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Selling Information without an ecomerce cart
gldnratio




msg:3156951
 6:19 am on Nov 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

HI just wanted to know if its possible to sell information like an ebook or something without using an e-commerce site?

Example: Joe goes to site buys information and hes able to access that information right then after its purchased... Did I just answer my own question there, lol. There has to be another way of giving him the info after purchasing right?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

 

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3157007
 7:43 am on Nov 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Joe goes to site buys information and hes able to access that information right then after its purchased...

I may be misunderstanding you but how does he buy it if the site does not have ecommerce?

physics




msg:3160585
 5:24 am on Nov 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

You may be able to use PayPal for this. User goes to your site, clicks a PayPal buy button, at the end is redirected (or sent an email with the location of) the 'secret content'. Make sure the secret content page has a noindex tag and don't link to it directly yourself, etc. You could also use mod_rewrite or drop in a bit of PHP so that someone can only see the e-book page of they are sent from the PayPal domain. Another way would be to give them a username and password in a message after they pay on eBay and then they would need this to access the e-book (use .htpasswd on Apache).
In short there are a lot of ways to do it but yes at some point they have to go through an e-commerce transaction, but you can avoid having a full on shopping cart.

gldnratio




msg:3160649
 6:46 am on Nov 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks for clarifying guys. Greatly appreciated.

Lovejoy




msg:3160846
 2:15 pm on Nov 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've been using the PayPal "Buy Now" Buttons redirect for years to sell informational products without a glitch. It may not be the most cutting edge appraoch, but it works ;~)

Lovejoy- Out

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