Any idea why is using PayPal for donations ?

Chad Leigh Shire.Net LLC chad at
Wed Jul 13 18:00:45 UTC 2016

No. You get the $1 back.  They don't complete or confirm or close it.  It is just an authorization.  They do it to make sure the card data is valid, for better or worse.  

I don't like PP either, I agree with you there.  But the $1 authorization will fall off your card eventually when the authorization expires.   


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> On Jul 13, 2016, at 10:34 AM, Manish Jain <bourne.identity at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I yesterday made a very small donation of USD 10 to FreeBSD via my 
> credit card. The amount is trifling, by all standards, but it made me 
> happy. But I was mighty unhappy that FreeBSD donations at 
> are now crafted by PayPal. In my opinion, PayPal is a bunch of thugs who 
> charge 2x for everything they do.
> For making my donation, PayPal first set up a 'handshake' transaction of 
> USD 1. I had no option but to accept that transaction too. So I ended up 
> donating USD 10 to FreeBSD, and USD 1 to PayPal. As much as I want to 
> donate to FreeBSD, I also want that none of my money ends up as booty 
> with PayPal, a company I absolutely hate for its business model, 
> practice and internal work ethos (I have worked at PayPal for 6 months 
> to know how bad things are at PayPal).
> The way the system works, I can't reclaim my USD 1 that now enriches 
> PayPal accounts.
> -- 
> Regards
> Manish Jain
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