If I'm selling my eBook, what's the best way for me to accept payments (which processor)?

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I'd like to avoid PayPal if possible. I think the best option might be setting up a ClickBank account and then listing my product, being my own affiliate so to speak.

I just want them to be able to pay, money to stack up somewhere and when I want, I can send it to my bank account/debit card.
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  • Profile picture of the author vivi62
    hi set it up somewhere else like ejunkie .
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    vivi62
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey M
      Originally Posted by Michael55555 View Post

      What about the Amazon Kindle Store?
      Can you explain how Kindle will fulfil my needs?
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      There's no need for a Plan B because it distracts from Plan A.
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  • Profile picture of the author GISA
    I would say paypal it is so easy, but if you don't want paypal, ejunkie, or get your own merchant account.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Mcalorum
    I'd say clickbank, because of the extra exposure ....
    BUT
    they do have pretty high fees...

    I currently use ejunkie
    (super rad shopping cart, and I've tried them ALL including infusionsoft, 1shopping cart, ect.) and paypal.

    I'd go with paypal because I actually read somewhere that you will
    LOOSE some conversions if you don't accept paypal.

    So, thats just some food for thought.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanmilligan
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      Originally Posted by David Mcalorum View Post


      I'd go with paypal because I actually read somewhere that you will
      LOOSE some conversions if you don't accept paypal.
      He wont LOOSE some conversions, he will lose some. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author sureshonline
    Have a look in commission junction !
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  • Profile picture of the author mar99pan
    I prefer to use paypal, it charge you around 4 % in one payment. It save and quick, you can upgarde to premier or business
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  • Profile picture of the author danube100
    The best method would be use paypal but only the ones that are verified with a credit card or their bank account to make sure that they are genuine people.

    regards
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  • Profile picture of the author TestiVar
    Amazon is the #1 market for books and ebooks.

    Using Clickbank is going to reduce sales because of the reputation that rubs off from the other sellers.

    The same goes for PayPal, not because of the general reputation, but because of the specific reputation associated with PayPal + ebooks. Scammers have historically sold high priced, "promise to solve all of your problems", "get rich quick" type ebooks using PayPal.

    Real ebooks are sold on Amazon.

    You also can't become a "best seller" unless you sell in normal ebook marketing channels.
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  • Paypal is definatly the easiest option.
    Alert Pay is ok but not so many people use it.

    What are your reasons for avoiding paypal if you don't mind me asking?
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey M
      Originally Posted by ExpertSEOServices View Post

      Paypal is definatly the easiest option.
      Alert Pay is ok but not so many people use it.

      What are your reasons for avoiding paypal if you don't mind me asking?
      I just don't want to get limited/lose too much to fees.
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      There's no need for a Plan B because it distracts from Plan A.
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  • Profile picture of the author avhow
    Hi,

    Try FastSpring - E-Commerce, Merchandising & Fulfillment Solution for Desktop Software and SaaS

    It's simple to set up. You can accept credit cards and get a professional looking cart that matches your own website. You can also securely and automatically deliver your product afterwards and also you can auto-brand your ebook so when it is delivered it gets imprinted with clients details.

    I have found them to be reliable and quick to answer any questions.

    For those of you who recommend paypal or clickbank - what backend do you use to ensure your delivery is automated and secure? Just curious.

    Cheers

    Adam
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    Dont know what happened. Used to have hundreds of posts on here. Left for a while - came back and everything gone... no-one answers my emails.... So guess I'll just start from scratch... :0(

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  • Profile picture of the author nbaruchy
    Clickbank because of the extra exposure you'll get thanks to other affiliates promoting your ebook for you. The fees are acceptable since they handle a lot of things for you such as sending out tax forms to affiliates at the end of the year.
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  • Profile picture of the author dragica659
    You can insert AlertPay PayNow button. There Are many people from countries which are not accepted by PayPal.
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  • Profile picture of the author megawarrior
    Just accept Paypal and also have a 2checkout account in hand in case your Paypal gets limited. Do a google search for a discount code to avoid the 2CO $49 sign-up fee.
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey M
      Originally Posted by megawarrior View Post

