If you’ve ever transferred money to your PayPal account, and immediately wanted it back, then maybe you can relate to this physical manifestation of a unique PayPal account management technique demonstrated by Japanese artist nukeme. After 3D printing the PayPal logo as an actual coin bank, nukeme imitates the process of adding money to a PayPal account by dropping a few coins into it. He then treats the sculpture like a traditional piggy bank by smashing it to get his money back in this clever work called “Internet Bank.”
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I love how analog or offline versions of things that we regularly use on the internet can really make us question our perception of those online interactions. It seems like a lot of people do squirrel away money to their PayPal accounts for that rainy day eBay purchase, and I’m pretty sure that I will be thinking of my PayPal account as my online piggy bank from now on.
[via Prothetic Knowledge]