March 10th, 2011

Sacred Lotus unfolding
  • siege

Payal vs Amazon, and Flattr on the side

(reposted from my journal)

So. I'm thinking of opening myself up for donations right now. I've already decided that Flattr is a good idea: You pay a low, flat monthly fee (which you can boost in larger amounts, but it's only decremented in the smaller size like a pay-as-you-go phone), and that monthly amount is divided among the people or things you've decided to "flattr" each month, or some charity.

However, while getting money into Flattr is easy (they accept lots of services IN), right now the only way to get money OUT is through Paypal, which is a service I feel rather doubtful about using.

I decided to look at Amazon's payment system. They have two kinds, one for individuals (where you can do things like transfer cash between people using Amazon emails and/or your cell number), and one for businesses (which is where "official" donations stuff goes).

So I'm faced with a choice. I can't enable Flattr unless I get a Paypal account anyway, but I'd rather use Amazon -- except I don't feel that I've heard enough about Amazon to know what I'm getting into as far as how they behave toward their users.

For now, I'm thinking of just using this for donations; but at some future time, I'll probably sell things like poetry or stories, so I'll want a business account anyway.

What do you folks use, and which do you think would be better for me, Paypal or Amazon?