I just saw a fun
new site that offers a service. It`s based in Ireland, and would be
easily configured to earn income on a subscription or registration
basis. The problem is international customers paying in their native
currency, without understanding (or caring about) currency exchange
rates and amounts.
I know that e-commerce sites use a variety of shopping cart softwar
options. EBay handles currency conversions transparently. Does anyone
have any recommendations as to this type of shopping cart? Or, is there
a transaction processing service that would allow the customer to
register, then be redirected to the processing clearing house to pay
(for a fee to the site owner)?
It`d also be nice to know if such a cart or clearing house exists for
the very small startup owner, where money is almost non-existent. Is
there a way to use one shopping cart or clearing house, then scale up
over time, as revenues improve?
This site doesn`t do what you are after, it simply sidesteps the whole international currency issue. I plan on using their services in the future, one of the best parts about it, is their fee schedule they’ll charge 1% per transaction, no credit card offers anything anywhere near that low, payment is instantaneous and there are no ‘charge backs’. The only drawback I see is that people still need to get used to it, but if you sell high ticket items and offer them the savings from say Master Cards 3% to them they might decide to take it. I would suggest you use this not instead of credit cards but supplementing them.
Well, this is an
interesting idea (reminds me of when Bette Midler`s contract had a
rider that she was to be paid in gold, back during the Carter
Administration and crazy inflation!). But, as you point out, it doesn`t
really solve the problem.
The problem site wants a simple, fast way to register to a subscription
service, with a 1-click payment by typical credit card or PayPal type
of thing. Customers in the United States would be distracted by having
the monthly or annual price listed in Euros. It`d be nice to have a
simple way that the customer could pay in their home country currency,
and the shopping cart would handle all conversions and transaction
processing invisibly to the customer (and the site-owner).