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Old 13th January 2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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Default How to sell online

I need help to sell on own website. I am not IT savvy so how can I learn or get help.


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Old 16th January 2012, 07:52 PM   #2
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Paypal is a good way to get started. You can get a free account and read about their merchant tools. With Paypal, you will always be sending website visitors to a Paypal secure page which can change the customer experience slightly. You would need to implement shopping cart technology if you wanted to keep them on your website throughout the order process. If this is overwhelming, you should hire a professional web developer.

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Old 16th January 2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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Paypal is well enough accepted now that many people prefer paying through Paypal than paying a vendor by credit card. I always opt for paying by Paypal for several reasons.

1. Paypal is big enough to employ the best in net security - I simply feel safer paying through Paypal.

2. I can pay from my Paypal account or from a credit card through Paypal - in fact a buyer does not have to have a Paypal account to purchase goods through Paypal.

3. I never know how big (or small) a vendor is and how secure their servers are and how secure my financial data is with them. I feel confident of Paypal.

I recommend using Paypal even if that is the only means by which customers can pay you.

Also note that it is possible to set up Paypal purchases from your website totally transparent - that is to say, a purchaser need never be aware that the purchase went through Paypal.

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Old 17th January 2012, 09:28 AM   #4
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Thanks, Spider. I'm just getting my website finished, and this is one the last steps I have. I have a PayPal account, and was considering using some other merchant services. I think I'll just stick to PayPal, though. How do you set up the transparency you mentioned?

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Ah. That, I don't know. I only know that I recently made an online purchase by credit card and realized that it went through Paypal even though there was no PayPal logo present. I'm sure you can find out how to do it at Paypal - and if necessary call their customer support.

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Old 19th January 2012, 03:09 PM   #6
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Check the terms and conditions of your PayPal account carefully (i.e., monthly processing limit, when funds are deposited to YOUR bank account, any reserve requirements, chargeback procedures, under what circumstances can they freeze your account, etc.). What kind of fraud prevention tools do they offer? Are their rates competitive? Also, call their customer service line and see how long it takes to speak to a live person.

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I can recommend paypal as an effective payment gateway, if a little expensive.

Be aware that buyers can attempt to reverse their payment after they have received the goods - you will have to monitor your email from paypal because they do give you a chance to appeal the decision.

In all, try paypal first and if turnover warrants it, go for a SSL bank supported credit card payment option.

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You need to tie into their new API so they don't get taken away from your website but payment still be posted to your account.

A couple things though... when you have a business, especially online, don't put all your eggs in one basket. Have a back up plan. If something happens to your paypal you need to be able to adjust and move fast, have a regular merchant account as a back up!

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