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I've heard it plenty of times before that artists are often afraid Paypal will shut them down if they find out they are selling smut with their service. However, in my search for an alternative, I happened across this article posted a year ago.

There’s been some chatter about PayPal’s decision to not allow the sale of certain “erotica” content using our service. Specifically, PayPal doesn’t allow our service to be used to sell content relating to rape, incest and bestiality. We’d like to set the record straight.

Here are the facts. Unlike many other online payment providers, PayPal does allow its service to be used for the sale of erotic books. PayPal is a strong and consistent supporter of openness on the Internet, freedom of expression, independent publishing and eBook marketplaces. We believe that the Internet empowers authors in a way that is positive and points to an even brighter future for writers, artists and creators the world over, but we draw the line at certain adult content that is extreme or potentially illegal.

An important factor in our decision not to allow our payments service to be used to purchase material focused on rape, incest or bestiality is that this category of eBooks often includes images.

This type of content also sometimes intentionally blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction. Both these factors are problematic from a legal and risk perspective.


So...do they consider furry porn as beastiality? Or do they only allow written smut to be sold? Just looking for clarification here.

I ask because bills are piling up and I've been thinking about doing some adult commissions, but was nervous to use paypal due to their less than reliable record and the fact that I need my paypal for other things. I don't want to risk account suspension.

On that note, if anyone has any experience with a paypal alternative that allows adult materials to be exchanged, I'd be interested in hearing about it.

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shukivengeance
Mar. 28th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
1: contact a paypal rep

2: http://artists-beware.livejournal.com/545638.html

Also Sigil posted this yesterday http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/4474919/ it examines their ToS and includes a link to how to use the invoice system to avoid problems.

Edited at 2013-03-28 09:41 pm (UTC)
sigilgoat
Mar. 28th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, not to toot my own horn or anything, but the journal I posted yesterday does go through their TOS and shows what I've found!
tartii
Mar. 28th, 2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
I don't think 'anthro furry' would count as beastiality. I do think, however, that a paypal rep could see 'anthro on feral' as an extremely fine line, and they could ban/warn you for it.

Artwork such as cub is definatly against their AUP, as is, I'm sure, rape fetish pieces.

I think if paypal was against furry erotica they would flat out not want to be associated with FA period. However, they only had an issue with CP so it should be okay? (Or...was that alertpay? I can't remember x-x I'm sorry I don't know much. D:)

The best thing I would recomend is emailing them if you are shy about speaking of adult fetishes on the phone with a poor paypal guy. xD
greenreaper
Mar. 29th, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
Yes, it was AlertPay.

If both parties have U.S. bank accounts, you could try Dwolla . . . at least their fees are low, and they say only that they don't allow payment for "illegal goods or services". Probably best to ask customers to be circumspect in what they put in the memo, though, lest they throw you out as being at a "high risk" of reversals.You can make a link like https://www.dwolla.com/hub/USERNAME?memo=YOUR%20MEMO%20HERE:%20&action=send to get people to send you money.
canilupine
Apr. 5th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
I suggest going the old fashioned way if you want an alternative. Postal money orders are a good way to pay, and the fee is only $1.50. Western Union is faster, but more expensive at $5.
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