Still wanting one of those trendy Mac clones from Psystar? You'll have to wait a bit longer. Psystar's store is down--again.
Visit the store, which News.com's Tom Krazit has been monitoring frequently, and you'll find this ditty.
Thank you for visiting Psystar. We're sorry but the store is temporarily down . Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "UPDATE" so that we can update you when the store comes back online. For customers who have already placed orders: if you received a confirmation e-mail then your item is in queue to be built and shipped.
But it turns out that PayPal isn't too interested in Psystar. PowerPay pulled out over still unclear issues. And now PayPal says the following via Krazit:
"At PayPal, we take rights infringement very seriously. PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy prohibits the use of our services for 'items that infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction.' We use internal guidelines as well as reports from rights owners to determine violations of this policy. We would apply these standards to any products being sold from the psystar.com site - currently there are none."
That last phrase is notable since it means that PayPal couldn't get to Psystar's site because it was down. Is Psystar legit? Who knows? Will PayPal return? Got me. But I do know this: Psystar is the ultimate buyer beware story.