Author Topic: Setting up gateway and merchant, need help!  (Read 3213 times)


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Setting up gateway and merchant, need help!
« on: June 14, 2008, 00:12:47 am »
I have been searching around for hours trying to figure this out.  Some people tell me Virtuemart itself is a gateway, others tell me I need a gateway + a merchant account.

I would really appreciate it if someone could hit me up on AIM that is knowledgeable about this, I would extremely appreciate it.  I have some questions.

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Re: Setting up gateway and merchant, need help!
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2008, 02:23:27 am »
You need a merchant account to do anything "sales" online other than Ebay.

To accept payments you need to use a merchant account and payment processor. The payment processor links to your bank and merchant account.

2 ways of doing this involve using a third party gateway like paypal or direct to your bank if you can.

Direct is often cheaper and has more benefits.

1 The Bank has insurance on fraud, pay pal claims it does but attempting to prove anything with pay pal is like using a toothpick to break through a concrete wall.

2 There are no limits on fraud cover with a bank. The crime is a crime, they have to protect their customers and themselves, pay pal is company not bound by banking laws and ay excuse to worm out of something is good for them.

3 You save tax and payment costs by going direct. Depending on where you live, GST / VAT is applied to your sale transfer rates.

The payment processor eway , pay pal charge a free / transaction, so does the bank. each time it adds tax.

Then you have other issues like annual charges, account fees, access charges. On the whole though, a bank is cheaper than a gateway, they don't charge extra for security and insurance, a payment processor often does.

Also a bank will never open a paypal account with someone elses credit card and start purchasing for NIgeria.