Alternatives to PayPal

Hi,

I have a potential new client who is currently using PayPal in conjunction with her eCommerce software to sell goods online.

She hasn’t had too many sales on her site (since it launched in August) and would like me to help out with this. She is however a little weary of going all out with a payment gateway because of the initial setup fees and any monthly ongoing costs etc.

What would you suggest she uses?

Should there be an option for Google Checkout too?

Thanks for your advice.

She can open PayPal account free of cost. Yes she should try Google Checkout too.

There is the concern that some customers may be put off by having to have a PayPal account.

Hope the following page helps:
http://www.ecommercewebsites.com.au/accepting-payments.html

Keep in mind that even though clients often want to avoid the extra gateway/merchant fees… this needs to be balanced against opportunity cost.

In many cases, the cost of NOT having a dedicated gateway/merchant account (i.e. losing sales at checkout) is much higher than the cost of having one.

That’s a really good point, Opal.

I don’t think the client is quite ready to go down the gateway/merchant route just yet.

I think for now I’ll advise a redesign and more of a focus on the ‘Buy Now’ buttons with Paypal and Google Checkout.

Thanks for everyone’s input here.

Customers don’t need a PayPal account to pay through PayPal, haven’t for at least 6 years. The payment form is straightforward as any other hosted one – it asks for billing address and credit card info. Make sure your client has a premier or business account (both are free and required to accept credit card-funded payments), and hasn’t disabled Account Optional Checkout in their profile.

If your client is comfortable with PayPal, they have their own merchant services you can use, and the most straightforward pricing you’ll find anywhere. Check out PayPal Website Payments Pro. You won’t have to send the customer to the PayPal website to pay.

You can try Google Checkout or Moneybookers

how on earth did you get from

She hasn’t had too many sales on her site (since it launched in August) and would like me to help out with this.

to

She is however a little weary of going all out with a payment gateway because of the initial setup fees and any monthly ongoing costs etc.

What would you suggest she uses?

Should there be an option for Google Checkout too?

?

between those two quotes, in the original, there’s nothing. the second carries straight on from the first, one sentence after the previous, effortlessly, as if the contents of the second quote couldn’t reasonably be hardly anything else.

how much thought and effort has occurred between the logical points of those two quotes? to get from the first to the second?

just from the info provided in the original question, i’m willing to bet that whatever payment mechanism rejigging is carried out (so long as the changes carried out are constrained to just payment mechanism choices/implementations), it’ll make zero difference.

i reckon the problem of low sales isn’t down to the payment mechanism available.

I’d have to agree with Johnyboy in that if there have been few sales since August there are probably other underlying factors which need attention and not just the Payment Gateway. However, Moneybookers could be a good alternative to avoid a full blown Merchant Account/Payment Gateway. Also PayPal pro would allow a fully integrated Checkout however this has a monthly charge.

As for the most popular payment gateways go, they are probably PayPal, Google Checkout, MoneyBookers, and WorldPay.

Check out CDG Commerce http://cdgcommerce.com/