Well, it might be green, but to me it’s an act of coercion. Here’s today’s rant, folks…
I tried to login to my PayPal account today, but was redirected to a message that is basically threatening me with closure of my PayPal accounts unless I agree to their new electronic communication delivery policy. This is just the height of arrogance. I’ve had a couple of my banks and credit card companies offer me this option, but at least with them, it was an option; not so with PayPal, it seems.
I always decline paperless, because to me, the Internet is not an integral home utility like phone, water, and electricity. Any day may come when I can no longer pay my ISP bill. If that happens, I’ll no longer have access to the Internet. How would I get my communications and pay my bills then? No thanks. Paperless is bovine feces.
These companies aren’t saving trees. They’re just shifting the burden of hard copy on us to save themselves a few bucks. We have to print the stuff out for our records. PayPal even warns that you should print communications between them and you for your records because they do not intend to have it cluttering their servers forever.
You may print or save a copy of these Communications for your records as they may not be accessible online at a later date. (Emphasis mine)
Ain’t this just grand? So, what’s the alternative? Google Checkout. Pffft… yeah, right. PayPal has us where they want us and they know it. Up until logging into today, I loved PayPal and recommended their services to everyone I know. I’m not so sure now. This doesn’t make me happy with them. I’ll tell you that much.
I did not agree to their terms at this time. They claim they will continue to remind me from time to time until January of 2012, at which point I will no longer have access to my accounts unless I agree to their paperless (for them) policy. There oughta’ be a law…