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Chapter 1:
Why did your account suddenly get
If you have had an account limited from PayPal, it’s usually for the following
1. (Withdrawal) Too Much Money, Too Soon
2. Being linked to a previously Suspended / Limited Account.
3. Sudden change in activity
4. Withdrawing too much money over a longer period of time
without supplying your SS number.
5. Violating PayPal’s TOS in regards to acceptable websites, and
transaction types.
6. Scamming people because you’re a piece of $h!t.
In most cases, it’s either 1 - 4
Too Much Money, Too Soon:
It’s never a good idea, to start transferring thousands of dollars upon a
brand new registration. This is a quick way to get shut down. There is no
exact number that I know of, for the first 30 days of a PayPal account, I
never withdrawal more than $500, and I never attempt single transactions
of more than $400. Keep it conservative, and build up your momentum.
Being Linked to a Previously Limited Account:
PayPal’s system is always scanning activity, they scan IP logs, they scan
Cookies, and they scan activity. You NEVER want to log into an old PayPal
account using your New IP address or cookies. You never want make that
mistake, otherwise PayPal will catch on to that and flag you right away.
Even if you change the IP, clear the cookies and not the flash cookies, you
will still be linked and PayPal will flag that and suspend it. So don’t make
that mistake. It’s going to be very important for you NOT to cross
Sudden Change in Activity:
This is very common, especially for Internet Marketers who may be setting
releasing a new product. Once they “Launch” and get that instant surge in
sales, PayPal might flag that account because it is a sudden and drastic
change in activity. So watch out!
Withdrawing Too Much over a Long Period of Time (without having a
SSN on file):
This is something new that PayPal is implementing. The reason why they
started this is because in 2011 they are going to start reporting to the IRS,
and they want each account to be linked to a S.S number. If you don’t have
a SSN linked to your PayPal account, it is very likely that you will be limited
sooner or later, and PayPal is going to ask for this information. Example:
one of my recent PayPal accounts was limited after I withdraw about
$10,000 from the account over a period of 5 months. Fortunately, I have
multiple accounts so the hiccup didn’t really bother me.
Violating PayPal’s TOS:
PayPal does not want you to accept payments for: Porn , Gambling,
Currency Exchange, Illegal crap, Credit Card Repair Service, etc… so just
make sure you are within their TOS.. Otherwise plan on having hundreds of
PayPal accounts because they will catch on.
If scammers were not out there trying to rip people off, us good folk
wouldn’t have to be jumping through all of these hoops just to use the
service. But I guess there will always be people trying to take advantage of
others. Those people just are scum.
Chapter 2:
Understanding How "They" Track You!
Services such as PayPal and eBay (amongst others) have a complex system
that tracks each individual user. The reason why they want to track people is
to avoid Scammers from abusing their system. But in the mix of things, they
end up and prevent legitimate business owners from using the system.
PayPal will track you via the follow methods:
IP Address
Credit Card Info
Email Address
Website URL (If you have it
linked to your PayPal)
Flash Cookies
eBay account (eBay owns
First Name , Last Name
Mailing Address
“Email Beacons” (This is
still a theory)
Phone Number
Social Security Number
EIN / Tax Number
Bank Info
Government ID
IP Address:
This is where MOST people fail when they try to create a new
PayPal address. They think they deleted their cookies, and that’s enough.
WRONG! You MUST change your IP Address, otherwise you risk being
limited again for being linked to a bad account.. Don’t worry though,
changing your IP address is VERY easy. I have provided a video below that
will show you how to change your IP address in a few minutes.
Email Address:
You would think this is obvious; however some people still
try to sign up with a new account, using a new email address. Don’t and I
want to emphasize not use an email address that is linked with your domain
name (Even if you change or create a new user name).
Reason being, PayPal is not that stupid. They will
track your domain names! I highly suggest you use Gmail. There is a
reason for that as well, lately amongst my “inner circle” friends, they say
that services especially AOL will accept “beacons” and these “beacons” can
be use to trace you. How this works is, in each of your official PayPal
emails (notification emails) they will include a hidden “beacon” and services
like AOL don’t block these, where as Gmail does. This is still a theory,
however I don’t want to be the guinea pig!
