a list of services, comparison websites, and other info.
It seems like there is a new thread about this every week, so I decided to make a sticky post about it.
Generally, the threads go something like this:
1. A developer asks, "Which E-Commerce service should I use?"
2. Someone will reply, "BMT Micro"
3. Then someone else will reply, "Plimus"
4. Then a small discussion about the various pros and cons of each will be discussed, perhaps throwing in names like Regnow and SWREG too.
Most developers who post here use Plimus or BMT Micro, and swear by them. Personally, I use BMT, and couldn't be happier- but the same can be said for the people who use Plimus too. Anyway, each service is different, and basically comes down to which service is right for you. There is a very helpful site which displays a nice feature comparison chart, along with pricing:
Hope that helps! :-)
a list of services, comparison websites, and other info.
Last edited by george; 02-03-2005 at 11:16 AM.
The sticky thread is a great idea. But I guess this thread belongs to Indie Basics.
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Indeed it does, moved :)
A person looking at all of the options should consider if they want to support a company (Digital River) that has bought out the majority of its competitors. Most of the companies offering software registration services are now owned by DR. I won't go into a self-righteous rant about it, but if you didn't know, then you really should. Here's an article: Digital River's Destructive Acquisition Strategy
That article is a bit out of date, my provider ShareIt has been bought out since! There are pro's and con's to buy outs. I haven't noticed any negative effects on ShareIt and recommend them as a payment provider, particularly for Europeans because the bank transfer charges are low.
I always suggest Charge.com.
You get a super easy and quick PHP API for processing credit card orders. You just set some variables, call a function in your PHP file, and it does the transaction for you. It'll tell you whether it went through successfully or if it suspects fraud. You can also use a nice online page to manually make charges manually or give refunds.
They can also process checks over the internet, integrate into some free shopping cart systems, and the API can calculate taxes and shipping charges for you too. You don't have to have a merchant account and setup is free.
Charge.com will cost you $40/month plus 25 cents and 2.39% of each transaction. Minus the $40/month, you'll get $19.27 out of every $20 you sell, which means you keep more of your money.
I personally will roll my own check out system right on my domain using charge.com because it looks more professional, I have complete control, and I get more money per purchase.
Just wanted to mention charge.com because I've found it to be such a great deal in doing e-commerce systems for other commercial websites.
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I have made little freeware games and one popular freeware game... I was thinking paypal, but I am scared to start it.
What if I somehow get 2000 orders. That is lot of work to send serial number for the game...
Is there anyway to make everything automatic?
And is it illegal to sell games without company?
I mean international selling...
Well, unless you've reinvented sliced bread, you'll have plenty of time to switch your method of payment before you get 2,000 orders. Don't worry about it. You should worry if it's effective enough as a payment method or not.Originally Posted by Zatt
You can automate selling through PayPal with their IPN (Instant Payment Notification) system.
Probably not, as long as you don't "forget" to pay your taxes. If you are a minor, you probably aren't allowed to sign contracts, so keep that in mind. Other than that, give your local government or chamber of commerce a call. They can tell you all you need to know.And is it illegal to sell games without company? I mean international selling...
OK.. Thanks for your help mahlzeit...
I'm a freeware game developer, but I want to venture in a shareware market...
BMT micro looks good, but does anyone know if it will provide all the papers to fill out my taxes?
I am signed up with BMT micro as it seemed to offer the best terms for my needs.. even though I haven't released anything yet ;)
I have heard of ShareIt and even checked it out a couple of times but what are the real options for UK developers who want to receive payments in GBP and not pay massive USD to GBP conversion charges.
I think this thread would be more usefull if we had general guidelines for developers from DIFFERENT parts of the world instead of treating everyone as US based.
U.S : dollars
U.K : pounds
Most other places can easily fall under the US providers but we have to jump through so many hoops in the U.K with VAT and Conversions (and low $/Â£ ratio at the moment).
This thread is GREAT and I am very glad that you bumped it :)
GoDaddy.com's Economy hosting package looks pretty good for $3.95 a month:
500 email accounts
Windows or Linux
99.9% uptime guarantee.
Does it look like there's a catch?
Yes. It sucks. It may be "up" all the time, but it's slow as hell. I'm using that for TIGRS right now, but only until TIGRS is more popular. As soon as version 2 is released, I suspect many more than just a handful of developers will use it, and there will be a real need to switch to a real server. Also, the SQL is very spotty and limited. Unless you're hosting family photos, don't go with Go Daddy's hosting. It sucks.Originally Posted by GhostRik
For developers who are just getting started and do low-volume credit card processing take a look at Propay. No monthly fees, $35 per year, 3.5% plus $.35 for each sale. You have to type in the card number, exp date, and amount.
Then once your volume is higher, move to one of the more advanced services.
hi. trymedia sounds very very nice indeed, but they seem to be coy about their commision rates and transaction fees. do you know where we can find out about them?Originally Posted by paulhuxt
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You can use PayPal account with most ecommerce providers (plimus, esellerate, etc.)
I offer a payment service to any authors interested: SV (Stormcloud Ventures) Payments.
- Secure Credit Card processing (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover) with fraud screening with a built-in shopping cart functionality without needing to install anything on your site at all
- 6% flat fee, no minimum
- NO startup, gateway or monthly fees or service fees of any kind
- Check mailed to you every month in USD (to account for any chargebacks), with full receipts of every order sent to you as they happen
I've been in the biz for over 7 years and already processed hundreds of payments, so i'm not out to rip anybody off. :)
Feel free to e-mail me (or PM me here) if anyone finds this interesting: firstname.lastname@example.org
regshare.com seems to have expired and is now a crappy search page thing.
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Nowadays PayPal offers paying with credit card even without owning a paypal account, as well as some shopping cart features etc.
What are your main reasons today to use e.g. Plimus instead of just using PayPal? PayPal is considerably cheaper.
I can think of following reasons:
* Some users refuse to use PayPal (should be rare?)
* Plimus offers perhaps richer tools for coupons and more add-on services like mailing the game on a CD
* Plimus offers slightly wider set of payment options, including a bit rare ways (cheque, order by phone, ...)
* Plimus can pay the taxes directly for you
Are there some more significant reasons as these which I have overlooked? Everybody is using a service like Plimus or Regnow, so I keep thinking there must be some strong reason for that beyond the ones I listed.
The big reasons you are missing on your list is PayPal's exceptionally poor customer service (with you the vendor as the customer) and their practice of locking down accounts as a means of "dispute resolution". Your ability to process payments can be taken away for weeks because somebody makes a complaint against you. And it's very difficult to reach a human being at PayPal to get it fixed.
Well, that's what people were saying a year ago. I don't know if it's changed.