But 600k in a week? They'd better hold it back. It's suspicious.
My problem with this is as follows: It's only suspicious if it's you or me.
Banks (PayPal isn't one, but is sufficiently bank-like for the purposes of this thread) launder money by the truckload all the time and they don't even get to admit wrongdoing. Last July it was Wells Fargo and Wachovia (the full deal here
, short version here
), and somehow that
But if you or I write a piece of software that gives us our 15 minutes of Internet fame and fortune, that's suddenly suspicious, and the bank or PayPal will now "investigate". Ha ha, only not funny.
PayPal has been a major problem for charities. There are plenty of small charities that get a piddling little streamlet of donations all the time, then something big happens, like a flood or an earthquake somewhere, or maybe a political event, and suddenly, for a short while, the money starts pouring in because a lot of people become concerned. To PayPal this is suspicious too, and charities have been locked out of their money for long periods of time.
The idea of an online payment processor was a great one. The idea that PayPal gets to be a cop and an international IRS in one is ridiculous. The idea that they get to hold on to your earnings while they are checking you out is downright insane. At least until you and me get to investigate PayPal back. And all the banks too.
(Not that I expect ever to be in Markus's shoes, have half a million EUR coming in by special delivery. Alas, no. Just on general principle.)