Cookies are just little bytes of information that a website will place
on your computer that will give them basic information. We all know what
cookies are. PayPal and eBay use cookies, to identify an individual
computer. So it’s important for you to clear these. Please review the
Clearing cookies chapter on the best methods and free tools to use.
Flash Cookies:
Flash cookies are simple cookies on “steroids” they use
macromedia flash. Most, if not all browsers won’t clear flash cookies when
you click on “Clear cookies” most people don’t even realize they have flash
cookies on their computer. This is where people fail next. Some people
have tried to take their laptop to another location (if they don’t know how to
change IP) where they will get a new IP by logging into a different network.
OR They may use “Air Cars” to change their IP address. Well, guess what,
just because you changed you IP address and cleared your simple cookies
does not mean you’re finished. These people would then proceed to setup a
new PayPal and eBay account and think they are in the clear. Then BAM
within hours, or after the first transaction their account is suspended. Why?
They never cleared the Flash cookies, and this is another method being used
to trace you. So please review the video on how to clear Flash cookies.
Personal Info:
This again should be obvious. YOU NEVER WANT TO USE
THE SAME INFORMATION!! You should always use a alias of your name.
Example of Real name: Susan Eileen Boyle
Possible Alias’s:
Alias 1) Susanne Boyle
Alias 6) Suzan Boyl
Alias 2) Susan Boyl
Alias 7) Eilen Boyle
Alias 3) Suzanne Boyle
Alias 8) Eilen Boyl
Alias 4) Suzanne Boyl
Alias 9) Eileen Boyle
Alias 5) Suzan Boyle
Alias 10) Eileen Boyl
As you can see above, there are 10 different “Alias name” you can use. I
always try to use name close to my real name, just in case I have to get a
Check, then I can Cash it. I can’t cash a check that is not even close to my
real name. So I use variations of first, middle and last name.
: Since PayPal and eBay rarely ever send you a piece of mail
(unless you choose this method to confirm address) Always use a different
address with the same Zip Code as your Bank Account. Why same Zip
Code? Well, when you confirm your address, the only thing they check is to
make sure the Address Zip Code matches the Credit Card Zip Code (I will go
more into this later)
Country: *
Important* If you are in Country A don’t try to make a PayPal
account based out of Country B. I know a lot of people have tried to make
US based accounts from other countries. This is a REAL quick way to get
flagged. You can only accomplish this if you have a private proxy service
that will give you the IP of that country. And this can be expensive. So for
simplicity purposes, only register the PayPal account in the country you’re
currently located.
Phone Number:
Again, this should be obvious, however some people still
TRY to link their phone to another account. PayPal won’t allow you to do
that, but they will keep a note in the system that you can’t see. It is REALLY
easy to get a new phone number though. I go through this in detail in the
Account setup Section.
Bank Info:
A bank account can only be attached to one account. So don’t
even try to add a bank account that is already linked to a previous PayPal
account, you will receive an error message, and PayPal will secretly record
that information placing the new account at risk. So don’t even try. I will
show you how to get a bunch of bank accounts to use.
Credit Card/Debit Card:
This is very similar to the bank account. A card
number can only be linked with 1 account. I will show you how to get a
bunch of Cards to use.
If you have linked a shopping cart directly to your
PayPal account without using a 3
party service, then you NEVER want to
link that domain, or any other domain that shares the same hosting service
to another PayPal account. PayPal will record that domain and any relevant
information, and flag it. So if they see it pop up on another account, it can
be used to link it to a previously suspended or limited account.
eBay owns PayPal, so you know they share all the information. Never
mix and match PayPal accounts with eBay accounts. And when you are
making a new eBay account, use the same precautions.
Email Beacons:
(See email Accounts)
Social Security:
This is the magic information. The reason why I say that,
is in the US most accounts remain limited for ever because the account
holder either does not want to provide this information, or this information is
linked with a previous account. Just like the other info. S.S.N. can only be
linked with one account.
EIN Number / Tax Id / Government ID:
EIN number is a “business
social” you can apply for different EIN number from the government,
however you can no longer substituted an EIN number in place of the SS (As
of 2009). In some countries, this information is not even request and in
those countries creating, sustaining a PayPal account is much easier for
those reasons.
Now, I suggest you RE-READ the information in this chapter, and commit it
to memory. If you understand how you are being tracked, you will
understand how to work around the system and never have a problem with
creating a new account again.
