And we’re gone … sort of

FYI, this just published on the I Love Mags blog:

As of today, 19th July 2014, it is not possible to pay with credit card anymore. The reason is that our acquiring bank cancelled our contract “for ethical reasons”. They wouldn’t go into details, but it’s not hard to guess that Swedbank is simply anti-gay and anti-art, like so many companies in history.

Our publishing house’s name Entartetes Leben is an over-explicit allusion to Entartete Kunst, the “degenerate art” that the Nazis censored in the 1930s. We chose that name to reflect the fact that there are still artistic expressions that are considered “degenerate” and which are denounced in similar ways. It’s art vs the censorship of art. It’s quite clear on which side Swedbank, Visa and Mastercard are, and where they would be if in 1930s Germany.

Anyway, this means the shop is shutting down. It will still be here and I will for some time accept bank transfers. But this is an option mainly for people in the EU, it’s more complicated for people in the USA, Australia and the rest of the world.

During these six years since 2008, I’ve run the shop as my main business. I’ve replied to support emails very fast (usually within the hour) and shipped items every day. This will change, since I must push this business into the hobby area of my life, while I focus on other things that will provide me with an income. This is hard for me, I must force myself to be less attentive and schedule a weekly slot for I Love Mags order handling and email replying.

So, bottom line: Credit card payments are gone, shop stays as a small hobby business with bank transfer payment and cramped support.