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Along with someone else, I do websites for escorts. Confidentiality is a Big Thing in this market, and one thing that's been useful is taking payments via Amazon gift certificates. You can only spend the money at Amazon, but that's not been any sort of problem.

Their big feature in this context is that they're anonymous: if you don't add a note, there's no clue as to who sent it to your email address...

... until recently, when Amazon have started adding what they think the sender is called, in the same way that PayPal have always done.

I'll probably continue accepting them - my Amazon spend is not zero, cough, and no-one cares about having Amazon appear on bank statements etc - but is there a useful, simple and stable anonymous remote payment method left?

Some people use mobile top-ups, but my mobile spend is zero plus the five or six quid a month for data plus more calls than I use. Bitcoin's lack of stability rules that out, plus there are too many steps involved. PayPal is possible, but I'd prefer something that doesn't do refunds.

This entry was originally posted at http://lovingboth.dreamwidth.org/553677.html, because despite having a permanent account, I have had enough of LJ's current owners trying to be evil. Please comment there using OpenID - comment count unavailable have and if you have an LJ account, you can use it for your OpenID account. Or just join Dreamwidth! It only took a couple of minutes to copy all my entries here to there.

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Interesting - and may postpone the demise of the postal order!
Looking at egift sites, I think it might work if someone bought an Amazon egift cert for themselves, so it would be emailed to their own email, then the voucher code or link could be copied and pasted and sent to you, if the default email from Amazon includes details they don't want to share.

Recently been reading obituaries of Cynthia Payne and her Luncheon Voucher scheme - I'm now wondering if there's a modern version using emailed John Lewis certificates - enabling one to shop in Waitrose!

Someone did that a few months ago, to prove to themselves that the email didn't have any details in it, but I strongly suspect that Amazon will now still invite the redeemer to thank who it thinks the original purchaser is.

The other classic option is a pre-pay debit card, but those tend to come with silly fees.

Well, that's rather a pain. I suppose, not entirely unexpected - the more authoritarian sorts have long sought to dismiss anonymous transactions, and with every terrorist attack, the Flail's call grows stronger, though no more sensible.

It's a very good point, and one I'll have to ponder. I'll see if anyone can suggest options from a future LJ entry; I'll maybe tag that entry f-locked, with no need for global visibility.

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