Chapter 3:
I got limited now what?!
After you get limited, don’t panic. When people panic, they usually do
something stupid that will just continue to mess them up. Remember the
golden rule “Never indirectly link accounts” And what I mean is, if you wake
up and you get the infamous “Notice of Limitation” email, don’t immediately
log into another PayPal account and try to start accepting payments there.
Or 2) don’t immediately create a new account without taking the necessary
There is always a reason for limitation, and 9 times out of 10, it will be due
to one of the reasons previously discussed.
Sometimes PayPal will only require a few things, like proof of suppliers, or
proof of delivery. If it’s something very simple like that, try to work it out
with PayPal and send in the documents they request. That’s much easier
(and better) for longevity, versus immediately giving up and starting a new
I got limited with money in the account!
This has happened just about to everyone who uses PayPal. You’re not the
only one this has happened to, so don’t worry. Now, if this happens and you
are unable to lift the limitation, then the money is as –good-as gone… for
180days. After 180 days PayPal will release the money to you and will
become available for wither Check or Bank Transfer. I always recommend
the bank transfer, this will eliminate any issues that may arise with a check,
in case you use a fake address or fake name. Just remember NOT to close
the account that is attached with that bank account, that’s why it’s going to
be important for good accurate record keeping.
“Refund the Payment”
Sometimes what has happened to me in the past is one of my accounts just
received a payment for a large sum of money. Example $1,000. This may
have raised a flag, then PayPal has limited me. So in this case, what I had
to do was refund that money to the person, and have them send it to
another account. OR If I’m using a PayPal piggy back system, I simply
refunded the money to another one of my PayPal accounts, and sent it to yet
another account. I will go more into depth of this later.
So if you ever get notification of limitation:
Don’t Panic
Figure out why you think you were suspended
Don’t link Accounts
Don’t create a new account without taking proper measures
Communicate with PayPal about possible lifting the limitation
Refund any recent transactions or wait out the 180 days.
Create new account and start over.
Chapter 4:
Should I Continue to use PayPal?
Whether you create a new account or not is completely up to you! I can
remember the first (of many) times waking up, checking my email just to
find out my account had been limited. This occurred in 2003. I was
Shocked! I didn't know a company could do this, and to make matters
worth, me and my roommate at the time were business partners. We sold
cellular phones eBay in huge quantities. We both had about $1,500 in out
accounts and since we were on the same IP Address they suspended both of
our accounts. They asked for proof of shipment, SSN, proof of supplier,
utility bills, and Identification. We supplied all of that information, but they
simply told us they no longer wanted to do business with us. So for 180
days, we had roughly $3,0000 being held. Keep in mind, this was money we
needed to pay our suppliers and bills. We didn’t know what to do. After
that, I swore I would never use PayPal again. Fortunately, at the time we
eBay still was allowing the use of money orders, so we just started to take
Money orders. However, 6 years later and about 15 limited accounts.. I'm
back and not going anywhere.
You hate to admit it, but PayPal is the largest online payment processor.
They have brand recognition all over the world. They are good at what they
do, and that's the bottom line. They've beaten countless lawsuits, and
competitors. PayPal is a name people associate with "trust". There are
issues that I hate about PayPal (their seller protection) but that's another
eBook all together, and it won't be a guide it will be a bash fest!!
So, to answer your question.. I would not stop using PayPal simple because
they limited one of your accounts. I would keep using their service as long
as you know how to do it the right way to avoid any frustration of being shut
down within days of opening up accounts.
Chapter 5:
How to Create a New Account.
Before you create a New Account, you will need the following to make it a
confirmed account:
1. New Email Address (Gmail Preferred)
2. Alias Name
3. Address
4. New Credit Card or Debit Card information.
5. New Bank Account Information.
6. New Phone Number.
Email Address:
Please refer to Chapter 2 Section on Emails.
Example of Real name:
Susan Eileen Boyle
Possible Alias’s:
Alias 1) Susanne Boyle
Alias 6) Suzan Boyl
Alias 2) Susan Boyl
Alias 7) Eilen Boyle
Alias 3) Suzanne Boyle
Alias 8) Eilen Boyl
Alias 4) Suzanne Boyl
Alias 9) Eileen Boyle
Alias 5) Suzan Boyle
Alias 10) Eileen Boyl
Use any basic address, PayPal will never send you anything, so this does not
really matter. But you should always remember to use the same Zip code as
the Zip on your credit or debit card. This is how PayPal "Confirms" the
address. Unless you opt to have them send you a confirmation in the mail.
