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    SSL vs Paypal

    Hi Guys

    If I am gonna start a new, simple e-commerce site for selling digital goods, do I really need SSL or just the setting up of a Paypal link will be enough? I intend to get paid only on Paypal, hence is SSL important in this case?

    Thanks and any help much appreciated.
    Jon

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    With Paypal the payment processing is done on their site using their SSL so no sensitive info requiring encryption need be on your site.
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    Thanks Felgall. I kinda knew that but wanted to get a second opinion. Much appreciated.

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    You don't technically need an SSL if you are processing payments at PayPal but I'd recommend getting an SSL anyway.

    It's easy to forget when you're web savvy that many users will not be as knowledgeable. If a user perceives the transaction as unsafe, you could lose the sale. Basic SSL certs are $10-15USD

    Just my 0.02c

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdp View Post
    I'd recommend getting an SSL anyway
    As you can't install it onto the payment page since that page is not on your site there is little point in getting one unless you have one of the Paypal accounts that allows customisation of the payment page to make it look more like your site and you are including images - in which case you need the certificate for the images.
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    wdp, while that is true, the transaction of the sale WOULD be encrypted with a certificate therefore the transaction would be seen as secure. In fact, a transaction from somewhere like PayPal would probably look more secure than something on a random website

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    There is a point there what felgall and alex are talking about. Thanks guys, most useful info.

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    've heard complaints from people who have used PayPal and recieved bill's in the region of 50 for using the service.
    Ive bought about eight items from EBay and paid every time with PayPal and have incurred no extra charges. Do these bills only appear if the amounts become significant?

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    Interesting what tokmik said. I have never heard of any extra bills for using paypal services. It must be the seller's decision to slap an extra bill for higher amounts as they get charged by paypal, hence seller's may want to recover what they pay to paypal, which I think is not fair unless that has been stated before the buyer purchased the goods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tokmik View Post
    've heard complaints from people who have used PayPal and recieved bill's in the region of 50 for using the service.
    That would be the charge for selling something using Paypal where the sale price is around the 1500 mark. Paypal collect their commission from the seller on most transactions.
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