Looks like they're crapping themselves. This is completely a business decision, they're abusing their position to stamp out competition.
Just got this email from Paypal since I had in-hand actual Bitcoin miners for sale on eBay:
Hello [name removed],
We have reviewed your PayPal account and found that you are selling bitcoin mining machines. Per our current Acceptable Use Policy for Money Service Businesses, PayPal may not be used to operate a currency exchange, bureau de change or check cashing business including the sale of bitcoins, bitcoin mining units, and other related bitcoin products.
To continue using your PayPal account, we need some additional information from you. Keep in mind that we have placed a limitation on your PayPal account, and this limitation will remain until we receive and review this information. Please provide us with the following:
• A brief affidavit stating that you understand and will comply with PayPal's terms and conditions. • The type of payments you will send and receive, including the type of goods or services you will accept payments for in the future.
Below you will find suggested affidavit language. Please make sure that the requested affidavit is signed and notarized.
I the undersigned do affirm that I understand and will comply with PayPal's policy regarding the use of PayPal Accounts to sell e-currency, such as bitcoins, bitcoin mining units, and other related bitcoin products. I understand that PayPal may not be used to sell e-currency, such as bitcoins, bitcoin mining units, and other related bitcoin products. I further affirm that any further detected violation of the policy may result in the immediate closure of, or restriction to access to the account.
Please log in to your account and go to the Resolution Center to find out what you need to do. Your account will remain limited until the issue is resolved.
Additionally, in the future, if we find that your account is selling bitcoin products, we will need to sever our business relationship with you.
We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for choosing PayPal as your business partner.
Sincerely, Mike PayPal Compliance Department PayPal, an eBay Company
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