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Top 10 alternatives to supporting Trump through PayPal

If you feel like boycotting PayPal (kind of like we do), here are 10 online money transfer alternatives to check out!

PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel will be donating $1.25 million to Donald Trump’s campaign, and we’re not very happy about it. Thiel has supported Trump since before the Republican National Convention (where he was invited to speak).

We’re okay with him having political opinions of his own, but supporting Trump has come to mean something much more than simple politics. Plus, we’re super not okay with the fact that the millions he’s donating likely came from the success of PayPal–a website that many of us use all the time.

Though Thiel is no longer actively involved with PayPal, we’re not so happy that the well-known co-founder felt justified in using a fortune he accrued from individuals with different political views to support such a problematic candidate. Five, five hundred, even five thousand dollars would have been one thing. But, $1.25 million clearly came from the success of PayPal, from the transaction fees and service costs paid by people across the world.

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But what’s one person going to do against a billionaire? The least we’d like to do is stop using PayPal, Thiel’s businesses clearly don’t need our support if he’s going to use that money to support sexist, racist, anti-immigrant candidates. He might not be making money off of PayPal anymore, but we’d love to send a (not-so-friendly) reminder that making massive donations to Super PACs is not cool. We’d love to remind businesses that they don’t have a monopoly on their industry. That if they make poor political choices, we can opt out. But are there any online payment services besides PayPal? Fortunately, yes.

If you feel like boycotting PayPal (like we do after this week), here are 10 online money transfer alternatives you should definitely check out!

1. Braintree

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Any Bostonians out there? Well, we promise, it’s not that kind of Braintree.

Braintree Payments is an online payment service that’s grown popular among small business owners and crafters who sell products on the Interweb. You’ll need some basic computer science background to get Braintree up and running if you have a personal or business website, but it’s a super cool alternative.

The thing to know about Braintree, like Venmo and many other online payment options, is that it was purchased by PayPal back in 2013. (They’ve definitely got a hold on the industry.) That’s long after Thiel left the company (so you can be guaranteed that your dollars didn’t go to him), but it’s totally understandable if you feel like boycotting them too.

2. Google Wallet

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Google Wallet is basically a wallet (minus the wallet part). It’s an awesome way to store your credit and debit cards and pay your bills from your phone. As far as we’re concerned, any app that will let you make payments with just your smartphone is pretty fabulous.

Just a heads up though, Google Wallet only works in the U.S. So it’s a great option for you Americans, but not so great if you live out of the country.

3. Skrill

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If you’re looking for a payment option that works worldwide, Skrill is where it’s at. All you need to do is set up an account and then you can send money to any user in the world. (If you’ve heard of Moneybookers, it’s the same thing, just a new name.) 

4. Apple Pay

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Like Google Wallet, Apple Pay stores your credit and debit cards on your phone for quick and easy access. Whether you use Apple Pay or Google Wallet is really just a matter of personal preference (they’re pretty comparable). But, if you’re a Mac user, Apple Pay is definitely a smart option if you plan on making purchases from your laptop as well as your phone.

5. Payoneer

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Payoneer is an awesome option for sending money pretty much anywhere in the world for more professional payments. It’s particularly popular among freelancers and is used by many freelance networks. Plus, it comes with a prepaid credit card that you can activate with money from your account.

6. Amazon Payments

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Let’s face it, we already buy everything from Amazon these days (sorry college bookstore). So, if you’re totally addicted, check out Amazon Payments for shopping online or receiving payments.

Again, it’s only available to U.S. users, but it’s got a nice limit before transaction fees kick in and it’s super intuitive if you already use Amazon.

7. Payza

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BeeBom.com

Another global option, Payza (formerly AlertPay) works great for both individuals and businesses. Check it out for online shopping, especially if you run a small business and want your customers to be able to make easy online payments.

8. WePay

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If you’re a little more tech-savvy, try adding WePay‘s API to your website. Though it takes a little more computer know-how to get up-and-running, WePay will let users pay directly from your website and it accepts most international cards.

9. Dwolla

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BeeBom.com

Dwolla is another cool way to send and receive online payments (within the US). It’s coolest features are definitely that you can send money to people through their Twitter addresses, LinkedIn profiles, and other social media accounts (woah, there). Plus, Dwolla has an awesome system called MassPay that can process thousands of payments.

10. Selz

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Are you a blogger or jewelry-maker? Artist or print maker? Whatever your trade, Selz is a great way to sell your products from a personal blog or website. If you use WordPress, Selz has an easy plug-in that you can download straight to your website and no matter what your users will never have to leave your website. 

The next time a company like PayPal tells you they’re going to make a political statement that you disagree with with your money, keep these alternatives in mind. No matter how popular a website, there’s always an alternative. And you can always choose who you’ll continue to support.