Debit Card / Credit Card:
There are a number of different ways to go about getting a new debit card or
Credit card. With my bank, it's very easy to report my card lost or stolen.
So when I go to the branch and report my card as lost or stolen they will
issue me a temporary card. This card I can use for a new account. Then in
about 5-7 days they will send me my new official card with my name on it,
and I can use this card for another PayPal account. Don't forget, PayPal
does not track the name on the card, they only want to make sure the Zip
code matches the zip code to the address. You provide. So if you are going
to be using the bank card, credit card trick, it will be important to have the
same zip code.
Another way around this is by getting a pre-paid gift card, the best one and
most trusted is using a Simon Gift card (
If you use a Simon card, you will be able to use any zip code, as the card is
not attached with an particular Zip code. Like most gift cards, you have to
purchase a card that has a pre-set amount on it, plus some sort of activation
fee. With Simon, I believe the least is $25 plus a $5.95 activation fee. So
once you link the card to your PayPal account, you can just go spend it at
the grocery store or something.
There are other options and pre-paid gift cards. There are also "Virtual
Credit Cards" or "VCC's" There are a lot of them out there, some VCC's may
not work though, actually, most won't work. And some of the people who
sell you these VCC's are shady. I have paid as little as $4 for a batch of
VCC's but only a few of them worked, so you may save a little money but in
the long run, it may cost you money if you have to keep buying this from
untrusted sellers.
Bank Account:
What I do is pretty simple. My bank allows me to have multiple checking
and savings accounts. So if I ever need a new account, I simply visit the
location let them know I need a new account and 5 minutes later I have a
new account. There are a ton of different banks out there, so push come to
shove, if you bank won't let you open a new account, just open up another
account at a different Bank.
It is illegal for PayPal to request information from the bank such as account
owner name and what not, so don't worry about PayPal finding out who you
are based on your bank account information. Just open the account up as
usual, and go from there :-)
Phone Number:
It's very easy to get a new phone number for verification purposes that are
really cheap. What I've been doing very successfully of the past few years is
by purchasing a TracFone. This is a prepaid phone. Big Lots sells them for
$8.88 and Wal-Mart sells them for $9.87. They come pre loaded with 30
minutes, so that's more than enough minutes to verify the phone number.
You can use this same number to register a new eBay seller account also if
you want to. The phones expire in 60 days. So if you have a good running
account, you won't have to every worry about having to link another phone
to it. But in the rare possibility you have to link another phone, it will cost
you less than $10.
Before reading the rest of this chapter, it’s going to be very
important for you to fully understand how PayPal will track you.
Once you have read that information, and understand it, you can
start the account creation process. I'm going to do this in steps for
Initial Steps (These steps are designed to clean any trace that
PayPal has left on your computer)
1) Change your IP Address (see how that's done in the Video)
The way demonstrated changing IP address is by using a Wireless Router
and Changing the Mac address to the router. If you are on a dial up service,
you can simply log off, wait a little while then log back onto the service and
your IP address will change.
2) If you're using a PC , create a New windows User (this method is
preferred, please watch the Video) If you don't want to do this step, that is
OKAY but please pay close attention to step 3.
3) IF you don't want to create a new windows user then clean cookies
- clean basic cookies using CCleaner
- Clean flash cookies using the online flash cookies cleaner
4) Check your IP.
5) Record your IP and Mac address used for that IP in the excel spreadsheet
6) Double check your IP has changed and all your cookies (both standard
and flash) have been cleared.
Account Creation Steps: Make sure you have everything in place
First, refer to the checklist.
These steps should be completed after, and only after you have done the
previous steps and you have double and triple checked your IP has changed,
and you cookies and flash cookies are gone.
Up to now, you should have everything you need to create the new account,
and you have "cleaned" you computer:
So now, it's safe for you to go to and setup your new account,
make sure you set it as a premier account.
The other important thing for you to do is record everything to the IPLOG
spreadsheet. This way you can keep track of which Accounts
Have been access from which IP address and Mac Address so you don't mess
anything up.
