I’ve worked with a developer based in Ukraine for close to 10 years on both personal and business projects. I used to send him payments via PayPal, but PayPal no longer works in Ukraine. Two years ago we moved to Western Union. I’m pretty sure Western Union is about the worst service out there – I have never had a payment go through without some issue. However, this last payment took five calls and 25 days before they told me my payment was canceled. I’d had enough. The developer (also completely frustrated) suggested I send him an Amazon “e” gift card. It had never occurred to me that even in Ukraine Amazon is ubiquitous.
The transfer went through in about 30 seconds.
Hats off Amazon, and perhaps a new global currency.