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Why do Pinterest Buyable Pins have to be in US Dollars?

So I've procrastinated enough and I have to get on with actually running my web business.

The UniNats are over, school is going back tomorrow and I am trying to get my head around Pinterest Buyable Pins.

The first hurdle was to get Paypal by Braintree set up. I've had PayPal available for my customers for years, I've got credit card facilities with a major Australian bank, and I've got Square online and mobile payment facilities set up. But Buyable Pins need Braintree, so let's set that up too!

Only these guys are serious about their security checks. It took about a month of sending document after document to prove I had a legit business to get Braintree approved. And then I got a bit lazy about the whole thing and left it another month to try and actually set it up.

Now I've spent a drizzly Sunday afternoon clicking back and forth between my website, Braintree's Control Panel, PayPal, Pinterest and whatever... and now I have to wait 48 hours for another approval. Sigh!

In the meantime I've discovered that to have Buyable Pins you must have the default currency on your website set to US Dollars. OK - so now I have to change the pricing on all my products. Done... but that then messes with the "Free Postage for Orders over $60", because now they are US Dollars, but it gets calculated by Australia Post's automatic postage calculator and I'm not sure if that actually works out it should be in US dollars or not.

Aaaagh!

By the way, I haven't actually sold anything from the website yet because it is not ranking very highly on Google. Which is another thing I should be getting onto.

I know! I get no end of offers through my inbox from people offering to do all this for me for a fee. But being a tiny start up I am pushing on by myself for now. I mean - how hard can it be right? Right?

I may eventually crack, but for now if you've been through this ordeal yourself and have a bit of encouragement to throw my way, I would appreciate a pat on the back for what I've managed so far. Then again a kick up the bum and a shove in the right direction might be more useful.

Want to check out my Pinterest? My half-ass Pinterest that may or may not be connected to my selling website yet? When will my children be reliable enough to do all this for me? I mean they are the internet experts right?

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