The (2nd) set of Open Letters written to the CEO of Ebay and PayPal were delivered. See below for proof of delivery.
I need your help.
For years I have been writing to Ebay and PayPal to inquire as to why their services are not available in Pakistan. I have never received a reply from them. This year, I decided to pursue this more assertively. In January of this year I wrote a letter to the CEOs of Ebay and PayPal respectively (the contents of the letter can be read here). I waited for a month – no reply from them.
Just yesterday I wrote another letter to them. Let us see if second time is the charm.
However, what I need from you – is to spread the word – on your blog. The more you help in spreading this issue around – the more activists and lobbyist effort we can garner.
All I am asking you is for you to highlight the same in your own words (about the two letters I wrote) to your readers. Feel free to highlight the non-availability of both Ebay and Paypal in Pakistan as you feel fit. But highlight you must!
Feel free to cross-link to the two letters: (it is not mandatory that you do so, lest I be accused of increasing the back-links for my blog – back-linking won’t help me in any manner, since I do not run any advertisements on my website, hence traffic and popularity is not something I am seeking).
An Open Letter to John Donahoe, CEO of Ebay (Parent company of PayPal)
PayPal in Pakistan (Part II)
It is very easy to rant in this digital age… A lot of people have personally written emails to me, saying it won’t work. Citing many theories as to why PayPal / Ebay does not want to do business here in Pakistan. The Nay-sayers are plenty. But those are are willing to help and contribute towards this effort/initiative – outnumber the Nay-sayers by orders of magnitude.
I think we need to approach this with patience and without giving up hope. Dr. Ian Wilmut who first successfully cloned “Dolly” the sheep, got it right after 276 attempts. Imagine that – 276 attempts!!!
Being persistent pays off.
I am no Dr. Wilmut, and we certainly have no sheep to be cloned. But if it takes 276 attempts to get PayPal in Pakistan – why not!
A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.
An ancient Chinese proverb
I thank you in advance.
The contents of the letter can be viewed here. The delivery snapshots as provided by Fedex can be seen below.
I have not received any reply so far (which was quite disappointing).
So, yet again, I am writing another letter to them. Contents of which can be seen below.
February 12, 2009
President and CEO
2145 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
Subject: PayPal for Pakistan
Dear Mr. Donahoe,
I am writing to you to inquire as to why Ebay and Paypal services are not available in Pakistan. It is very disheartening to note that whilst countries like Angola, Yemen, Uganda, Madagascar, Jordan, Kuwait and Rwanda (to name a few) can enjoy the benefits of PayPal, Why is Pakistan left out?
Pakistan is home to 17+ Million users of the Internet. Mobile users are hovering around the 80+ Million mark. The population is 160 Million. Our banking system is robust and seasoned, whilst our digital infrastructure is top-notch, having many firsts (for example: we have the world largest Wimax deployment).
For years I have personally been writing to Ebay/PayPal, but have never received a reply, which in this day and age, is quite disappointing.
The main objective of this letter to know (not superficially, but in detail) what is preventing the inclusion of Pakistan in the countries where PayPal / Ebay services can be offered.
A lot many professional organizations in Pakistan are willing to lend support to the cause, should Ebay/PayPal require so.
If there are any policy or government issues preventing your organization from doing business here, kindly do highlight the same so that at the very least we can start addressing the issue.
I just want to be able to have an eBay and a PayPal account from Pakistan. In the event you want to reach me, the easiest way is via email, my personal email address is email@example.com and official email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Net Access Communication Systems (Private) Limited
CC: Mr. Scott Thompson, President, PayPal.
A few days ago, I embarked on my annual routine of writing to Ebay and PayPal – asking them why their services are not being offered in Pakistan? I have been doing this for a couple of years now.
Rather than just email, I decided to formally send a letter and Fedex’d it to them. The letters were delivered yesterday. Now it is a wait and see – as to what they will say.