Simon Martin, founder of ippimail, was good enough to contact me and help me work out why their shopping interface wasn’t working for me.
As the instructions (that I didn’t read) say, "click through on the banners to reach the shop in question".
I wasn’t seeing any banners. That, of course, is because I run Adblock Plus. I had it disabled on ippimail itself, so I can support ippimail, but obviously not on "shop.ippimail.com". As soon as I disabled it appropriately, I saw the ads, and I was able to click-through.
The interface is disadvantaged, in that I can’t search directly for the product I want, but I’m not sure what ippimail can do about that at the moment. I’ll just have to find my product; then go back to ippimail and search for the shop in which I found it. It’s a nuisance to have to do that, but worth it again to support the good causes. The only way I can see that they would be able to do it, would be to have an interface like froogle; but they’re just not at that stage yet.
I’m going to give it a shot, though, and see whether the shops selling my chosen gifts are in their list.
- ippimail: Free Software web-mail with a feel-good factor
- ippimail: Backstory
- ippimail: An interview with co-founder Simon Martin