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eChecks

Do customers use them?

     
9:25 pm on May 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone implemented echeck processing on their site? Do customers use it much?
10:40 pm on May 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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We give the option; it's not used very often, maybe 1 out of 200 transactions. Biggest problem for us is that about 20% of them never clear.
11:11 am on May 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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For some reason, around this time of the year - a few merchants implement this and then take it off in about 5-6 months.

The biggest problem with the checks though is clearing. It might take a few days to clear and it is not like accepting a credit card - where he money is yours. The e-check could bounce. Or the transaction could be canceled / rejected

-Corey

12:00 pm on May 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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i dont see the point of echecks now that most people have credit / debit cards ... think its something like 160 million credit and debit cards in the UK alone - thats probably about 4 cards per adult in the UK on average ....
12:23 pm on May 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The UK has a very high credit card penetration rate, but that simply is not the case everywhere, for example Germany and Italy are *much* lower IIRC, so the need for alternatives exists.

Also, you cannot have a *credit* card until you are 18 in the UK, though you can have a chequebook much younger: I had one at 16 for example.

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4:27 pm on May 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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For some reason, around this time of the year - a few merchants implement this and then take it off in about 5-6 months.

I imagine the original question was sparked by Authorize.Net requiring you to either Accept or Decline a sign-up for eCheck when you login to their system as of Tuesday. I've been clicking ignore, but after a bit of research clicked "Decline" when I logged in this morning.

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no most of our merchants don't use the gateway that you mentioned corbing. But it is like this every year - people sign up for it for a few months and then take it off after some months

-Corey

8:59 pm on May 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Its very, very rare ive only had around 4 in three years, 2 of those bounced if I recall correctly.
6:51 pm on May 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I tried it for a while. Used rarely and when it was used about 15% bounced, so we took it off.

With PrePaid Credit Cards, even people with bad credit can pay by credit card, which basically leaves the fraudsters who are trying to rip you off.