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PayPal has launched a new site called "Do Stuff For Money," which the company describes as a way to get people to do stuff…for money. Mind blowing isn’t it?

"Need your roommate Susie to handle your laundry this week? Sweeten the deal by offering $20 to make sure she does it right," says PayPal Director of Product Marketing Heinz Waelchi. "Want your boyfriend to give you a foot massage after a long day at work? He may hate your feet, but it might be worth the extra $40."

Stuff for Money

The site can be used for legitimate transactions using PayPal’s send money feature, but Waelchi also encourages "prank" offers. Here are a few examples of what people have already used it for:

Stuff for Money

PayPal is also playing up the site’s integration with Facebook. You can send offers via Facebook (or email), and the offer will appear on the recipient’s wall (or in their inbox with email). Their acceptance or refusal of the offer will also be posted on the wall.

PayPal should be able to avoid any Craiglist-like Attorney General static. In the site’s legal section, it forbids users to “encourage illegal activity.” I assume that includes prostitution.

PayPal Wants You to Pay Your Friends for Favors
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  • http://blog.9thsphere.com/blog/category/internet-marketing Canadian SEO expert

    Facebook users will like that.

  • http://www.havocmarketing.com Havoc Marketing

    Hi Chris,

    This service has both good and bad points. On one hand it could be helpful to many users but on the other hand it could be vulnerable to internet fraud and scams. So Paypal needs to be very careful with this new service.

    Thanks for the great post.

    Mani Raj
    Havoc Marketing

    • Chris Crum

      It does seem like it would be abused. I find it interesting that PayPal is even encouraging pranks.

  • Oh?

    Just think,

    Now the CL Prostitutes can just use facebook.

    “send me $140 to spend some time with you”

    I bet Facebook will now become the new CL

  • http://www.buyresveratrolinfo.com/ fordspark701

    Whether how good is the paypal policy, It’s still the responsibility of the user on what ever way he/she going to use his paypal account.

  • http://www.laokay.com Guest

    Of course paypal wants you to send another person money. Do they not take a percentage of each transaction, including sending paypal to paypal?

    I’ll bet they’re looking at over a million dollars coming in daily and then going right out and if they got people to paypal some of that money to others, they could take an additional percentage of some of the transactions. Also, it would drive more people to use paypal, which means more money for them.

  • http://www.neutralsystems.com www.neutralsystems.com

    First of all, code words like “find me a date” and “want to party” are code words for prostitution. Just like Craigs List, Paypal prohibits illegal activity; buy we all know it will still exist on both sites.
    Seems to me this new service is purely seif-serving on Paypals’ part since they charge a hefty fee for these money transfers. Undoubtably, Paypal will claim its’ innocence while profiting on both legal and illegal activity just as Craigs List has; and they know it.
    No halo for Paypal here.

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    What if the “party” transaction does not come up to your expectation or not presented as you agreed on? will as on ebay paypal refund the money to the buyer (sender) and ask for details of the dispute before
    allowing or not payment to go through…..

  • http://www.abundantace.com/ ace

    Not surprised that Paypal is trying to push off their services some more. It’s not about enabling people. It’s about reaching in people’s pockets to make more money. People lose their Paypal account everyday over frivolous reasons. Better off using RME [short for Revolution Money Exchange]. No fees with RME and they do have a debit card. They the closest to being similar to “Preypal” without the hassles.