PayPal Halts Service In Turkey Over Licensing Issues

PayPal Halts Service In Turkey Over Licensing Issues

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PayPal has decided to no longer offer their services in Turkey because the company could not get the necessary license from the local authorities. If even payment giants like PayPal are facing regulatory scrutiny, perhaps it is time for a change.

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The news about PayPal no longer being available in Turkey took a lot of people by surprise. In fact, no one saw this decision coming, leaving a lot of business and enterprises wondering which online payment method they should use next. After all, PayPal is one of the most commonly accepted global payment methods in the world.

Licensing Issues Force The Hand of PayPal

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PayPal is a US-based company which is trying to set up local “chapters’ in every country where they serve customers. In Turkey, that has always been an uphill battle, as the company has repeatedly filed for the proper licensing. Turkish authority officials have stubbornly refused to grant this operation license to the enterprise, although they never gave a specific reason as to why not.

Similar to most other countries in the world, Turkey has an authority in charge of licensing and regulating banking and payments systems. The BDDK keeps tabs on both electronic and traditional platforms. Despite PayPal being available in Turkey for quite some time, these institutions have never seen eye-to-eye.

As a result of this decision, Turkish users will no longer be able to send or receive funds as of June 6, 2016. All of the account balances will need to be transferred to a linked bank account before that date. While this situation is very inconvenient for all parties involved, PayPal Turkey will continue their quest to get the license.

For those consumers and enterprises looking for a viable replacement, look no further than Bitcoin. This cryptocurrency is globally accepted, and can be converted to and from nearly every currency in the world. With far lower fees, and no central authority being able to shut down Bitcoin, it is by far the most superior solution for sending and receiving payments today.

What are your thoughts on this service no longer being available in Turkey? Will people flock to Bitcoin now? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: PP TR

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Jp Buntinx

Jp Buntinx

JP Buntinx is a freelance Bitcoin writer and Bitcoin journalist for various digital currency news outlets around the world. In other notes, Jean-Pierre is an active member of the Belgian Bitcoin Association, and occasionally attends various Bitcoin Meetups in Ghent and Brussels

  • Did someone mention PayPal?

    Notwithstanding the otherwise constant stream of disingenuous and delusional nonsense that flows from eBay/PayPal, the share price history of these two clunky operators demonstrates the reality:

    Aug 2007: (pre John Donahoe) EBAY ~$40; AMZN ~$40;
    Jul 2015 (pre eBay-PayPal split): EBAY ~$66; AMZN ~$480;
    Jul 2015 (post-split): EBAY ~$28; PYPL ~$37; AMZN ~$530;
    Currently: EBAY ~$24; PYPL ~$38; AMZN ~$715—LOL …

    PayPal is standing still, and eBay has for years been effectively going backwards—at a steady rate of knots.

    Notwithstanding the “spin-off” of PayPal from eBay, eBay and “PreyPal” remain effectively joined at the hip—for at least the next five years—and anyone that thinks otherwise is simply uninformed; and, thanks to a continuation of most of the destructive policies introduced over the eight year reign (2007–2015) of the “Pain from Bain”, John Joseph Donahoe II, the eBay marketplace is continuing on its slow journey down the toilet; nevertheless, during Johnny Ho’s occupation of the eBay corner office, this cretin and his gang of hand-picked Keystone Kops still managed to obtain for themselves massive, unearned, “performance” bonuses—while the company’s “long” shareholders received not one penny.

    PayPal is a clunky, non-bank-licensed, non-deposit-insured, virtually non-regulated, “pretend” bank; a higher fee-charging payments intermediary that, in the main, rides on the back of the world’s banks’ existing payments systems, with no formal agreement with those banks other than PayPal’s operating of a credit card merchant account facility with, and the making of direct debits/credits on some users’ bank accounts via, one of those real banks.

    PayPal is, in its own words, “a merchant of sorts”; it is not a licensed “bank”; virtually everything that “PreyPal” does is done via “marketing” arrangements with licensed financial institutions—for example, look for the identity of the actual credit provider (in the micro print) on their credit providing instruments.

    Merchants’ funds received via “PreyPal” are at risk of being subjected to lengthy arbitrary holds; funds left “on deposit” with PayPal are not FDIC deposit-insured. Even more perilous (for PayPal’s shareholders), the great majority of PayPal’s business originates from its (still) effectively mandated place on the eBay marketplace, so it logically follows that—with the destructive Johnny Ho-Ho-Ho now sitting at the head of the PayPal boardroom table—”PreyPal” will undoubtedly be accompanying eBay on its journey to the sewage farm.

    The reality is, PayPal’s parasitic, higher fee-charging payments operation has little long-term future—outside of its mandated place on the atrophying eBay marketplace—now that professional online/mobile payments offerings from MasterCard (“MasterPass”) and Visa (“Visa Checkout”) are available to any online merchant that has (or can obtain) a credit card merchant account with a real bank.

    With respect particularly to “mobile” payments, notwithstanding Apple Pay’s disappointing initial showing, methinks Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay, “MasterPass”, and “Visa Checkout”, that is, those entities that have formal relationships with the world’s retail banks and MasterCard/Visa, will soon enough bury PayPal’s parasitic operation.

    PayPal users should never give PayPal an authority to direct debit their bank accounts; PayPal should only ever be given access to funds via a real-bank credit card account; that way your credit card-issuing bank will be the final arbiter of any transaction dispute; further, by using PayPal you forego the usual statutory protections that apply to credit card transactions. Conversely, sellers should never accept payment via PayPal for goods that are going to be picked up by the buyer; PayPal offers sellers zero protection from scammers in such circumstances.

    In May 2015, PayPal was fined $10 million over its “Bill Me Later” service, in part for unfairly charging some customers deferred-interest fees. The company was also required to return $15 million to consumers who used the service, which is now called PayPal Credit.

    PayPal’s one-time adoptive parent, eBay, is likely the most unscrupulous commercial entity operating on this planet; but, have no fear, eBay is an equal-opportunity fraudster; demonstrably, they will knowingly aid and abet the defrauding of buyers by unscrupulous eBay merchants who bid on their own auctions, and, conversely, of honest sellers by unscrupulous buyers—as long as there is a financial benefit in such fraud for eBay.

    And if anyone thinks that the clunky “PreyPal” is any more scrupulous than eBay—given their equally poor customer service and lack of any mediation of transaction disputes by human beings, which effectively results in a hard-wired bias towards buyers/payers that they now necessarily have to pander to—good luck to all you small online merchants who may get burned in the process.

    For a detailed analysis of the ugly reality of eBay’s demonstrable, calculated, facilitation of endemic shill bidding fraud on consumers on its auctions marketplace—Google “Shill Bidding on eBay: Case Study #5″

    Goodbye clunky PayPal—it’s not been nice knowing you—Google “Retail Payments: The Reality”, and …

  • rjf

    Wow! When did PayPal fire you? You are a disgruntled former employee right?

  • No, and sorry to disappoint you; just supplying an opinion and some facts about PayPal …