Hey guys! Recently had a strange experience I thought I'd bring to everyone's attention. Trying some new green beans, some Colombian, Cuba, and Uganda.
I put through the order, paying through Paypal, and got an email saying they had to review the transaction. Few days later it was rejected and refunded to me without explanation! Very very strange, as PayPal had never done this before...
So I tried again. Same thing, review, and then rejected. They then sent me a message, and it basically said that:
"U.S. regulations currently prohibit the purchase or sale of various goods and services originating from or being shipped to Cuba."
I was so puzzled haha... and then it occurred to me that PayPal is a U.S. based payment system. Then I looked it up and apparently there's some embargo between the U.S. and Cuba and their products. Had no idea about that, nor do I even know what's going on between the two! Perhaps some rocky relationship of sorts...
And they also asked me to kindly not send this payment again, and will close my account if I violate the terms again.
So if you ever order Cuban green beans from anywhere (even if the beans are currently in Australia and aren't being sent from Cuba!), you may have PayPal troubles! Using other payment methods are fine.