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    Processing the credit cards off line

    Reading all the comments regarding offline card process. Either I am going to jail or most of the reservations about htis process are wayyyy off base. As a government contractor I am required to process my contract payments by credit card. The process goes like this: 1. I invoice the Fed, receive a fax with payment authorization, 3. Log onto my merchant account , type in the credit card information and the money shows up in my bank within three days, usually two. I have been doing it like this for almost five years, and VISA/MC approved the process in advance, after verifying my identify and business information. I cannot see how taking the info at the website and manually punching it in is any different. I will gladly stand corrected if someone ca do so, although my five years of experience doing this will be hard to dispute. FULL DISCLOSURE:, I do not store information on my site and I am using Agora5 shopping cart. The only reason I do is because of the offline credit card processing feature.
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    Can't find my customers

    No offense, everybody, but I just QUIT!! I find so many errors, bugs and pitfalls in this program that I spend all my time editing the software and no time running my business. I pulled out an old copy of AGORA version 5.2, uploaded it to my server and in five minutes I was online, including the USPS shipping module. I find this program superior, and it is so powerful and versatile that I can do almost anything I want with minimum programming. Of course that means I will soon screw up something and have to scratch my head, but at least I know that mistakes won't force me to tear out my hair. I am going to stick with Agora for now and drop OSC until it has been upgraded a few years. Good luck and God bless you all! frazierslist.com/store52
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    Can't find my customers

    FINALLY!!! The error message I got when trying to manually insert a customer kept mentioning the INCORRECT DOB format. Well, I was configured to not even ASK for DOB, so I just deleted the field from the DB and IT WORKED!!! Thanks for your tip on the DB. As for the shipping module, after I finally got a customer base to work with, I just uninstalled the shipping module, reinstalled it, and it worked as well. Even though I arrived at my solutions in a round about way, none of it would have been remotely possible were it not for the many tips and clues I got from you guys. I can't thank you enough. Here's hoping someone else will benefit from this information as well.
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    Can't find my customers

    No trouble accessing the DB...which has no customers in it, not even the "John Doe" sample.
  5. Anybody know why the customer never makes it into the file? My customers create a new account, receive the welcome email but can't login because the system says they have not registered. I guess there is a file somewhere that says CUSTOMER and I need to find it and ....do what??
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    shipping issue usps and ups

    I followed all your instructions to the letter...still not working. USPS keeps telling me that everything is in place on THEIR end and that I should contact my third party provider. I read a while back that osc had a NEW USPS module, but no one said where to get it. Any help with that? Thanks
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    USPS shipping module testing

    So goes almost every type of government operation I have ever encountered. Sure hope I never get sick! If I can figure this out (like I did once before) I will post the s=answer.
  8. If it is possible and not too much trouble, could someone post the test string sent to USPS for testing the shippingAPI module? Not your site did or anything like that, but just the string with the site address blocked out. I can better understand the president's health scare bill than the email USPS sent me.
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    OsCommerce Download Feature

    Looks a lot like a configuration problem to me, although it doesn't make sense that it shows a price on one page and not the other. Try re-listing the item and see what happens or would it be possible to let me look at your store and see for myself?
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    shipping issue usps and ups

    If they sent you a login that THEY created, then you are ready for the testing. If not, then you have missed a step somewhere. I would send an email to that address I sent and ask for directions. They are very good at responding, although sometimes it takes a while. You just need to test the API module they have by logging on to a site they set up special for your login. Once that testing is complete they send a message approving your participation. I wish I had kept the emails, of which there were about TEN because I kept getting confused. I found a copy of the UPS module. Now all I have to do is try and get it installed.
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    shipping issue usps and ups

    If you have not done so, contact USPS at icustomercare@usps.com and get information of getting your ShippingAPI registration done. They will walk you through the process form there. If you don't pester them with questions almost daily, it will take MONTHS like it did me, but it shouldn't take more than a few days. As for your UPS shipping module, any idea where I can get that?
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    oscommerce admin tool

    OK, I think I can follow what you just said (that is SO scary!), and I should be able to get that part right. Thanks for taking the time to help me with this. It is so nice meeting people who are nice to dummies.
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    oscommerce admin tool

    I am told that instructions and a few other files are included, but not in the file I downloaded. Anyway, I figured out how to get my downloads to work, but can't figure out how to prevent customer from downloading before payment is confirmed. I suppose this means I must email the file to the customer after I have confirmed payment, which means I need to DISABLE the download feature. Bummah! P.S. Did I mention that I never did install Super Download Shop? Apparently I didn't need it in the first place unless it might solve the pproblem listed above
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    OsCommerce Download Feature

    Here's what happened to me: I stumbled around the configuration page until I got to ORDERS STATUS. When I edited each status (Pending, Processing, etc) I noticed that PENDING (which is my default for credit card payments) was checked NOT to allow downloads and the others were. So I just checked ALLOW DOWNLOADS and it worked! Problem with THAT, however, is that the customewr can download before payment is actually made.
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    oscommerce admin tool

    Good question. I downloaded Super Download Shop and all I got was Super_Download_Shop_v1.1.tar, which unzipped to reveal a directory called Super_Download_Shop_v1.1.tar, which contained a FILE called, umm, Super_Download_Shop_v1.1.tar. It is like holding a mirror up to another mirror. All you get is an infinite series of duplicate images. Did I miss something?
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