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 I've seen a lot of posts flying around Tumblr lately warning artists to only use invoices when accepting commission payment. However, there seems to be no way of marking the invoice for services without an address, which makes my account look bad when there's several " unposted" items that are infact digital peices. I've tried googling for it but I've only found tips for much older versions of Paypal.

I had started using the Paypal/Me system and asking people to leave their address out of it, which worked but I saw in those same posts that Paypal where clamping down on the use of it for digital goods. When I take comms, I usually ask people to only leave a simple " code word" so I know it's their payment.

Is it all fear-mongering and bad advice?

How are other artists taking payments through paypal for digital media?

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Jul. 11th, 2017 10:51 pm (UTC)
I always use invoices. It's more professional looking, and I can clearly state my ToS and writing, "By paying this invoice, you agree to my Terms of Service linked here." I also label each "item" as digital art and then in the description, I can make it a little clearer as to what it is.

Finally, by getting the client's PayPal email, I can show screenshots of them telling it to me and further their final approval of the image as proof in case of a dispute or claim.

This might not protect me, but I feel it's better to be able to label exactly what the client is paying for than leave it up to interpretation with a link.


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