Except that when I went to put the information out there to other websites, the girl running the book club site told me about Paypal shutting down people's accounts when they had used them for this type of thing. Apparently, Paypal doesn't want you to collect donations unless you are a registered nonprofit entity and, of course, I'm not. So no donations through Paypal.
So then I checked into getting a post office box to give out for people to mail checks to. But that won't work because of the pesky problem of raffles being "gambling" and the gambling laws are different in each state. Because this is the interweb, I would hopefully be getting checks from all over the place...including states that maybe don't allow this kind of thing. My state is cool with raffles, as long as you don't make more than $40,000, but other states aren't as easy going. So the post office box is out.
Then Justin had a great idea. We would sell "special limited edition" wristbands and if people bought a wristband, they would be entered to win a chance at the book. This would work with a paypal purchase button. Except I went to the wristband site and they wanted $73 for 200 wristbands. Why are these wristbands so expensive???? Aren't these people supposed to be helping us fundraise? I have already purchased the book and I am out of cash. Unless some nice person was willing to donate the wristbands for me to sell, my raffle is finished.
As Carrie suggested in her comment on my previous blog post, I checked out Google Checkout. No deal there either. They only allow you to use their service to purchase a product. Again, I have one product and I want to sell chances to win it. So unless I sell a book to each person, no Google Checkout.
I'm completely stumped. I have no money to pay a lawyer to figure out how to
If anyone has any other ideas on how I could do this raffle or if some kind soul has an extra $73 in their wallet and wants to provide the wristbands so I have a product to sell along with the chance to win the book, please contact me. Otherwise, I am out of ideas. And I have failed to help my friend. Again.