Importance of Multiple Accounts.
What I suggest you do (based on years of dealing with PayPal) is to setup 5
Active accounts and 5 dormant accounts. The active accounts are accounts
that you want to be fully verified and confirmed. So you will need 5 CC's, 5
Phone #'s, 5 Bank Account #'s. This way, if anything ever happens to one
of the active accounts, you can plan accordingly and make any necessary
changes to your checkout process, to eliminate any problems that may arise.
A Dormant account, is basically a "Basic - unconfirmed and verified"
account. The reason why you want these is so if you ever need to use a new
account, the account will have an activation date months prior, so it's not
like it's a brand new account. Setup these accounts like normal, you want to
make sure you follow the same procedures when setting up these accounts.
All you will need is a Fresh Name, Address and Email address. The other
info like Bank, CC, and Phone you can fill in at a later date.
Chapter 6:
The best way to use your accounts
The follow is a System I'm going to call "Account Piggy Backing"
You will want to make sure you employ a good bit of strategy when using
your PayPal accounts. There are several methods that will be best, some
not safe, and some are really safe. In this chapter I'm going to discuss the
absolute best ways to take advantage of your PayPal accounts.
Unsafe Method
If you have a long standing PayPal account that has been active for years,
you can probably get away with this method. However, this is not the case
for most internet marketers, as PayPal will always find ways to shut down
people who sell digital delivery items.. It’s just how it happens. If you have
a long standing PayPal account, I don't suggest using this method anyway,
because you're risking a good account.
The advantage:
Your money is going directly to your primary account, and you don't have to
worry about 3rd party services.
If PayPal is your primary merchant you will be in big trouble if your account
is limited.. Then you won’t' have any quick way of changing some email
addresses in your flow to continue receiving payments.. And can be a big
hiccup especially during a launch where you will receive a ton of money in
Semi-Safe Method
(always have a backup PayPal account ready to go)
This method I have used pretty successfully, up until about a month ago. I
first thought that I could get away with using 1 PayPal account if I could
"hide" where the money was coming from via using a 3rd part checkout.
The other advantage about a 3rd party checkout system is if you are
changing your IP around regularly, you can still log in to the 3rd part site
like Digital Product delivery, or e-junkie and track your sales.. Without the
fear of logging into PayPal from the wrong IP address.
The other good thing about this method, is if you have had a specific URL
linked with your PayPal account that has been limited.. That URL is now in
PayPal system... and so aren’t all of the other Domains you have with the
same host, as they have the same IP. So if you open up a new PayPal
account to accept payments from that website.. Guess what, PayPal will link
you and you're PayPal account will be limited to being linked to a bad
account. Now, if you use a 3rd party payment system, your domain is linked
with them, not linked with PayPal and most 3rd part systems won't share
The Downfall to this system, is that you are still at risk of getting limited.
How, if you are not being linked?? Well, unless you provide a S.S # (And if
you're like most people you don't want to give PayPal your SS # , or your
SS# is already linked to a bad account) then you are basically S.O.L..
Reason being is right around the $10k withdraw mark, PayPal is going to
limit you and ask you for more information..Most of the information is pretty
general and you can supply.. But the main thing they ask for which is tricky
and virtually impossible to get around is the SS# (FOR US PEOPLE) once
they ask you for that, you might as well as move on to the next account.
So if you only have 1 account and you are using the "semi safe method" this
is only good, until you get limited.. Then if that happens in the middle of a
big sale or launch, you are going to be scrambling trying to figure out what
next! What to do! You have a ton of people trying to buy but no way to get
the money.. Trust me, I’ve been there and it sucks.
If you get money held in this account, it's going to be held for no less than
180 days or 6months. This can be really annoying, especially if you were
counting on that money coming in.
Re ally Safe Method!
Okay, this is pretty much just like "semi safe method" only this one involves
another level of protection. You notice a "2nd PayPal account" This PayPal
account is designed to me disposable. Your 2nd PayPal account is back end
account. Your 1st PayPal account will collect the profits from the 3rd party
cart, however it will not be responsible for withdrawing the funds. This way,
you don't have to worry about risking it. You will SEND the money from
your primary account to your second account. And withdraw it from your
secondary account. This way, if your secondary account it frozen or limited,
you can still collect payments, and use another PayPal account you have
setup (I'm going to show you how) as your secondary account. And the
good thing is, you can refund the payment BACK to your primary account,
then send it to another account to withdraw.. So when that 2ndary account
is frozen.. Who cares. You will have a system in place that twill still allows
you to collect payments, and move on with no problems. People can still
send you payments, and you can still withdraw money..Instead of sending
the money to account B you will just send it to account C..No one will ever
even notice.
