A heads-up re online payment methods for consulting, prototype research products, and website support donations:
For years, I have used Paypal as one of several means via which I have received donations for my informational websites, and also received payment for consulting services and for various prototype research products (sold only to researchers, experimenters and mystics), and also for my spiritual healing work and related services.
I recently learned that Paypal has, for the past 6 months or longer, been engaged in a massive effort to "refine" and improve its brand name, and that it has started to systematically dissociate itself as a payment vendor for any and all websites, persons or vendors offering any services or products in the following realms: alternative health, wholistic health (their term, not mine), alternative health nutritional products, spiritual products (including healing services), energy-related services such as energy healing, and energy-type or spiritual-type water treatment products/devices.
It seems that in the process of doing this, they have been permanently ending their business relationship with a very large number of online vendors and service providers, wherein none of these sites and providers may use Paypal any longer for any transactions.
I learned yesterday morning that Paypal had (rather unexpectedly) decided to turn its sights on me, and I was notified (as have been many other users of Paypal in recent months) that they have closed/limited my Paypal account, and that I can no longer receive funds via this account.
This action hardly constitutes a major bump in the road for me, since I already have numerous other methods of receiving funds from clients, contributors and customers, and will be adding a few more in upcoming weeks, but it was nonetheless a bit of a surprise to me.
My webmaster is in the process of removing all Paypal payment buttons/links from all of my websites, and is also in the process of creating just a few centralized payment/donation pages that will serve all of my websites, and these centralized payment/donation pages will list a number of methods for payment, including online payment services that accept credit card, debit card and electronic checks. In the short term, I apologize for any minor inconveniences that this temporary shift may cause!