Our customers should know that we are having problems processing payments with PayPal, eBay’s wholly-owned electronic payment subsidiary.
A week ago we sold a pre-Castro Cuba item on eBay. This prompted an official query from PayPal which is very aggressively helping the USA “Office of Foreign Asset Control” which tries to ensure that no funds go to terrorist and anti-American organizations.
Earlier this week we spent hours on eBay delisting EVERY item from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria & Sudan. When a European customer attempted to pay for a 1962 North Korea topical set that we had listed on Delcampe, we learned that our PayPal account has been suspended because “You may be buying or selling goods or services that are regulated or prohibited by the US government.” We have therefore found it necessary to remove our listings on all of the other external sites we use as well, since we accept Paypal payments from them.
We have spoken with PayPal and this suspension should be lifted soon.
One problem is that while eBay’s robots are sometimes sophisticated enough to distinguish, for example, pre-Castro and post-Castro, PayPal comes under greater scrutiny from the US government as it represents the transaction point where goods are actually acquired and money exchanged.
Plainly, the intent of the embargo legislation is to restrict trade with current regimes in order to apply economic pressure. Including stamps issued historically from countries that have a long colonial history, or were once friendly trading partners, seems overzealous. American customers might want to contact their congressperson or senator to point out the lack of logic in this legislation. We are nevertheless attuned to the reality of political decisions so have complied with all rulings and continue to appeal to common sense in our communications with Paypal and eBay.
In the meantime, we are still able to sell all of our inventory from these countries here on our site. You can find our stock from Burma, Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria by clicking on them. We accept cash, cheque (US$ or CD$), Visa or Mastercard.
-Ian Kimmerly Stamps