Shopping carts to accept credit cards over the Internet without leaving the site
June 29, 2012 4:50 PM Subscribe
Please help me understand how to accept credit card payments online for a fussy merchant, who wants to set up a shopping cart to sell luxury items, but fears using PayPal will make him look like he is "selling toys on eBay."
posted by steinsaltz to Work & Money (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Trying to build a low-cost shopping cart for a small businessman, using open-source software. He wants to be able to accept credit card numbers online, but I can't figure out the best way to do this.
I assumed, without thinking about it, that it would be cool to just set this up with a PayPal merchant account. But he thinks this will make him look amateurish if the purchaser has to jump over to PayPal and back. He wants to accept credit cards.
Is this something I could do with Authorize.net or a higher-end PayPal plan: to let the seller accept credit cards but make it look like we haven't left his website, instead of something where you jump to another service?
He seems so set on this that he would rather have credit card numbers sent through an HTML form rather than have buyers go to PayPal. I guess I understand where he is coming from, but I seem to have memories of websites with slick enough E-commerce third parties that you don't really notice. Maybe it's still an option, if there's some way to convince him.
If it helps, he normally enters credit card payments by hand, at his business, into something called BestMerchantRates.com.
Trying to avoid high-cost hosted E-commerce.