Before I start, I want to say I have no affiliation with Venmo and there are no personal gains from me posting this.
So for a long time, Nerfers have used Paypal for electronic payments to move goods back and forth, myself included. The problem with paypal (in my experience) is that people who have never used it before often make mistakes and send payments that have fees attached for the seller. This can be a hassle in many cases, as it takes longer to complete a transaction. Furthermore, it can take awhile to set up and "verify" yourself on Paypal. I had to send in scanned copies of my drivers license and birth certificate or something in order to verify my identity. I'm not sure if they still do this, but I remember it being a pain in the rear.
Recently, I discovered a site called Venmo that my friends had been using. It is a bit easier than paypal and has NO FEES (when using a debit card or bank transfer, credit cards are 3%). There is no room for error in sending money and accidentally having fees attached. Transactions are just as fast or faster than Paypal, and it has a "social media" type aspect to it as well where you "add friends". The purpose of the website/app is if a group of friends order a pizza, one person pays with a debit card, then the others can easily pay him/her back completely electronically. No rounding up when splitting seven ways, no dealing with coins, etc. I think this would be a super easy and safe way to do sales transactions in the nerfing community online and at wars. No need to bring a bunch of cash with you, have change for a $20, etc... just bring your smartphone (you can do with with paypal, too, but again... there may be fee charges if you aren't careful)
I'm kind of on my way out when it comes to Nerfing (for now), so I won't see much benefit from this myself, but I hope others will! Please feel free to comment on what you think. I'm sorry if this is considered a "plug", but I honestly think it's something that we should start doing as a community.
TL;DR - Paypal can be difficult to sign up for and have accidental fee charges if you click the wrong button. Venmo is easier and doesn't have the fee charges. Otherwise, both are basically the same functionality wise.
Bchamp22795Member Since 28 Oct 2010
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