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.
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