| 9:50 pm on May 14, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Run a merchant account alongside your PayPal buy now button.
Going PayPal alone is a big mistake, almost as big as not including it on any checkout page as a payment option.
| 11:50 am on May 15, 2004 (gmt 0)|
I've been wondering about going with PayPal alone given the new openness to non-members. What's the case against it?
| 12:00 pm on May 15, 2004 (gmt 0)|
pdivi I would at least get started on a merchant account, why wait? Even if PayPal did role out the easier tos many would still prefer to buy direct by cc rather than touching PayPal.
I am one of those that unless you accept my Amex card directly you lose my business, and I will never ever touch anything PayPal related again.
| 1:10 pm on May 15, 2004 (gmt 0)|
From a user standpoint I don't like the way Paypal handles subscriptions anyway. World's worst user interface. Frankly I still want to be reminded and allowed to approve _any_ payment before it happens. I will never - ever "subscribe" to anything via Paypal again.
Use some other service that lets your subscribers approve renewals otherwise it will backlash.
| 2:11 pm on May 15, 2004 (gmt 0)|
And then you have stories like me. About 80% of my gross revenue comes from Paypal subscriptions. It works pretty well for us.
| 3:01 pm on May 15, 2004 (gmt 0)|
I would recommend you keep PayPal and get an additional online merchant and put it's buttons next to PayPal's to test which is more popular. Try a search on google for merchants, or use:
With 2checkout, I am not sure if they do handle subscriptions, but no one has to make an account with them to buy something from you. Test with 2 or 3 differnt merchants for about 6 months, and delete the merchant which you recieve the least amount of payments from. That way, you can offer your potential buyers two or more different ways of paying.