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Accepting Credit Cards

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Hey Guys.


I'm trying to set up our store, but I've hit what seems like a dead-end.


We want to be able to accept credit cards. I have the module called "credit cards" - but is any money actually withdrawn from the credit card? And where does that money go?


How would we get the money OUT to our own accounts? How does this work?


Do we need to use authorize.net? And if so, how does this work?


Any help would be GREAT appreciated.

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You need either....


1.) Your own merchant account and payment gateway. Authorize.net is a good gateway, but you still need a merchant account. If you go through authorize.net directly, it will be more expensive. The best thing to do is to find a authorized auth.net reseller that will give you a merchant account and payment gateway for nothing up front. This is a pretty common promotion if you get the merchant account and gateway together.


With these types of modules, you collect the cc info on your website, and programatically process the payment through the gateway. The money lands in your merchant account, and is batch deposited in your business account once per day.


The standard CC module you are using just collects the CC info, but nothing is processed. This module is for the #3 type of processing cc's below.


2.) A third party processor, such as paypal, 2checkout (big mistake here). There are a few others. During checkout, the customer is taken to a third party website, where they make the payment. The money lands in your account with the third party. Usually there is slightly more restrictions on how you withdrawl the money to your account, and you have less protection in the event of fraud.


3.) Off line, or near line processors. This is where you have a merchant account and a virtual terminal. So you collect the CC information on your website, and then have to manually enter it in on your vitual or real physical cc terminal. It's a little more manual, but it's usually alot cheaper this way.


There's a ton more information about cc payment processors in my blog.


NOTE: As of Oct 2006, I'm not as active in this forum as I used to be, but I still work with osC quite a bit.

If you have a question about any of my posts here, your best bet is to contact me though either Email or PM in my profile, and I'll be happy to help.

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