Effective immediately, we have permanently divorced ourselves from PayPal. As per our notice on our Terms & Policies page, this neatly sums up the growing unworthiness of PayPal as a trustworthy processor and provider:
~Vampire Ashram Payment Methods~
Vampire Ashram uses Stripe as our payment processor. Stripe offers a more convenient and trustworthy processing platform than PayPal, whose customer service and arrogant policies are unacceptably bad. Over 80% of reviewers on Trust Pilot rated PayPal with a one-star review (as horrible). As such, they would not even qualify to be a storefront on eBay with such ratings. Stripe, on the other hand, provides superior processing and customer support, along with more flexible methods of payment, including direct bank transfer and all major credit cards. They also accept gift cards denominated by credit cards. Stripe also offers a more comprehensive worldwide presence.
For others who have been cheated by PayPal, I encourage you to visit www.screw-paypal.com (The following is taken from their site):
PayPal is great…until they screw you. PayPal unjustly denied me access to my funds for almost FOUR YEARS. After building this website, PayPal gave me my money back. I fought back and WON. Now it’s YOUR TURN…On May 12, 2010, a Class Action Law Suit was filed against PayPal (and eBay) for their acts of freezing your money “without justification, reasonable cause or explanation.” The Lawsuit continues as of September 2011! Still ready to trust PayPal with your money?
Paypal is a monopoly and will screw you because THEY CAN. PayPal makes money off your PayPal problems. PayPal earns MILLIONS of dollars in interest from your frozen funds. Chances are you are here because PayPal is denying you access to your funds (even though you did NOTHING wrong) or because you got scammed and PayPal does not want to help you. Probably, PayPal actually sided with the scammers! Maybe you have experienced:
LIMITED OR FROZEN ACCOUNT
RUDE CUSTOMER SUPPORT BLAMING YOU FOR YOUR PROBLEM
FORCED TO SEND PRIVATE INFORMATION TO PAYPAL AND STILL LOST YOUR APPEAL
BEEN ACCUSED BY PAYPAL OF OUTRAGEOUS CHARGES WITHOUT EVIDENCE
VICTIMIZED BY FRAUD AND PAYPAL BLAMED YOU
BEEN SCAMMED AND PAYPAL SIDED WITH THE SCAMMER
DENIED YOU ACCESS TO YOUR MONEY…EVEN FUNDS NOT IN DISPUTE
- MONEY TAKEN OUT OF YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT, CREDIT CARD OR BANK ACCOUNT WITHOUT PERMISSION
For more info, see the screw-paypal.com site. Vampire Ashram is not affiliated with screw-paypal.com, but is in agreement with the untrustworthness and deceitfulness of PayPal as a provider.
How the increased worldwide presence for Vampire Ashram via Stripe will affect our focus:
The increased exposure to worldwide markets brings with it both opportunities and challenges. Because Vampire Ashram has experienced extremely rapid growth as a site, having expanding into the global marketplace from such countries as Singapore, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, France, western Europe, Germany, the UK and Canada, the increased presence also presents challenges, that of exceeding our sales capacity. Here are the steps that are being taken to insure that the focus and core values as a website remain most prominent:
- The recruitment of a vampire-witch who was blood sired by myself. To date, there are obstacles in place geographically that need to be resolved. She would also be responsible for expanding the social functions of Vampire Ashram as to special events and workshops on issues related to vampyres, for TVs. This option has yet to be worked out, so the time frame and final plans are up in the air at the moment. The recruitment process will continue until the position is filled regardless of the current outcome.
- The reduction or elimination of listings that are subsidiary to the main focus of vampirism: i.e. wealth djinn and others who have no direct ties to vampirism. We no longer offer any demonic services for example, that feature “get my lover back” type of Goetic bindings or spells. Where there is no direct connection to vampirism, said demonic bindings will soon cease altogether.
- The expansion into educational resources. It costs both time and money to produce books that are obviously limited in their audience, and thus highly specialized. And since they are generally not profitable, the funds in escrow from donations will be earmarked to produce them as time allows. Having an associate as outlined above would free up time to produce these resources. While book publication is generally not profitable in the whole, it is critical that those TVs under Lucifera have a better understanding of their own lineage, which is linked to her. Christianism has tainted the Left Hand Path philosophies with its poison and there is a dire need to have more in-depth information.
- Vampire Grimoires: The same is true of vampire grimoires. There is a felt need for a vampire grimoire that is based upon Lucifera’s lineage. The methods of working vampyre-craft are vastly different than other vampire houses and associations.
The change in a financial services provider has already gone into effect. The recruitment for an associate with enough of the ready-made skill sets via a natural occult bloodline are continuing. Lucifera has mandated that her children be well informed, well-trained, and educated. Vampire Ashram will therefore expand with a tighter focus on vampirism, blood sorcery, and all things related thereto. ~By blood and blessings, Lucien Mars