Super Safe Method, Low Risk of Detection, and High Risk of error on
your behalf (Great for paranoid people!)
This method is just like the Really Safe Method. It involved using a single,
secondary account that you will send you money to. And every week, you
change rotate your accounts, this way you keep your account activity spread
out through multiple accounts. This is a Great technically low risk strategy,
however you will have to be juggling multiple accounts on a regular basis,
and it can just get to be a hassle. However, if you're up to the challenge, go
for it. I personally don't use this method, but I believe someone may find it
Chapter 7:
What NOT To do from new PayPal Account
Once you create a new account, and I'm assuming that you have created the
account the "right" way, you want to make sure to protect this account with
all your might. You want to make sure you keep proper track of the records
such as IP , Mac Address, Windows user log-in, Email Address, Names, etc.
Any of the "identifying" information you want to make sure you keep up
with, that way you don't mess up and get linked to a bad account. The
following is going to be a basic list, of "what not to do" from your new
account. And if you do any of the listed things, you risk being linked.
Log into an old (limited / suspended) account from the Same IP
Log into an Old account if you have not cleared the Cookies ,
Flash cookies and or changed Windows User Log-ins.
Use Trading Manager programs such as eBay's TurboLister..
EVER.. They modify your registry, and unless you are good at finding
the strings you will be linked every time.
Never try to use the same account information.
Within 30 days, don't go overboard with your transactions.
Don't try to link your new PayPal, with your old eBay account
that has been associated with your old PayPal account.
Never call PayPal, and tell them you just created a new account
because your old account was limited, this is just common sense.
Never log into your PayPal account outside of the country you
registered it in.
NEVER log onto your PayPal account from a public computer.
You don't know if someone has used that computer and has signed
into a bad account. Take Extreme caution.
Chapter 8
Party Shopping Carts
If you plan on using PayPal for your digital items, PLEASE plan on using a
3rd part cart software. By using a 3rd party software , you're essentially
hiding your Domain name from PayPal. Which is important, as you know
PayPal can track you. So you want to make sure to take every step in
avoiding any linking. There are a number of third party carts you can
use, most are a paid service however they are not that expensive,
especially if you're looking for peace of mind of not being linked. I'm
going to tell you about the two services that I have been using and I
absolutely love. (I'm not including any Affiliate links)
This is a great service, you can have a test account for free, and this is
perfect if you only want 1 product. It's only $5/month for an additional
10 products, and the price goes up from there. Digital Product delivery
makes it very simple for you to change PayPal account information also,
which is very important. It integrates with PayPal's cart buttons, so you
simple create a button in PayPal, and you plug that information into the
cart. It takes a few minutes to setup, very quick, easy and streamlined.
The other cool thing about this is the use of coupon codes (which I love)
and the ability to setup affiliate products.
A disadvantage with DPD is that it does not really work well with member
sites, but there is a way around that. The product is delivered Via File.
So if you want to give someone access to a member setup page or
something, you have to create a HTML file that will redirect them to the
site you want them to be FWD to. So after they make payment, they will
be direct to DL the HTML file which will redirect them. This minor issue is
easily solved, so it's not really that bad.
Another good advantage of DPD is that they can be linked with other
merchants, such as 2Checkout (2CO) and they are planning on setting
up with Google Checkout and Amazon. I highly recommend this service.
You can get e-junkie coupon codes on the web, I got my account free for
160 days or something like that. I really like eJunkie. They are pretty
similar to DPD in terms of features. The currently allow multiple payment
options. PayPal or GoogleCO. On your checkout page, you can have both
as an option, so if you lose a PayPal account, Google will take over right
then and there. This service is a little bit more cumbersome, it may take
you a hour or two just to get the feel of the system, but once you have a
good feel of what's going on you won't have any problems navigating the
service. This is a great checkout system that will hide your domain info
from PayPal.. That’s what the goal of this is.
