Dear longtime readers, friends, supporters. After more than 8 years I’m shutting down my publishing business as you know it.
To make a long story short, Swedbank has cancelled my credit card contract, which I’ve had with them since 2008. This is probably due to persistent lobbying by Christian fascist org Ecpat, Swedbank only mentioned “ethical” reasons and that my shop had been caught by “two filters independently”. Just to be clear: There was nothing illegal there. But Swedbank apparently has its own anti-gay, anti-art and anti-culture ethics. Though to be fair, they have to follow/interpret/enforce the rules of Visa and Mastercard.
No online business can survive without credit card payments. Neither bank transfer nor bitcoin is a real alternative. In reality, there is a monopoly on online payments. Visa, Mastercard and Paypal dictate what kind of businesses are allowed to exist and not.
And yes, I started looking for other CC payment providers, but it sent me back to 2008 as I once again found myself being turned down by everyone I contacted – for the same fascist “ethical” reasons.
So this is what will happen:
I’ll keep the shop for the time being, and I will accept bank transfers. But all in all, I’m shutting down. I will not reply to emails as quickly as before, and I will not ship daily. More importantly, I will not publish anything more. Another “boy business” bites the dust.
14 July 2014 is the date when credit card payment will stop working. Or so I think at least. If there’s something you want to buy, I recommend to do so as soon as possible.
Who knows, maybe I’ll change my mind in half a year and set up a new shop and find a CC payment solution. Or I might use crowdfunding for a new project. But all of that will be later decisions. As for now, I’m out.
Thank you for these years, it’s been amazing.
And here’s the link to my glorious web shop I Love Mags, I’m so proud of it and its products!