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In Topic: A better alternative to Paypal

23 July 2014 - 10:59 PM

The problem with Venmo is that, as far as I know, both parties need an account in order to transfer funds, especially at the lower rate.

I have been using it on and off and now I prefer https://ribbon.co/ (not sure if just anyone can sign up, I got early access). Ribbon lets you pay people even if you don't have an account at standard rate for credit cards and free with debit or bank. You can also pay someone else with Ribbon and the other person doesn't need an account to accept money.

That looks great as well! After reading the FAQ, it says there are limited account spaces and there is a waiting list to get accounts.

In Topic: A better alternative to Paypal

23 July 2014 - 05:36 PM

A small con I just found is that venmo does not do international payments.

Venmo currently makes money by getting companies to accept venmo payments (similar to paypal, google wallet, etc in select places) and charging the company like credit card companies would charge a company. Not like paypal that charges all merchants, but rather only charging a company that approaches them or that they approach to contract the service (so our sales shouldn't be a problem)

The main idea behind venmo is that it is for friends to exchange money, not for merchant transactions. So the default is fee-less, rather than paypal which is the exact opposite.

Venmo doesn't have any debit card features. I happen to pay my rent to my apartment complex using venmo, but that is because my apartment complex has an email address and I send it to them, just as one would paypal.

Edit: Just found this link saying that venmo is backed by the FDIC and Wells Fargo. The only complaint I've heard about venmo is that they can freeze your funds if you are linked to fraudulent activity (e.g. accept stolen money), but that is the exact same thing paypal and every bank in america does.

Edit2: Also found this link which mentions how venmo has made a lot of its money through being acquired by a larger company, Braintree.

Edit3: Found out Braintree was acquired by Paypal in December. So it looks like Venmo was acquired by Paypal (which is owned by Ebay).

In Topic: Mayhem 3.5

19 July 2014 - 05:40 PM

Good to hear that you guys can come!

A reminder to everyone, the war is one week away, so prepare accordingly! Bring money for pizza/lunch....and to buy my stuff.

In Topic: Mayhem 3.5

09 July 2014 - 10:02 AM

Just got confirmation that my friend with a pretty large garage is coming. In the event of rain or poor conditions, meet at the park and we will caravan to the rain location. I will also post the address here if it comes to that. I've held many nerf wars there in the past, and it will be pretty comfortable to use your primaries in.

In Topic: Question about NF Rifle plunger rod

02 July 2014 - 09:46 PM

I'm ALWAYS going to argue against aluminum use for plunger rods, catches, and triggers. Aluminum will eat eanything else it comes in to contact with, especially plastics, even itself. Lubrication helps, but doesn't eliminate the problem. Polishing helps, but only for a limited time. Beside that, it has a higher density than almost any plastic, and ALL plastics we normally would use, which WILL reduce performance.

It's true. Don't use aluminum if you don't have the equipment to machine it properly with clean, smooth edges that won't cut into plastic. If you do it well, it shouldn't be a problem, so I take back my previous statement.

Just get Nylon. Don't get aluminum because it doesn't sound like you have any experience with it.