Chapter 9
Other Payment Processors and PayPal Alternatives
There are alternatives to PayPal. But what you will learn is there is no
"perfect" solution, and most people try to find their way back onto PayPal,
but they go about it unsuccessfully. A lot of people are switching over to
complete merchant solutions such as This section is going to
be about other simple / basic merchant programs as an alternative.
The following is a list, of what I believe are good payment solutions.
This list is geared towards Digital Delivery, and not selling tangible
(There is No Affiliate Links What-so-ever)
Google Checkout:
After PayPal, personally would go with Google checkout. When you first sign
up, you are going to be considered a risk.
It takes GCO 60 days to have full account access with no limitation. For the
first 60 days, each of your transactions will be under a 2 week hold, so you
won't get access to you money for at least 2 weeks. I suggest having
several of these accounts too, just in case you do run into problems. Some
people have reported issues, but I have never had an issue. I think most
issues arise from GCO when you are not really being honest with your
business practices.
2 Check Out (2CO):
This is a trusted service, I would use this as a last case scenario. They
Charge $49 setup, and %5.5% + $.45 which is pretty high, but if it's all you
can work with then this is a good method.
I have heard some good and bad about this company, most of the people
who report issues never seem to tell the "whole story" so you just never
know. With any online merchant, if you treat it with respect, it will return it
back to you.
Click Bank
Click bank is a great alternative, plus you get to market for affiliate to help
sell your product. There is a $49 setup fee as well.
I would use click bank next in line after Google checkout.
There are other services out there, but these are just the three I would
prefer to use. You may want to use, it's more expensive
upfront, but you don't have to worry about the hassle. And I also believe (I
could be wrong) that with you have to pay for a security
certificate which is another expensive cost.
I like to keep things as simple as possible, that's why I've been using a
mixture of Google checkout (On my more Risqué items) and PayPal on my
standard Items.
The Yoko Guide to Unverified Paypals
Everybody knows that PP sucks. They go sticking their noses where they shouldn't. Who
CARES if you got your money from a Russian mobster or a shady brown man who wears a
turban. Right? Well these are the exact reasons PP has to be so strict, because a few years
back PP was THE payment system to use for criminals. But you TBNancys, who are just
small time and 100% legit, can still play nice with PP without handing over any personal info
1. PP doesn't care who you are if you send/receive small payments.
PP just wants its transaction fees. They'll only ask as many questions as they need to which
is dictated by corporate policy/the law. However since nobody knows what their internal
policies are, it's hit and miss
The general rule here is keep it below $100 a week, both in
and out. Don't start receiving large amounts of money with brand new accounts. Small
amounts are okay. If you just need your PP to receive GPT payments and buy various things
on forums, you're okay.
2. You don't need to "verify" your account to use it.
There are two ways to move money out of your PP. Either withdraw it to your bank acc or
spend it. If you have a bank account, great. You don't really need this guide. With an
unverified PP, your only option is to spend it. Buy something online that has a good resale
value and resell it on craigslist. If you have friends who want to buy stuff online but don't
have / don't want a PP, then offer to be a proxy. They give you cash and you place the
order. If you know someone you trust that has a verified PP, send the money to them and
let them withdraw it to their bank and give you the cash. The possibilities are endless.
3. But Yoko, unverified PP have a spending limit of $0. What do?
This is easily fixed: add a credit card or debit card. It will raise your spending limit to
$2000. That's way more than any of you will ever need. Since you're reading this guide, I'm
assuming you don't have a bank account, and thus no real debit card or credit card. You
have three options. Get a prepaid debit card from a drugstore, buy a virtual credit card, or
buy a virtual bank account. Both the prepaid card and vcc are okay, but the prepaid is
cheaper. I don't recommend a vba and I'll explain why later.
4. Enter the Prepaid Debit Card
You can go to any Walgreens, Riteaid, CVS, Simon Mall, and a bunch of other stores and buy
a non-reloadable prepaid debit card. These are great because they're issued by a bank and
not just the store so they're good anywhere. They are branded Visa, Mastercard, Discover,
American Express, etc. The smallest you can usually get is $20 + $5 fee. First read the
instructions that come with the card on how to register it. Make sure you use the same
address as your Paypal. If it's a Vanilla Visa then make sure it's the same zip code. Then all
you need to do is go to your PP account, add the debit card, and then look at your online
statement to see the "code" that PP sent you. Follow PP's instructions to enter the code, and
voila your PP spending limit is raised to $2000. PP charges $1.95 to your card, but once you
enter the code it deposits it back into your PP. From personal experience, using a Vanilla
Visa gift card to raise the spending limit takes about 10 minutes, much shorter than the 2-3
days PP estimates. Although you need to plunk down ~$25 on the card, you're really only
losing $5 because the other $20 is yours to spend on whatever, wherever.