      Just accept Paypal and also have a 2checkout account in hand in case your Paypal gets limited. Do a google search for a discount code to avoid the 2CO $49 sign-up fee.
      So I can accept all kinds of payments from all kinds of customers including PayPal customers via 2Checkout without worrying about PayPal screwing me over?
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      • Profile picture of the author megawarrior
        Originally Posted by Harvey M View Post

        So I can accept all kinds of payments from all kinds of customers including PayPal customers via 2Checkout without worrying about PayPal screwing me over?
        Yes, payments will be sent to 2CO's Paypal account. However, if you prove too risky for them (i.e. you get lots of chargebacks) they could suspend your account.
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  • Profile picture of the author James B
    I would setup paypal & e-junkie. E-junkie holds your e-book and sends after confirmation of payment once its setup, and you wont have to touch anything besides watching paypal payment coming in your account.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You can use 2checkout only if your product isnt an "internet marketing" related product. So if you're operating in any other kind of niche, 2checkout would be good to go.

    Or you could also always use 1shoppingcart.com.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      You can use 2checkout only if your product isnt an "internet marketing" related product. So if you're operating in any other kind of niche, 2checkout would be good to go.

      Or you could also always use 1shoppingcart.com.
      Randall, I was going through 2CO's long list of prohibited products (and it is a very long list, btw) and it said ""Get-rich-quick Schemes"....it makes no specific reference to internet marketing products at all.

      Are you interpreting "Get-rich-quick Schemes" as IM? I'm wondering if you have actually spoken to someone at 2CO and heard that?
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      Bruce
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      You can use 2checkout only if your product isnt an "internet marketing" related product. So if you're operating in any other kind of niche, 2checkout would be good to go.

      Or you could also always use 1shoppingcart.com.

      1shoppingcart is just the gateway, you will still need a merchant account or plug-n-play with PayPal... something the OP is trying to avoid...
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey M
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      You can use 2checkout only if your product isnt an "internet marketing" related product. So if you're operating in any other kind of niche, 2checkout would be good to go.

      Or you could also always use 1shoppingcart.com.
      It's a sports related eBook. You think CB or 2CO would be best for me?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    Well you can still use PayPal and not run into any problems as long as you let them know ahead of time that you are going to be receiving payments.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Wessman
    Personally I'm a fan of ClickBank. Payments are weekly and always on time plus you get the extra exposure of their marketplace helping you to find affiliates to promote your product.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Here are three observations for you, Harvey ...

      (i) Contrary to what's said/implied a few times above, e-Junkie is not a payment processing system at all: it's simply a product delivery system. e-Junkie doesn't touch the money: if you use their service to deliver your digital product, you'll still need to use PayPal, ClickBank, Google Checkout or whatever other payment method you have, in order to get the money. Why people are suggesting it "as an alternative to PayPal" I can't begin to understand.

      (ii) Contrary to what's said/implied a few times above, AlertPay is unable to process credit-card payments from your customers. Senior Warrior Attorney Brian Kindsvater, an internet lawyer, knows a lot about these things. See what he has to say: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5580761 . Why people are suggesting that "as an alternative to PayPal" I can't begin to understand, either.

      (iii) You might want to ask yourself whether you need to be able to process only credit-card payments, or credit-card payments and PayPal payments. You might have a bigger market if you can take PayPal payments from all the potential customers in the world who don't have credit-cards, even if you want to do that without using your own PayPal account. There are ways of doing that. For example, if you decide that does matter to you, both Plimus and 2Checkout are able to take PayPal payments from your customers and pay you in other ways, without your own PayPal account being needed. If you decide it doesn't matter, then Google Checkout might be another option.

