Any idea why is using PayPal for donations ?

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at
Wed Jul 13 19:31:58 UTC 2016

On Wed, July 13, 2016 12:20 pm, Chad Leigh Shire.Net LLC wrote:
> 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.

It it were credit card, it would be listed as "pending" transaction, and
will eventually disappear as Chad says. Pretty much the same gasoline
dispensers do in US: before starting pump for you they do this $1
(unfinished) transaction from your credit card, and if you don't pour gas,
you will see this pending $1 transaction for some time, then it disappears
never actually hitting your account.


> Chad
> Sent from my iPhone
>> 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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Valeri Galtsev
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Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
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