This has become a favorite of pirate websites as a means of accepting donations after being cut off from traditional payment processors.But where pirate websites are able to survive like this because they can make money from a few donating visitors, sketchy advertising and cryptocurrency mining, essay mills can only survive if they’re able to accept direct payment from customers.
Yesterday, payment company Pay Pal announced that they were no longer going to offer services to essay writing companies, often referred to as essay mills, forcing such services to find new ways to accept payments.
The move comes after the UK Education Secretary Damian Hinds called on Pay Pal to stop processing payments for essay writing services saying that it is “unethical for these companies to profit from this dishonest business.”However, the ban will not be immediate.
This has caused a pushback from academia but one that’s had little effect.
Despite laws being passed in multiple countries to ban essay mills, the services have proved largely invincible due to their international nature.
According to research by Tracey Bretag in Australia, only 10.4% of students who admitted to contract cheating said they used a professional service of any type.
Meanwhile, 60.2% said that they used a current or former student.
Pay Pal has already admitted it will be difficult to separate essay mills from sites that provide legitimate tutoring services.
This means many essay mills may simply rebrand to avoid the ban.
Also, only 13.2% of students said that they paid anything for the paper, instead turning to friends and family or exchanging some other kind of favor. A current or former student will be much more trustworthy than an unknown person online and will be better able to complete the assignment.
Likewise, such exchanges aren’t likely to involve cash transactions.