites don't accept payments through them, what difference does it make.

Now that Google is entering the game, though, maybe it's time for a long due evolution. :)


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