Upload & Sell: Off
A sacred American cultural norm is freedom; closely associated with it are power and independence. Individualism is also practiced here to a striking degree. It's no surprise that Canon named their breakthrough camera the "Rebel" in North America, unlike the rest of the world, where it was the 300D, or in the case of Japan, the "Kiss Digital".
Speaking with my foreigner hat firmly on, I find it both amusing and bemusing to observe how hasty Americans are to sacrifice at the corporate altar their sacred value freedom.
When the U.S. votes to decisively limit the power of state and Federal government to regulate, they are in fact voting to make themselves regulatable by the larger moneyed interests. But few pause to think this through, thanks to intense media propaganda. And to dig the knife in further, in the U.S. eliminating protections from being poisoned or shafted by corporations is called freedom from burdensome regulation.
So here we are in our little FM community, a place were people of good will come to share their love of photography, only to hear voices asking us to march in lockstep with the PayPal overlords. So much for community and freedom.
But what about following the rules, as jbregar asserts? He is not wrong to do so. But here we must ask what that means in practice, as a form of practical reason. In the words of the brilliant social scientist Pierre Bourdieu, "What is required is not that one do absolutely everything that one should, but rather that one at least give indications of trying to do so. Social agents are not expected to be perfectly in order, but rather to observe order, to give visible signs that, if they can, they will respect the rules".
Bourdieu is absolutely correct. Read buy and sell member feedback members give each other and that is precisely what you'll find being honored: members making a visible effort to observe the rules, not perfectly, but practically and with dignity with respect to the shared norms of the FM community. How many times do you find someone giving feedback where they decried the seller for failing to distinguish between a PayPal surcharge and a PayPal discount? I suggest it's rare, and for good reason.