I wanted to let you know that I contacted PayPal to see if Etsy was in compliance with PayPal logo policies after having removed the credit card icons, as you've written about
in your blog.
The person I spoke with at PayPal completely understood the sellers frustration and recommended each seller send Feedback to PayPal so PayPal can investigate this issue with Etsy.
Here is information about the conversation I had with PayPal...
I called PayPal to see if Etsy was in compliance with how they are displaying the PayPal logo (and lack of credit card icons). The woman I spoke with was very helpful and understanding. I had her go to Etsy and gave her some example sellers to check out regarding the lack of credit cards. She was surprised and said she could see how that would be confusing to a customer - thinking they would have to have a PayPal account to checkout and no credit cards.
I explained the entire situation to her about how Etsy tried to slip this past the sellers, and what they responded once sellers started calling them out on this. I explained to her about Direct Checkout and how this seems an underhanded way to force people to use Direct Checkout versus PayPal, and how this would - in fact - take money away from PayPal. I mentioned to her that other websites (eBay, Shopify, etc.) show the credit cards, and gave her examples based on the screenshots
that Rick from EverydayBullets posted in the Etsy forum.
She completely understood what I was saying, and agreed that this looked like not a good idea. I explained to her how sellers are complaining - rightly so - and she also thought that was expected.
However, she also did mention that websites have the option of choosing which PayPal logo they want to use. Here is a link
Because of this, Etsy is not out of compliance with PayPal by choosing not to show those credit card logos. The woman I spoke with agreed with us (sellers) that Etsy's choice isn't the best choice - especially for sellers who do not accept Direct Checkout.
She highly recommended that we (sellers) go to the PayPal website, don't log in, but instead click the FEEDBACK icon in the lower-right of the page to send our feedback about what Etsy is doing to PayPal so PayPal can investigate this further. Which I have now done, and am encouraging others to do.
I hope you can use this information, and perhaps we can make a positive change with Etsy to bring back those credit card logos.
Thank you for your time!