Saturday, March 25, 2006

StormPay is Gone...

There have been rumors for some time and now it's official... is Gone -- More or Less.

If you're using StormPay to accept payment on your website, you need to switch to another service right away.

So what's the story?

Well, if you log in to your StormPay account and scroll to the bottom of the page, you'll see a policy change that will rock the foundations of many online business owners.

Basically, as of 2 days ago, StormPay only handles payments for items bought and sold in StormPay Auctions. Yes, StormPay Auctions only -- nothing else. You can no longer accept payments on your website nor can you send or receive any kind of payments outside of StormPay Auctions.

According to their update, they've done this "to insure a safer online experience for both buyers and sellers" and to make sure "that sold items are within StormPay’s acceptable use policies".

This is probably down to StormPay's recent 'complications'. Run a search at for "stormpay autosurf" (without the quotes) to learn more about what's been going on.

Anyway, that seems to be it as far as StormPay is concerned. It's crazy to think that they didn't even contact their users to let them know.

In fact, the policy text itself is hidden away at the bottom of the page under the very happy-clappy title "What's New". Sort of an "Oh, by the way..." thing.

At least they're nice enough to "apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused".

Inconvenience? What inconvenience...!?

By the way, if you want to read the full text to StormPay's minor little policy change, You can view it online here: