Though I have been using Paypal for over 2-decades I only heard about ‘Venmo’ a couple of days ago — when I had to put down a deposit for our new puppy (who as of today has a name (viz., ‘Rowen’)). The breeder ONLY deals in Venmo.
First thing I discovered was that Paypal OWNS Venmo. Good. I am glad.
I have been a Paypal shareholder since day 1 of their ‘IPO’ (or to be precise split from eBay).
I could NOT pay the breeder via Paypal.
Paypal does NOT recognize the Venmo userID. That is crazy. That is stupid.
I had to install Venmo on my phone in order to send the money. I was NOT amused.
I have always hated faxes with a vengeance. Such a pain. I was so thrilled when e-mails started to supplant bloody faxes. But, as some of you know, doctors insist on using faxes citing HIPAA compliance etc.
Well, I had to send a fax last night — yes, to my eye doctor.
We used to subscribe, many, many years ago to a fax service. I couldn’t even remember its name.
I wanted a Web-based service. FaxZero came up. It was FREE so I gave it a spin.
It worked. It even provides delivery confirmation. No messing around. Quite professional. I was so happy & impressed that I gave them a TIP via PayPal. They earned it.
Just wanted to let you know. Next time you need to send a fax try them out. I am sure that you will NOT be dissapointed. I wasn’t.
I have learned from experience, good rather than bad, that it is always best to embrace Elon Musk rather than better against him. Yes, I talk as one lucky enough to have owned PayPal stock from day one. I had been invested in eBay for decades. So, when the PayPal spin-off came I automatically got PP shares. Since then I have sold most of my eBay and bought PayPal. That is how I realized that Elon Musk can make you money.
Two (maybe three) years ago I bought a FEW (and I truly mean) FEW shares of Tesla for $240. It was an expensive and risky stock. I held on to my few shares through thick-and-thin. I just wish I had bought more, but I never complain. If you make money, it is always a good thing. There is no point worrying about the money you didn’t make. Just enjoy and be pleased with what you did make.
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Obi110/100: Continuing To Use ‘Google Voice’ With The $6 ‘Simon Telephonics’ ‘Google Voice Gateway’ (GVGW) Fix.
My ‘Google Voice‘ outbound service on the OBi110 stopped working this morning. Since OBi had screwed us before with Google Voice I kind of figured out, quite quickly, that this most likely was a software issue.
Did a few Google searches and LUCKILY stumbled upon the ‘Simon’ post, at the OBiTalk Forum, referenced above. A $6 FIX! I was skeptical since there were some bad reviews too. I was also worried that I might not be able to get it to work. But, $6 — on PayPal. Was worth a try.
IT WORKED — to my delight and relief.
The PayPal part was fine. No problems.
It took a FEW — nerve wracking — minutes, with multiple saves, browser refreshes and one cycling of power on the OBi110 before it took hold. Once it did, it was FINE.
What have you got to lose? $6?
I just hope this works for a few months.
Thank YOU, Simon.
You saved my day.
by Anura Guruge
That I did NOT buy the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 from Amazon, in my little (fairly insignificant) world is pretty dramatic and drastic. It is akin to me saying I have given up red wine for life or that I went to see a priest about becoming Catholic. Or maybe, horrors of horrors I decided to renege on my commitment to donate my body to science. Yes, it was a HUGE ‘about-turn’ on my part.
I love Amazon. My emotional and financial investment in Amazon is HUGE. I published my last 10 books (if not more) EXCLUSIVELY with Amazon. All my books are listed on Amazon. I am an Amazon Prime Member. I am an Amazon Associate. I have an Amazon Vendor account. I do MOST of my purchasing on Amazon. Typically a week does not go by without me getting something from Amazon. And then there is my financial stake in Amazon. Lets just say that I have more equity in Amazon shares than I have in ANYTHING else in the world — and that includes our (rather modest and unprepossessing) house. Yes, it is all relative ….
I bought the star-crossed Sony a77 mk II from Amazon. Since I was getting a FULL REFUND on that I could easily have got the Lumix FZ1000 from Amazon.
But I didn’t.
1/ Amazon would not have fulfilled the camera order themselves — it would have come from another, third-party camera dealer (as was the case with the Sony — which came from Cameta Camera).
2/ There were TOO MANY NEGATIVE comments on Amazon of people getting ‘used’ FZ1000 or those without a U.S. warranty.