6. Virtual Credit Card
These work the same way as the prepaid debit cards except they have next to no value on
them. They only have enough to cover the charge from PP. You basically order a VCC, and
your vendor gives you the card details, not a physical card. You enter them into PP and
within a few days your vendor will e-mail you the PP code. In my opinion this isn't as good
as the Vanilla Visa because it's more expensive. Plus there's the risk of getting scammed
because you're adding a third party to this whole mess.
7. Virtual Bank Accounts
I don't like these at all. They work like the VCC's in that you order one and your vendor will
give you the account details to put into PP. Then within a few days the vendor gets back to
you with the numbers PP wants. The only problem is that this account is not yours to keep.
It is closed as soon as you are done verifying your PP. And it doesn't even make you
completely safe from being limited. You will STILL be at risk. Also, since you don't own the
account, you can't withdraw to it. Why spend twice the money if you can't withdraw? Sure
you can withdraw by check, but that's a HUGE red flag to PP that you used someone else's
bank account. Why else would someone request a check that takes forever to mail AND
clear in the bank when wire transfers are much quicker? It's left in there to catch people off
guard. Also, I've seen something troubling. Some unscrupulous VBA vendors have been
opening accounts at Metabank. Metabank is THE biggest issuer of prepaid cards in the USA,
and PP knows this. Any bank account at Metabank used to verify a PP sends a red flag to
their monitoring systems. The way that Metabank accounts are usually opened is through a
reloadable prepaid card. A lot of them come with routing numbers so they can take
ACH/direct deposit payments from employers. So to anybody who doesn't know better they
look like a real bank account. PP will contact Metabank to see if your account is real or just
one on a card. Metabank cards/accounts used to work for verifying PP, but not anymore.
One of tutorials you will see time and time again on the internet is to use Netspend. Don't
do this. Just don't.
7a. Virtual Bank Accounts that come with a Prepaid Card that's NOT with Metabank
However, Metabank isn't the only bank that issues reloadable prepaid cards. There are other
reloadable prepaid cards that come with direct deposit/ACH capabilities. Do your research if
you want to try this. Be forewarned though. They require Social Security Numbers and they
WILL verify if it's real. These can be used to verify your PP AND withdraw from it. Plus, they
work in ATM's if you need cash. Check the fine print of the card to see what bank issues it.
Metabank = bad; Other banks = okay. Examples of Metabank (BAD) cards = Greendot,
8. I've reached my $2000 limit. What do I do?
Make a new PP. Really. Just make a new PP, add a new credit/debit card and you're good to
go. Just make sure before hand that you change your IP, clear your browser's cache and
cookies, and CLEAR YOUR FLASH COOKIES. Better yet, use Flashblock. Why? The PP site
has a hidden flash widget that can be used to store flash cookies on your computer. These
don't get cleared when you clear your browser's cookies. You have to go to
Macromedia'sControl Panel to delete them. If you're making enough money to be spending 2k
online, another $5 for a gift card won't matter much
9. My thoughts on foreign PP
I don't think you should register your PP as from a country different from where your IP
address is. Why? As soon as you start doing any medium-size transactions, it's going to get
limited. There are only two reasons someone would register a foreign PP: they're actually
from that country but are away for a short time OR they're trying to get around PP's
regulations. Once you get limited, you're going to be SOL. You can however get a VPN that
originates from whatever country you want to register it from. However it needs to be a
private/dedicated IP address. If you want to take this risk, you can, but I'm not going to
recommend it. Also, shared IP addresses will flag your account as high-risk. In PP's eyes it
looks like one person is hacking multiple accounts.
Countries where unverified PP can receive AND send money without CC or bank account:
Canada ($3000), Germany (thanks timertrainer), New Zealand
Countries to avoid:
Croatia, Japan
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