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Question about accepting donations?

   
12:09 am on Apr 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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First off, I wish I had found this site a long time ago.

I am about to take my first stab at E-commerce with a site that I am trying to get set-up for taking donations. The problem is they are in Africa with no bank account (that I know of) and I am in the US where I'll be hosting the site.

I would like an inexpensive solution and from reading the posts, it seems that Worldpay and PayPal win out in these situations.

My only concern with PayPal is I am not sure how the client is going to feel about visitors having to sign up for an account when they want to donate money. It seems as though this site doesn't have any problems like that, is that correct?

My other question is about bank accounts. Can these systems be used without using direct deposit and instead have a check mailed to you on a periodic basis?

If anybody has experience with donations I would greatly appreciate any advise. I have looked at so many sites and they all seem a bit to complicated and expensive for what I am trying to do.

2:37 am on Apr 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Welcome Kevin M. I too would be interested in the answers to your questions. For now I just ask for donations with snail-mail, but a simple internet solution would be nice.
7:19 am on Apr 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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many services including worldpay require the site owner to have at least a bank account in their country - others will insist on site owners having merchant accounts. the bank account would have to be with a recognised bank and funds would be transferred electronically. using a recognised bank also prevents many fraudsters from getting accounts with these providers.

i think you'll have some trouble getting them donation facilities unless you apply in your own name using your own bank account etc. where in africa are they?

11:23 am on Apr 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Crazy_Fool, they are in Tanzania.

I do have my own business bank account, I am just concerned that this could get messy. I have also found that you need to have a business account for 2 years with some banks before they will work with you on credit cards.

1:40 pm on Apr 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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personally i wouldn't run the donations for them in my own name unless i knew them extremely well and could knock on their door to sort out problems - not very practical when you're thousands of miles away.

i'd say mail every 3rd party processing company you can find asking if they can provide e-commerce solutions for a site belonging to a company in tanzania and what the requirements are. you may find they'll need to get a business bank account with a recognised bank in their country. go back through older messages in this forum to find loads of card processing companies.

as an example, tanzania is not on the worldpay list of prohibited countries so they might be able to do it. however, they don't have any tanzanian banks on their sign up forms, so .....

another alternative might be a service provided by netbanx whereby people pay through a telephone number - i'm not sure if it's a dialler that has to be downloaded on the computer, or whether it's a physical phone number that has to be phoned - either way, it's a micro payments solution that may work. see [netinvest.co.uk...]

another possible solution due later this year (maybe september) is a "pay by mobile phone" solution called M-Pay by Vodaphone and worldpay. trials are due to begin in june. not got any more details than that right now.

2:51 pm on Apr 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Well I just finished chatting with them and it turns out they do have a bank account here in the us and we are going to set it up with that. I think we are going to start with PayPal first to see how things go.

Would it be right to say that something like WorldPay would be the next step. Since the visitor doesn't have to sign up for an account.

Again thanks for the advice.

4:53 pm on Apr 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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that us bank account should make things much easier. next step should be whatever service is most suitable, whether worldpay or any other service. if they only want donations from the US then any US provider should do the job, but if they want donations from around the world, they should think about using other services that accept other currencies as well. lots more to think about too.
5:29 pm on Apr 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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FWIW, WorldPay do offer the option for the purchaser (or donator in this case) to choose currency of payment at the point of payment. The list has over 120 currencies on it at the moment, including some REALLY wierd ones.

However, note that Merchant Accounts can only be SETTLED in about a dozen of the major currencies. If you want to see the list in detail, a search for "worldpay currencies" should do the trick

5:34 pm on Apr 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I thought that PayPal also dealt with international currency as well?
5:46 pm on Apr 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>> international currency as well?

Not sure what you mean here? If you are referring to the Euro, that is on the list for both acquisition and settlement

6:27 pm on Apr 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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To be honest I am confused. I am just trying to make sense of all this.

I thought that poeple from various countries could could donate money to the site through PayPal. That money would be deposited into the a US bank account in us dollars? I think I need an e-commerce 101 course.

8:31 pm on Apr 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your help on this post, I gave PayPal a call and I think they'll work to get us started.
9:22 pm on Apr 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>>I thought that poeple from various countries could could
>>donate money to the site through PayPal. That money would
>>be deposited into the a US bank account in us dollars?

yep. however, some people prefer to make payments in their own currencies as they understand the value of their own currency <whisper>especially americans it seems!!</whisper>. therefore, if you are targetting sales or donations from certain countries, it could make sense to use a different payment provider that allows transactions in other currencies.

>>I think I need an e-commerce 101 course.
LOL - there are so many options, so much to learn. even those who know everything are still trying to keep up!!

4:36 pm on Apr 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I'll try and come back to this with a fullish answer nwxt week. Its an interesting point, and deserves a better answer than I haver time to give right now
3:18 pm on Apr 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I am about to take my first stab at E-commerce with a site that I am trying to get set-up for taking donations. The problem is they are in Africa with no bank account (that I know of) and I am in the US where I'll be hosting the site.

I would like an inexpensive solution and from reading the posts, it seems that Worldpay and PayPal win out in these situations.

Im from Africa :) Regarding Paypal, when filling out your details you are prompted to select your country via the drop down. A number of countries arent listed which results in you not being able to complete the transaction.

Anyone else experiencing this? Try it by hitting the donate button on the top right of the WMW screen.

5:54 pm on May 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Pete - That's one of the things that PayPal has listed on their site. That only certain countries are supported.

With WorldPay it seems that you can only accept 3 cuurencies. Is that correct?

10:45 pm on May 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

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pete / kevin - most payment providers tend to have similar allow and disallow lists. as far as i know, it is the card companies themselves (visa and mastercard etc) that determine which countries they will trade with. if your country is prohibited by one, it'll be prohibited by the others too. (if anyone knows any different, please let me know as i'd be genuinely interested).

worldpay have a prohibited countries list - neither south africa nor tanzania are on that list (as of feb 2002). i cant tell you specifically about other providers.
the worldpay application forms list banks in south africa, but not in tanzania - are the main banks in tanzania tanzanian banks or banks from other countries?

6:18 am on May 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

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No problems with Worldpay and most of the other providers accepting visa or mastercards from SA - only seems to be Paypal from what I can see.

Kevin, not sure about world pays limitation on currencies. I know that they have a number of plans and possibly that the base plan has this restriction.

If so, you could always add a currency converter as an aid to help the buyer when purchasing.