3/ Amazon’s price was the same as that from BuyDig and I could get MORE from BuyDig BEFORE I applied a $15 discount.
4/ BuyDig was offering a FREE 3 year Panasonic Warranty (precluding me from having to think about buying extended coverage, other than for accidents).
So I got it from BuyDig. This was probably the fourth or fifth camera I have bought from them. They are Beach Camera under another name. They are good.
They offered, as you can see above, two different bundles for the SAME price as the BASE FZ1000. I got the bundle that had the MOST ITEMS. Smile. Like I always say, “I am not totally stupid, just partially”. I needed a SDHC card (because I had to return one with the Sony) and I needed some filters. The additional battery and charger were a bonus. I ordered a Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) separately. I trust Wasabi. So for the SAME PRICE as Amazon I was getting more, a discount and FREE shipping. And the camera arrived Tuesday morning, by FedEx, at 8:30am! Good deal. With BuyDig I had at least 3 options by which to pay for the camera. One was via Amazon! That was wild. But, I didn’t chose that — though that would have been a neat ‘best-of-all-worlds’ compromise. Instead I opted to go with PayPal — where among other things I instantly get 0% APR credit. Plus, I own PayPal shares too! Nothing like my holding in Amazon, but I am, nonetheless a shareholder of PayPal, from DAY 1. Plus by going with PayPal I have their ‘protection’ too, in addition to BuyDigs promises. Plus with BuyDig you also get Google ‘protection’. So it is like having belt-and-braces on top of what BuyDig promises.
The camera bag, as was the case with Cameta and the Sony a77, was ridiculously SMALL. Take a look. I didn’t even dare put the FZ1000 in it. It might have been a very snug fit BUT I doubt whether I could have got my fingers around the camera without scraping them each time. I knew the bag would be a joke. I just gave it to Tesichan so that she can use it to carry doll stuff. I had a new bag that I had got for the Sony.
A few more pictures with the FZ1000.
Click to ENLARGE.
by Anura Guruge
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The PayPal spinoff from eBay takes place at ‘midnight’ this Friday, July 17, 2015. But the ‘ex-div’ date is July 20.
So you can still buy eBay shares TODAY, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, and get the PayPal spinoff — PYPLV.
PYPLV is ‘trading’ now BUT there are NO shares available. So you are essentially pre-buying the shares!
I owned a few eBay from years back. So I will get some PYPLV on Monday whether I want them or not. I want them. I actually just bought a couple more eBay shares. Way I see it, it is the best way to get into PYPLV.
The split on Monday will be ‘dollar-for-dollar’. Both eBay and PYPLV are trading. So if eBay on Monday is $66 and PYPLV is at $34 — after the split PYPLV will remain (for a few nanoseconds) at $34 and eBay will start off at $32. Essentially OLD $eBay = NEW $eBay + $PYPLV. Got that?
Online Shopping On ‘Payless’ Website — Reminded Me Of ‘Healthcare.gov’! No PayPal. Duplicate Data Entry. Doesn’t Do What It Is Supposed To.
.by Anura Guruge
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I do, without fail, all of my Christmas shopping (and for that matter 98% of all my non-grocery purchases) online.
I am nearly done with the kids. They are easy. Just stuff for Deanna, and that is never easy.
This evening she told me she wanted some boots from Payless and sent me a ‘wish list’.
I had never even seen the Payless Website before though I do buy shoes from their stores occasionally.
The stuff was easy enough to find.
It was the checkout that drove me nuts.
They don’t accept PayPal.
To me that is unacceptable.
PayPal is the universal Web currency.
I love PayPal.
I have used PayPal for 12 or 13 years —
from more or less when eBay started accepting PayPal.
Checkout with PayPal is so easy.
But, since I couldn’t get these boots anywhere else — I had no choice.
So, now I need to type in shipping address etc. etc.
No button to say Billing Address is same as Shipping Address.
So more typing.
I resented it.
On every page it says FREE SHIPPING on Cyber Monday.
Well, I couldn’t get the damn free shipping.
Deanna sent them an e-mail complaining about it.
I just paid the $6 shipping just to get the hell out of that site.
So, just a heads up.
Last few days I have used Amazon, Walmart and eBay in anger.
I typically only shop Walmart online at Christmas.
I am an habitual Amazon and eBay shopper.
But, Amazon, Walmart and eBay were exceptional the last few days.
A pleasure to part money to them.
I will Paymore to avoid the hassle.
So I will not be going to Payless again, unless Deanna wants more boots.