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starting off selling
what way now???

 10:34 pm on May 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

I am planning to offer some paid services on my site over the next few months. What I am looking for as a method for the user to pay me without having to set up a merchant account etc. something along the lines of paypal where thy only take a $% of what you actualy make...Are there any other services that work along the same lines... preferably one that allows the customer to pay direct with CC as oposed to having to sign up with another service to make the payment.
what I am looking for is

.no sign up fee
.pay a percentage of a sale
.no monthly fee

Tall order I know but does anyone have any ideas???



 10:43 pm on May 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

With PayPal they don't think they're signing up for a service they are filling in their information to purchase, while doing that it is also creating an account. ;) I like paypal.


 4:40 am on May 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have been on the paypall site... im i right in saying they brows on your site then click on buy and go to paypal. when on the paypal site they pay for the goods and are then sent back to your site. paypal then take their comission and pay you the rest???

one more point do paypal allow you to accesp payment for non-tangable goods..such as services???


 3:07 pm on May 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

if it's for a uk site, use a uk service instead. try worldpay, netbanx, securetrading, and others. these allow you to accept more uk cards than paypal etc.

if you have an annual or monthly fee, the % charges will generally be lower. it will often be much cheaper over 12 months to pay the annual or monthly fees than to only have the transaction percentage.

brotherhood of LAN

 3:42 pm on May 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

An important thing to note if youre targetting the UK is "switch" cards. Right up until a few months ago, I couldnt buy anything from an American site, because they dont accept switch

However, many people in the UK own a switch card!

cant offer specifics on what service you should choose, im in the same boat...on the lookout :)


 9:12 pm on May 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>However, many people in the UK own a switch card!

and delta and solo and electron ... and many people in ireland have laser ...


 2:55 am on May 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

All good points people... Thanks very much. I agree with what you where saying about switch and solo... o only wish they coudl be used further a field that the uk.


 5:58 pm on May 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

I use WorldPay and I am happy with them. However, I would like to recommend another service that I have used in the past and was very happy with. They are called 2checkout.com. When I signed up with them it was only $50 but that may have changed now. This service is also very easy to implement and they charge 5.5% which is reasonable but higher then WP at 4.5%.

Good luck.


 2:44 am on May 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Amazon's got a program that'll do it, too. Check their homepage and look for details on the "honor system". Pretty basic, but it does the job.


 10:38 am on May 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

mack :

Check out swreg.org

I am using them for one of my sites, where I offer paid services.

Again, i wanted the one, very much similiar to what you are looking for now.If it is services, You mat have to write to them and find out if you are eligible.

One of their comission plans don't have a monthly minimun fee and they don't have set up fee for any of their plans.

Probably, that will suit better.Chek it out. Go through their site completely.



 10:45 am on May 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

You can use Switch in the Czech Republic, but they call it Maestro and Cirrus here.


 4:42 am on May 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'm using 2checkout.com as well. What I like about them is that it's $49 to set up and then nothing unless you sell something. Then it's 5.5% and .45 per transaction. But in the long run that's probably cheaper than a regular merchant account that has all kinds of monthly charges and minimums and hoops to jump through in the beginning.
2checkout also offers free shopping cart software.

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