      Good luck with your processing and your sales!
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      • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
        Ditto - every word in this post.

        sorry, but this THREAD is becoming filled with misinformation the longer it runs.

        The comment about ..."
        Well you can still use PayPal and not run into any problems as long as you let them know ahead of time that you are going to be receiving payments..." is incorrect.

        Just one example.


        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Here are three observations for you, Harvey ...

        (i) Contrary to what's said/implied a few times above, e-Junkie is not a payment processing system at all: it's simply a product delivery system. e-Junkie doesn't touch the money: if you use their service to deliver your digital product, you'll still need to use PayPal, ClickBank, Google Checkout or whatever other payment method you have, in order to get the money. Why people are suggesting it "as an alternative to PayPal" I can't begin to understand.

        (ii) Contrary to what's said/implied a few times above, AlertPay is unable to process credit-card payments from your customers. Senior Warrior Attorney Brian Kindsvater, an internet lawyer, knows a lot about these things. See what he has to say: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5580761 . Why people are suggesting that "as an alternative to PayPal" I can't begin to understand, either.

        (iii) You might want to ask yourself whether you need to be able to process only credit-card payments, or credit-card payments and PayPal payments. You might have a bigger market if you can take PayPal payments from all the potential customers in the world who don't have credit-cards, even if you want to do that without using your own PayPal account. There are ways of doing that. For example, if you decide that does matter to you, both Plimus and 2Checkout are able to take PayPal payments from your customers and pay you in other ways, without your own PayPal account being needed. If you decide it doesn't matter, then Google Checkout might be another option.

        Good luck with your processing and your sales!
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  • Profile picture of the author CraigSee23
    My suggestion is to take advantage of the trust that people have on PayPal. It's easy quick and reliable. If your business grows (hopefully ), then maybe you can think about getting your own merchant account.

    HTH
    -Craig
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  • Profile picture of the author Aremutola
    Use E-junkie or clickbank
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  • Profile picture of the author Lorel
    I've used digital vault on several sites. It works with PayPal but your ebook is hidden and not available by anyone until the money is collected by PayPal.
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  • Profile picture of the author GAldane
    In my opinion it is better if you diversify your payment options to your buyers. Because like you your buyers also could have some restrictions for Paypal, alertpay or some specific website. So it is better to let all the options open and let them choose which one they prefer.

    In this way you will increase your chance of selling eBooks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonesy11
    I agree with using e-junkie I have bought some stuff off the net with people using it and its good
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Jonesy11 View Post

      I agree with using e-junkie I have bought some stuff off the net with people using it and its good
      However good it is, Jonesy, it isn't a payment-processing system. :rolleyes:

      You may think of it, in your own mind, as "an alternative to PayPal", but your thinking it so doesn't make it so. When you've "bought stuff off the net with people using it", you've still had to pay them through PayPal, Google Checkout, 2Checkout, or whatever other payment processor they were using to take the money while also using e-Junkie to deliver the product.

      A little hint for you: sometimes it's helpful to read the other replies in the thread, before commenting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bjarne Viken
    This is a question I am still looking for an answer to. I looked through 10-20 alternatives and ended up with FastSpring.

    I am however not a happy camper since they don't have a good affiliate solution. They have a terrible split-pay system that FastSpring appears to have no intention of turning into a well functioning affiliate system. Their so-called partners like Commission Junction are difficult for e-book publishers to accept since they are targeting medium and large businesses.

    There does not seem to be an ideal alternative out there. PayPal does not seem to offer customized order pages, back-end product support or an affiliate system. Clickbank is IMHO in need for serious renovation, their terms and conditions frustrate some so much they switch to PayPal, and their payment landing pages can not be customized.

    If I were you I would have gone with FastSpring. It is not perfect, but it costs nothing to get started with, the support is good, and you might be able to find an affiliate solution that you can add on when you get some decent sales.
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