|Create your own online store in 60 seconds|
Thursday, 15 April 2010 11:55
A new, award-winning Web service called Tinypay.me is enabling anyone, anywhere in the world to set up their own virtual shop and globally hawk physical or digital goods.
No account is required. Users simply fill out the form on the Tinypay.me site indicating which products they would like to sell, name their price, upload pictures of their wares, and even geotag their location. Users can also donate a portion of their sales to charity if they so desire.
Tinypay.me then creates a unique page for each product which can automatically be shared across all social platforms so that your Facebook friends and Twitter followers can put their money where their mouths are and support you in your entrepreneurial endeavours. Users can also embed the link on their own Web sites or blogs.
Just one thing, since all the payments on Tinypay.me are handled via PayPal, Tinypay.me users in South Africa will have to be FNB customers to receive payments. According to Tinypay.me’s Community Manager, Richard Straver, South Africans can’t currently price their wares in rand, as it is not yet supported by the new PayPal API. “We hope they will support it soon. Once they do, anyone can immediately use this currency on Tinypay.me.”
We also asked Straver what – if any – goods or services are prohibited from being sold on Tinypay.me. Would they, for example, frown upon users who use the service as a type of tip jar? Like the American blogger-turned-published author Karyn Bosnak. Years ago, Bosnak posted an ad on her local Craigslist site asking users for donations so that she could pay off her debt, only to have her request promptly axed by Craigslist.
Straver replies: “Actually we would support anyone using Tinypay.me in such a manner. We only ban and prohibit the sale of narcotics, gambling and other illegal activities.”
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