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Ragtimelil
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on 05/28/2012

Another off topic question.

I used to have a paypal donate button on my web site. I removed it when I heard that you can get into trouble with paypal for using it unless you are a registered non profit. I still see people using it. Just wondered if anyone knows if this is true or not?

 


Lana or LIl aka Ragtimelil RagtimeLil's Store on Weebly
frugalrvers
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on 05/28/2012

I am so glad you posted this!!

I don't have the answer, but I think you are right!!

I have to ask you...you said you used to have a donation button up. I put mine up when my blog got going because other "help" blogs (whether rv, seo training tips, etc) all had one and I thought it was a great idea.

However, I am "Dudley Do-Right" by nature and, after visiting Paypal's site after your post, it seems their lingo has changed? I would have absolutely noticed their stating for 501C3s (spent most of my career mode working for non-profits).

Do you think this changed since you first set it up, because I know I never would have when reading "this is for nonprofits" etc.

Anyway, they seem a bit wishy-washy because they are all too happy to take their fees out of the donations, whether you are a nonprofit or not. They mention a limit about $10K etc., too. Plus, as I stated, I only got the idea because other blogs I follow use that button for "If you found my tips helpful, consider donating...."

It is not a big deal to me and I will absolutely take it down in the near future, but I am curious as to what others know about this.

I feel certain that their site, when creating a button, is using different wording now.

Also, they could EASILY gear this to only nonprofits by forcing them to enter their nonprofit info when creating the button. Hmmmm....why wouldn't they? Again, many sites use these...if they couldn't get money from it, they wouldn't have it on their blogs.

Thanks for bringing this up...I look forward to hearing from others...


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Ragtimelil
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on 05/28/2012

I think you're right - It seems to have changed. From what I understand now, you have to be approved to accept donations as a charity. But anyone can accept donations for their own cause. I hope I didn't worry you. I think I'll put my button back on! I could use a dollar or two!

Love your blog!


Lana or LIl aka Ragtimelil RagtimeLil's Store on Weebly
frugalrvers
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on 05/28/2012

Thanks, Lil!

No...you only worried me in a good way! We need to look out for each other! Things change and innocent mistakes can be made that result in bad consequences.I truly appreciate your bringing it up.

I've been working on a Zazzle store (a few of them, actually) but one is just our logo on different items, from a couple of buck items to $30 products. It is almost "done" and I'm thinking of replacing the Paypal button with the same idea in that same widget "support this blog" - but where they would get something instead (a little rv logo pin, bumper sticker, etc.).

Will let you know if I go ahead and make the switch...and if it does any good, of course!


In 2009 we sold everything and hit the road! Follow us on our blog at Cheap RV Living
Ragtimelil
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on 05/29/2012

Let me know when you try a new widget. I'm always looking for new stuff.

And thanks for the tip about RedGage. I've already made 4 cents!!!!! That's the first money I've made online! Yippee. But today I can't upload anything.


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