Buying Marijuana Seeds with PayPal in 2022
In 2022, internet commerce is king. People go online to buy everything from furniture to clothing, e-books and electronics. They also go online to buy cannabis seeds.
When shopping online, most stores give you a variety of payment methods, from credit cards to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Another popular payment method is PayPal. This leads many cannabis connoisseurs to ask: “Can I use PayPal for marijuana seeds?”
The answer is yes and no. Read on and we’ll explain in more detail.
The Pros of Using PayPal
Why do people love PayPal for online shopping? For one, it’s incredibly convenient. With a single username and password, PayPal gives you the ability to pay through an account that can be linked to your bank account or any credit card. You can also make payments, send, and receive money to and from your PayPal account itself.
The latter option is particularly wonderful for making purchases that you’d prefer not show up on your bank or credit card statements. All you have to do is transfer money from your bank account to your PayPal account. All you’ll see on your bank statement is a PayPal transfer. After that, the purchases you make with the transferred money are confined to PayPal and won’t register on your bank statement at all. Although it’s legal to purchase cannabis seeds in most places, there are various reasons why people may want to maintain their privacy in terms of these sorts of purchases showing up on their bank and credit card accounts – particularly if statements for those accounts are mailed to their homes.
Making purchases this way also affords you dispute resolution if there are any problems with a transaction, as well as purchase protection on anything you buy through PayPal. When it comes to PayPal and marijuana seeds in 2022, many buyers feel that this is a good insurance policy, especially if they’re purchasing from a little-known shop. (We’ll talk more about why that’s a bad idea, however, later in this article.)
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The Down Side of Using PayPal for Cannabis Seeds
Unfortunately, as wonderful, private and convenient as it may sound to buy cannabis seeds with PayPal, in 2022, things have become so complex that it’s not usually possible.
Why? Most of the larger, more reputable seedbanks won’t take PayPal anymore. One reason for this is that PayPal has an acceptable use policy that every user must agree to when they create an account. The policy states that PayPal may not be used to send or receive payments for narcotics, steroids, controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia.
While cannabis seeds aren’t technically considered a “controlled substance” in most places, unfortunately, PayPal gets the discretion to decide what transactions constitute a violation of their rules. This is covered in PayPal’s User Agreement. This means that while a seedbank may operate for years accepting PayPal for seeds, it only takes one transaction to be flagged to potentially derail everything. Shops risk having their payments frozen and their accounts shut down.
For seedbanks that are willing to run the risk of allowing their customers to buy cannabis seeds with PayPal, commissions are very high. In 2022, PayPal charges 2.9% + $0.30 USD per transaction. This sends some online cannabis seed retailers looking for other more affordable ways to sell their product.
Which Shops Accept PayPal for Cannabis Seeds?
Many other smaller shops still do accept PayPal, although they try to be discrete in the way they handle the payments so as to avoid having their accounts flagged. This is covered in PayPal’s User Agreement.