Hi there Luke,
I have already done the customization, I posted on the PHP forum here that I wanted to transmit the bank/cc details via email and loads of people freaked out LOL.
I already have SLL setup and the pages on which the data is entered are secure, however, as mentioned above, I cannot escape the fact that that data must be sent to a third party (our distributor) in order to process the order.
I don't want any staff you see, I want a fully automated drop-ship service. I understand that sending details via email is risky but I do not appear to have any other choice as PayPal do not offer fulfillment virtual terminal services to transfer sensitive data between vendors and distributors.
It's really annoying actually because I feel that they are not offering this service just because they don't want to encourage a business model which doesn't maximize their own profits. In effect, they are unable in this situation to take a fee proportional to the product purchased. Another example of corporate power-mongering even in today's free internet.
I am not sure that sending data via email is illegal and if it isn't I have all of the skills to use the latest technology to secure it as much as possible, I am just fishing on here for any possible alternatives first.
In an ideal world, I would like to install a 3rd party VT which allows the following sequence of events:
- Customer Enters Details into VT.
- Vt provider transfers order details to distributor for a pre-agreed fee.
- Distributor fulfills the order and sends us our cut.
Sounds simple doesn't it but PayPal doesn't like it so I don't know if anyone knows of any other VT providers that do this?