Due to the sudden change in Paypal policy, all personal payments were reversed from Paypal India user accounts. This affected a lots of people including bloggers, webmasters, online vendors or even personal users as the reversed transaction were least expected to come back, and to make the matter worse Paypal did not come forward either to apologize or to make an official statement. Finally a post on Paypal blog confirmed that personal payments option will not be available to Indian users for the time being while the publisher payment reversal was caused by an technical error.
And here is an another bad news for Indian publishers – Chitika switched the payment option from Paypal to check for all Indian publisher without any prior information.
I got a mail from Chitika just before a couple of minutes, which was saying:
Since PayPal has blocked personal payments to India, we have switched your account “XXXXXXX” to receive check payments going forward.
The total amount being sent to you in a check is $****.**. This is your total balance – including your payment from last month plus your payment from this month.
VERY IMPORTANT: This is the address we have on file – the postman will deliver your check to the following address:
**** Address ****
If this address is incorrect, you must login to your Chitika account by 3:00pm US EST on Friday, February 26 to change to the correct address.
If you have any questions regarding this change to your payments, please contact your account manager or contact Chitika support.
[Note – if you earn over $1000 per month, you are eligible for wire transfer. Please contact your account manager or submit a ticket to Chitika customer support if you would like to set this up.]
The Chitika Team
Now what the hell is this? After the Paypal issue, several ad networks re-issued their payments including Infolinks. Since Paypal was experiencing some technical problems, the payments were reversed but then after a couple of days (around 10 days) I started getting the payments re-issued, which means that Paypal has fixed the mass payments problem (ad networks use mass payment option to issue payments to all publishers) wither temporarily or permanently.
Chitika never tried to resend the money using Paypal and changed the payment option to check even without seeking publisher authorization. Most Indian banks take more than 20 days to clear US checks and charge hefty commissions for this as well. Let’s say a publisher gets $50 check from Chitika, then he would just get around $20 – $25 out of that as the banks charge between $25 – $30 to clear US checks. Isn’t this pathetic now?
If you are an Indian publisher, how are you going to deal with this Chitika issue? Will you contact Chitika to hold your payments until they continue paying via Paypal again or you don’t mind receiving payments via paper check?