Jerry, one of the things we`re contemplating as part of accepting
standard CCs is that credibility you`re talking about. There`s
something about a site that takes all credit cards plus PayPal that
just seems more "normal." That, and the impulse purchase.
We have 1 product, composed of 26 letter-flags, any of which can be
ordered multiple times in a custom message. The shopping cart will capture a message
line, parse it, assign each letter to a variable, report out the number
of flags (and the original message), total the cost for the number of
flags, then invoice.
Additionally, because we`re parsing the string and capturing one of
three variations of flag messages, we`ll also use it as a translator.
By that, the customer will click "horizontal, vertical, or valance," as
they type their message(s). On entry, the system puts up their message
in our flag pics, in the orientation they`ve chosen. Then there`s a
"buy this" or "try another message."
On the "buy this," the above calculations and invoice happen. On the
"try another," they`re taken back to the message line and type in some
other string and do it over again. Finally, upon the "buy this," they
get an opportunity to type in a second string, multiple times if they
want, then buy that one also...or three banners...etc.
I see what you mean. It is hard to come up with a module or shopping cart that would add each letter individually. But have you guys ever considered making the flags bigger? perhaps to make the customer choose the size or perhaps charge per banner for example from 1 to 6 letters is this much and so forth.
Just a suggestion.
As for the Credit Card processor Issue? I agree with everyone. You need a Credit Card Processor as well as Pay Pal, and here`s what to expect if you decide to go with a real credit card processor.
1. You will need an SSL certificate to secure your transactions.
2. You will need a dedicated IP address to install your certificate
3. Expect to dish out about $19.99 for the payment gateway along with a $25.00 dollar charge if you don`t sell nothing during the month. But if you`re averaging about $180.00 per month then you are good to go.
Have you ever considered 2Checkout? You can try Linkpoint if you wish. I am authorized LinkPoint reseller just goto my web site and click on POS/Gateways
and sign up for free... There is no obligation, plus you might even get a good rate! You never know. The good thing about link point is that you can take order over the telephone, catalog, mail orders and over the internet.
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