Patreon isn't viable for the types of services I provide you guys and other communities. If I were working on a new video game, or actively adding to Tairis all the time, that may be another story. I also looked into Dwolla, but it also doesn't support international payments. I nearly signed up, but given that it wont help the situation, I've backed off for now. There are a number of other payment services I've seen, but no others that I'd trust. If I start doing things more appropriate for Patreon, I'll set one up. Until then, the above and PayPal are the only "money" options. Beyond that, its Amazon and Steam wishlists right now that I believe should work internationally.
Here are the options I'm seeing so far:Google Wallet
Its Google, you likely already have it even if you don't use it.Cons:
A mobile app is available.
You send money by way of the recipients Gmail address.
I can get a Google Wallet card.
I can use Google Wallet with a few vendors I already use.
I already have used Google Wallet and use it as a passthrough when a service/vendor doesn't accept PayPal and I don't trust them with my debit card.
No fees for me to receive. No fees for you to send if you don't add to your Wallet balance from a debit/credit card first. Just send straight with the debit card as source.
Not an option if you're donating from outside the US.
Fees are assessed if adding to your Wallet balance via debit card. (Hint: you can get around that by just using Google Wallet to send money straight from a debit/credit card as source.)
Not as widely accepted as I'd like, unless the Google Wallet card could be used.
I already have a Bitcoin wallet (has always been empty, never got any sent nor have I mined bitcoin).Cons:
Not permanently tied to your bank account. Only necessary to use a card if buying Bitcoin from an exchange.
I can use Bitcoin at my favorite electronics supplier. Which could allow me to produce electronics projects for fun and profit.
If you don't already have Bitcoin, you'd have to buy some at an exchange. Exchange rates vary wildly...
Bitcoin is not widely accepted. I can't get a "Bitcoin Debit card".
It'd be difficult for me to turn it back into real money.
Again: exchange rates vary wildly meaning it could become worthless.
Can't get a bitcoin card.