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Old 10-03-2001, 03:22 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I have a few tennis websites that have been doing great and I took many photos this summer in tournaments that I would like to sell on a store. I know a few companies offer these types of services but someone may know which one is the best for me

1-First of course, I need a cutosmizable store that can offer me a chance to place a few hundred items..

2-Also, I would really like if I had nothing to do with the actual payment of the items, if the company could process the transactions and give me the amount minus their commission

3-0$ startup fees would be the best..if that's not possible, as low as possible

4-Possibility to set up a pay-per-sale affiliate program

I tried Verza.com but it's not that good from my experience, mostly because users are brought out of your site before the transaction and are presented with this new copany they don't know

It would be best if the users had the impression they were dealing with me all the way and that there simply is a tier party to process the transactions...

Thanks in advance for your help!

Pierre Cantin
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Old 10-04-2001, 08:44 AM   #2
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anyone ?
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Old 10-04-2001, 09:56 AM   #3
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Two service solutions along these lines immediately spring to mind, but I have little personal experience with either. These are:

1. ClickBank
2. Revecom

Fortunately, I'm aware that there are a few geeks who are active clients of each of these firms, so hopefully they'll pipe in with a few suggestions as to how best to minimise your overheads and maximise the outsourcing of the messier elements such as establishing a shopping cart, merchant account and processing gateway when using these or other ASPs.

Until then, feel free to investigate the above services independently to gauge whether or not you consider them an appropriate match for your needs.

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Old 10-04-2001, 10:10 AM   #4
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You can always launch a Yahoo! Store

http://store.yahoo.com

They offer a free 10-day trial

and then launch your affiliate program at Commission Junction.
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Old 10-05-2001, 03:31 AM   #5
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I use bigstep.com.
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Old 10-05-2001, 09:38 AM   #6
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I started building a site about building stores at www.merchantkit.com

Here is what I know on the specifics of answering your question

with ClickBank
1. Yes but you need your own web site as well. ClickBank just deals with the payment. There is a max of 50 or 99 items per account, I can't remember whether it's 50 or 99. You can do more than this with one account by using the CGI passing stuff they document on their site, but this is non-trivial unless you are a CGI expert. All products have to be delivered over the Internet. Downloads, via email, as passwords, web pages etc.
2. Yes
3. I think it's $49.95
4. Yes

I am not 100% certain about Verza and Verotel (they are related or own by the same company). I know Verotel can do recurring billing and is mostly used for membership sites in my experience. Again I think you do need you own web site. Pretty sure ateast Verotel has an affiliate option

There is also CCNow

There is also ProPay, but I don't know for sure if this would be enough for a store. I think there is or was a free setup option
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Old 10-05-2001, 10:46 AM   #7
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Thanks guys for your help..I'll continue going through these programs..however clickbank is not possible as an option since it requires to be a USA based company to set up a marchant account where you sell non-internet based services..

Also, I really have no problem with building the website, it's more about the transactions..

Wildcomputer, I'll check out your page..thanks
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Old 10-06-2001, 05:49 AM   #8
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Pete - Want THE best deal on the Internet? It's www.apc.net Not only is it the most powerful, including a foolproof wysiwyg site set up, but includes all you'll ever need to manage it. It figures out your shipping charges & taxes, and can track & access your customer and buyer activity 5 different ways. The best part of all is their 100% dedication to helping people, and I mean _helping_, 24/7. I have set up several online stores, (including Samsung's first mall), and apc.net is the best _by far_.
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Old 10-06-2001, 09:12 AM   #9
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apc.net seems fine, but once again it only accepts US merchants.
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Old 10-06-2001, 10:55 AM   #10
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I've just found this site, take a look:
http://www.merchant-accounts.ca/

Does anyone know this company?
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Old 10-06-2001, 11:19 AM   #11
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pete a little off topic but do you still run that affilate program on clickxchange? The banner image is broken. Its so hard to find sponsers for celeb sites, and It was nice to promote yours.
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Just checked out merchant-accounts.ca and to be honest the 500$ set up cost is just too much given the fact that I don't know what ot expect from such a service..

Cybmike, wow I had noticed the banner was offline... I just repaired that, thanks for the notice..yes I am still running the program on a smaller run though right now since as you know revenue is also down for celeb sites
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Old 10-06-2001, 08:48 PM   #13
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Not only does www.merchant-account.ca charge a $500 set up fee, (way out of line), but they're in Canada. I learned my lesson the hard way to_never_ do business with anyone out of the country. If you have a problem - too bad - you can't sue them, or even threaten to sue them.
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Skystar,
since Pete is a Canadian resident himself merchant-account.ca may be a good choice for him.
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Yes, good point but I would not pay 500$ to use a program I have never heard feeback on...
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