Anyways, I finally got paypal configured how I want it. Using it, I can get the username my client wants and the password. My question is: is Paypal enough? If I start my website up using Paypal as my only payment processor, do you think anyone will sign up?
I have a Paypal account so people can pay with credit cards by the way. Visa and Mastercard...
EDIT: I can also accept Discover and Americas Express credit cards
Last edited by CougarElite; 05-21-2004 at 05:55 PM.
I think PayPal is ok but I would NOT recommend it as a sole option, unless you are just testing the waters. If you are going to market your business aggressively to try to drum up sales, I would definitely recommend offering a direct payment option - perhaps in addition to PayPal.
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for the time being since you are not selling anything, Paypal should be sufficient. You might want to include other payment method in the future when you start offering services or products for sale. Paypal has restrictions and may not give you a wide enough reach to use it.
I think for right now, I am going to just use Paypal. It seems like most of the people on the Internet these days have a Paypal account. If they don't, the page you go to pay for my webhosting package allows you to register a paypal account right there, so I think I should be fine.
Now that I have everything straightened out on my website, I think I MIGHT buy a reseller package and try to get a few customers. But then there is advertising, and the trouble of actually getting people to sign up. Ugh... I'm not sure if I should start a site or not
Alot of people use PayPal, before we introduced Paypal as a payment option 95% of signups were credit card based, 5% were other forms of payment (check, MO, etc). We brought in PayPal as an option about 7 months ago, and now i'd say 55% of all new orders are via paypal, 40% credit card, and 5% other.
We used to only offer PayPal.. but we always had an alternative in case a prospective client didn't want to use PayPal. We have had many clients over the years who have refused to use PayPal because of various reasons.
If you can't afford your own merchant account then you can consider myPaySystems.com or 2checkout as alternatives. Both of them have their drawbacks but nothing life threatening.
Personally, I would recommend www.cdgcommerce.com. It's a merchant account that comes with an awesome gateway so you don't need your own SSL server, and very little experience needed to get it running. (of course there are also many high-tech options that you can configure into it as well).
Thanks Toeki. I gues I could have been a little more clear in my language. Paypal allows a purchaser to pay with a credit card without signing up for a PayPal account.
I'm not sure how long ago this started, but I was curious what people's experiences were since they made the change. Because if it works fine, I'm not sure what difference it would be using PayPal for you processing than say 2CheckOut. Maybe it's the tools they give you.. not sure.
I just like to say Please don't use 2Checkout.com. We tried them for about a year and they took more money from our business then they were suppose too. I got so mad at them for taking my money that they closed my account. What a butch of sh**heads. They claim to have problems with their servers, which are owned by UltraDNS Corporation (ULTRADNS.NET).