Paypal sucks.

I wanted to order some electronics parts from a company China and since I am in India I obviously wanted them to be delivered to India. I thought “nice, they support Paypal” when I wanted to pay. But soon I found out it’s not so nice. When trying to pay with may Paypal account I got a message along the lines “you can’t pay with your account if delivery goes to india”. I thought “OK, I try it with my credit card”. But same result. I could accept that if they would give the reason for this restriction, but they do not. Since I am from Switzerland I have a Swiss credit card and a “Swiss” Paypal account. Then I tried to change my address in the Paypal account. But the country cannot be changed. So I contacted Paypal. But their answer was “just add another delivery address in ebay”. WTF? I don’t want to buy from ebay. OK, next try with an Indian credit card of a friend. But now Paypal’s response is that the credit card is not valid. It is valid since it is used all the time. I guess Paypal just does not support “3D Secure” for Indian cards.

Conclusion: Paypal sucks. Don’t use it.

But they are not the only ones having trouble with Indian credit cards with D Secure enabled, Alipay for example also does not work, but it works with my Swiss card :)

2 thoughts on “Paypal sucks.

  1. Yup, being in India sucks sometimes. You need a reason to be able to transfer money out of India to China, even by a bank transfer. I tried :( And stating that you are looking to buy something just isn’t viable for an individual (unless you are willing to run around trying to figure out idiotic rules which aren’t really understood by the people enforcing those rules!). Having a account from a foreign country works, but that isn’t an option for everyone.

    You can sometimes find the parts in India, but you are likely going to get fleeced. Yes, the importers have expenses which they need to cover and then make a little profit but you often get quoted 2-3 times the price of the same product delivered to your door. It’s a mess!

    Hopefully, everything works out fine for you. Enjoy your stay in India :D

    • I can accept that there are laws and rules in India. And like everywhere else some rules are weird and/or unfair.

      But the problem is software which enforces these rules without stating that it is doing so. I can’t accept a “No, don’t do that!”. I want to know the reason. And it is easy to change the software to return a message like “No, don’t do that, look there why.”

      I found some nice electronics shops in India too. As usual you have to compare prices. Some things are inexpensive, some aren’t. But they have a very limited range of products.

      Thank you for your infos, and yes, I enjoy my stay :)
      Martin

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