I needed to set up a PayPal account today. In fact, I already had one. So I resuscitated it and used it to buy what I wanted.
It reminded me that, after several suggestions in the comments, I’ve been meaning to set up a Tip Jar.
So I’ve now got a Beer, Tobacco, and F-type Jaguar Donations button in the right margin. I only need about £60,000 to get an F-type Jaguar. (Did you know that they have three engines in them? Three seems a bit of an strange number. I would have thought that four would have been right. One for each wheel.)
Anyway, I haven’t managed to test it out. I tried using my PayPal account to put some money in it, but it wouldn’t allow me to give any money to myself (Why not?). So I instead tried using my Visa Debit card. Same result.
So if someone feels flush enough to drop a quid or two in it, I’ll be interested to see if it starts collecting.
It seems easy enough to put money into this sort of PayPal account. But I’ve heard that it’s quite difficult to get it out, and, y’know, spend it on beer and tobacco and F-type Jags. In the small print it says:
This button is intended for fundraising. If you are not raising money for a cause, please choose another option. Not-for-profit organisations must verify their status to withdraw the donations they receive. Users that are not verified not-for-profit organisations must demonstrate how their donations will be used, once they raise more than $10,000.
Well, I am raising money for a cause. I’ve been doing the ISIS smokers’ social impact survey, and for that I need beer, tobacco, and an F-type Jag. They are the basic essentials. The tools of the trade.
And I write this blog – which has been described as a ‘public service’.
Maybe I should register as a charity? ASH is registered as a charity, after all, and I bet I do much more good than they do. And furthermore I’m a pretty charitable sort of guy.
I think that Andrew Montford over on Bishop Hill has exactly the same sort of PayPal tip jar as mine. I emailed him about 6 months ago to ask whether he’d had any problems with it, and he said he hadn’t. Perhaps I should ask him whether he’s tried to get any money out of it yet. Or whether anybody’s put any money in it.