First off, no reason to worry. This was expected and planned for as explained in the “Why preorders and why now” post.
I guess those preorders must be even so slightly successful for PayPal to finally freeze the account. This morning I woke up to:
One of the steps required is proof the orders actually shipped. Funny thing is, this didn’t happen last time as the product was in stock, so either a human or a ML algorithm correctly decided we are running preorders.
As you can imagine I can’t provide proof of shipment for a product that didn’t ship, so I can’t unfreeze the funds, so PayPal is going to be my long term bank deposit I didn’t ask for for a while now.
The next step is for PayPal to freeze deposits as well.
This will happen either in 40 days “or if we notice additional changes in your account activity”, which I guess means more preorders.
In other words, the PayPal payment option is fading and doing so fast. If you want to pay using that option the window to do so is closing. If you want to make sure I can’t access your money before shipment, that is also the way to go.