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You'd probably better installing the Google checkout if you want a second system - at least you'll get some curiosity value.
BUT - I have not looked at 2checkout for a good while - see if there's any recent good news; last time I was looking into it, the only ones who liked it were paypal rejects - those who had failed to ripoff paypal, or who had set it up so badly they'd been bounced. I didn't need those people!
We have both on our site and 80% of orders come through 2CO. I still think a lot of users look at the PP option and think, "Oh, I haven't got a PP account so I can't use that."
For the first month, we ONLY had PP and orders were low AND PP only accepts payment from about 50 countries. We missed out on some of those (already few) orders because of this.
Once we added PP, our orders more than doubled.
I had one big problem with 2CO in that they continually rejected orders based only on IP/billing differences. It took me about a month until I convinced them I was selling often to people living abroad temporarily so there would often be differences in physical location and billing address (bank back home...) Now there's a special "note" attached to my account not to reject sales based ONLY on this IP/billing discrepancy.
The second major issue was their insistance on having a full inventory of our products and a very restrictive language that we could use to refer to them--basically, they insist that you make it clear to the world that 2co is the one offering all your products for sale, and that you are just a "rep" for those products. I felt this made our business look like one of 1,000 affiliate sites for our products, instead of the source.
Finally, we traded 2CO for Auth.net and have had no problems whatsoever for over a year. Sales are way up this year as well, but probably due to unrelated factors.
Finally, we traded 2CO for Auth.net and have had no problems whatsoever for over a year.Just keep in mind that Authorizenet.com is only an electronic payment gateway (like LinkPoint and Verisign's Payflow Services). You still need a merchant account to accept credit cards
Maybe there are some EU countries in which PP allows you to accept CC. We are located in the country with the largest economy within the EU and PayPal does NOT allow us to accept CC's. If you can accept CC through PP then I guess you are located in the UK?
Because it sounds to be as if there's been a glitch somewhere along the line for you to not be able to accept CC payments living in Germany. You need to revisit this issue with them.