To many web users, PayPal is not kind of pal they had envisioned when starting their online business. Long on track history but overwhelmingly unpopular among merchants and buyers one is left to wonder why PayPal has continued to grow.
Ignorance and lack of knowledge has a lot to do with PayPal's growth. Many merchants are not aware of potential problems they can encounter depending solely on PayPal for their online payment processing. That is, until they encounter potential customers that won't use PayPal to purchase their products or services. Or worse, they have their PayPal merchant account suspended and funds frozen without notice, effectively shutting down their business.
If you really want to get some idea as to depth of PayPal's unpopularity, you need only to do a search on Google. Type in "PayPal Complaints" and click enter and see what happens. Over 335,000 results and still counting. No other online merchant processor comes close to having this many dissatisfied customers.
'Phishing' is another reason many customers and potential customers are steering clear of PayPal. Not that PayPal is doing 'Phishing', but they are certainly not making a big enough effort to stop it. And why should they? They are not 'Phishing' and they are not losing money. Only customer is. Virtually 100% of online 'Phishing' associated with merchant accounts is done using PayPal name. And even seasoned web users are being scammed by this technique.
Customers can eliminate most, if not all, of 'Phishing' associated with online purchasing by simply using a different service. It is that simple! And there are plenty of good alternatives to PayPal out there that are hungry for your business. None are as big as PayPal and few have been around as long as PayPal. But they are reputable and offer a wide variety of services. And you most likely will never receive any 'Phishing' messages using their names.
So make change now, before it is too late. Our advice is to avoid PayPal if at all possible. And we also would advise you to offer two different online payment options, with at least one providing you with ability to accept payments by check.
Following, you will find most complete listing relating to online payment options. Brief outlines are meant only to give you an idea of what they have to offer. We would suggest taking time to visit each site. Your customers will thank you. And you will most likely eliminate a lot of headaches in process.
2CheckOut 2CheckOut has been offering its services since 1999. 2CheckOut charges $49.00 to open an account with transaction fees of 5.5% plus 45 cents. It does not charge an application fee nor does it impose any monthly or statement fees. http://www.2CheckOut.com
BidPay BidPay has been in business since 1999 and offers services intended for those that buy and sell at online auctions. Sellers receive payments directly to their bank or via Western Unionģ branded money orders. http://www.BidPay.com
BitPass No set-up or maintenance fees for self-installed product. Fees for BitPass Professional range from 15% for items priced $0.01-$5.00 up to 5% + $0.50 for items priced $5.00 and higher. BitPass provides a platform for digital content commerce that bundles authentication, payment, and access control. BitPass enables a la carte and subscription-based purchases at any price point, starting at just one cent. Digital content can be Downloads - Music files, stock photography, games, software, movies, mobile content, crafts; Website Access - Premium website content, Interactive games, subscription sites, online comics, blogs, interactive panoramic photography; Streaming Media - internet radio, concerts, webisodes, movies; and Services - premium database searches, web hosting services, webinars, premium customer support, interactive learning and testing. https://www.bitpass.com
CCNow CCNow is perfect low cost solution to selling your products online. With CCNow, you'll avoid up-front expense and time required to set up e-commerce software, merchant accounts, customer service and more. CCNow is a shopping cart system that will allow you to take all major credit cards without need of a merchant account. http://www.CCNow.com
ClickBank If you have a unique product or service to sell, and it is deliverable over Internet itself (via web pages, files, or email) then ClickBank is for you. They have 100,000 affiliates ready to promote your product. There is a one-time set-up fee of $50.00. Transactions are $1.00 plus 7.5%. http://www.ClickBank.com
DigiBuy Using DigiBuy's ecommerce service, you can quickly and inexpensively build a secure shopping cart to merchandise your products, take orders online, process payments, and distribute digital products over Internet. Transaction fee is 13.9% with a $3.00 minimum. http://www.DigiBuy.com
Ibill In business since 2002, Ibill is perfect for merchants that sell services and subscriptions. Merchants can accept payments online by credit card, check, and phone. Has numerous fee schedules but most common is for businesses that sell up to $9,999.00 in a billing cycle. That charge is 15.19%. http://www.ibill.com
Ikobo This is a money transfer service that has been providing services since 2001. No application fee or set-up fees and transaction fees range from $1.99 - $2.99 plus 29 cents. Payments that are received are deposited to your Ikobo Visa Debit Card or your bank account. http://www.IKobo.com
Moneybookers Ltd. Moneybookers enables any business or consumer with an email address to securely and cost-effectively send and receive payments online Ė in real-time! Moneybookers delivers a product ideally suited for small businesses, online merchants, individuals and others currently underserved by traditional payment mechanisms. Does not charge for set-up or applying and has no monthly fee. Transaction fees range from 2% - 8%, depending on how payments are made. http://moneybookers.com
MonPay Monpay has been doing business since 2003. With it, you can sell products and services on web sites, auctions, and even by email. It does not charge for set-up or applying and has no monthly or hidden fees. Transaction fees for checks or credit cards are 2.95% plus 55 cents. http://www.monpay.com/