PayPal is a lot cheaper than the Amazon Honor system.
But if you have a merchant account with the bank to handle the tack room credit cards, maybe ejip.net could help - looks like they have cybercash support:
2)Click on the Sell tab
3)Click on the Donations link
4)Specify the name, amount (optional; if you leave amount blank, your donor will be asked to choose a donation amount), and other details of the donation
5)Add more optional information such as custom button graphic and the ability to include a note with the donation
6)Click Create Button Now and the Button Factory will generate customized HTML code
7)Paste the HTML code on your website to create your "Donate" button.
The manual is here:
Is it true that anybody with a credit card could send me a payment through paypal? So let's say somebody wants to buy one of the shirts.... they could set up a pay pal account, push $40 from their credit card into the paypal system and then push it over to me? Would I get an e-mail from pay pal saying this was done? How much of a cut would pay pal take out of the $40?
I've not done much with PayPal, except that my Father in Law has sent the kids birthday money that way. Not sure what their cut is, but I think they charge when you withdraw - cut a check or wire transfer.
Lots of folks are using PayPal to buy/sell stuff on ebay, so it should work for the Tack Room.
Send me some money and I'll let you know how it works
I don't keep an account there, mainly because I trust my Father in Law's judgement (to be not so sharp about such things). So I can't really check into things. But never fear, if you do send $ I can create an account in to extract it.
Further invesigation shows that I need to sign up for a premium account in order for somebdy to give me money from their credit card. And then they want 2.9% plus 30 cents. But that gets charged for all transactions, not just credit cards stuff.
Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
Well, I just tried to move money into my pay pal account from my credit card so I could then have money to give to others. No dice.
you should be able to activate your account with a credit card. On your "my account" screen, there should be an option to "add credit card". Then you should be able to make payments. That is what I did and had no trouble sending you $1.00.
[ September 12, 2002: Message edited by: Thomas Paul ]
One is a "personal" account, for people who have uploaded cash to their own PayPal accounts, so I (theoretically) don't get charged.
One is a "merchant" account which can accept inbound credit card payments, but charges for the privelege.
I tell people both, and explain, and let them choose.
Note that like lots of these systems, they charge for currency conversion, even on the "free" accounts, so don't expect too many easy donations from foreigners ...
The dollar was moved and I now have 67 cents in my account.
Thanks Thomas. I'd give you a dollar back, but apparently I don't have it!
Originally posted by Cindy Glass:
I sent you a dollar also. I think that they drop the money into your account, which you can then get put to your credit card - or get them to cut you a check on occasion.
Cutting a check costs money. But they will transfer the money to your bank account for free.
Maybe the thing to do is to set up a second account (kinda like Frank) called email@example.com where people that are paypal savvy can push money over without taking the credit card hit.
So maybe the next step (before the banner) is to create a page that sort of explains some of this.
I would expect that the money has not yet been "confirmed" and has a temporary lock on it. When you deposit a large personal check from someone else in a bank, there is often a lock on it until the funds actually clear.
It is possible that the Credit Cards authorized the transfer, but have not yet actually transferred the funds. Wait a day or two and try again and see if the funds have been cleared.
13901 East Deer Creek Road
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(OK - it actually says Brenda - but that is cuz she actually mails out the tackroom stuff in between taking the kids to school and milking the goats :roll: I am not completely sure that a new server would be HER priority ).
Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
Well, I set up two more accounts. firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com - then I made a web page: http://www.javaranch.com/donate.jsp - we'll probably hook it up to the home page in the next day or two. Does it look okay? Does it work okay?
I would like to make some donations that i can via donate.jsp,but want to know what plans you have with that money.Not kidding asking in good thought only.
One suggestion though: Please edit all the messages in this thread to use the example of $20 transaction instead. Wow the power of suggestion. Everyone will be dropping Andrew Jacksons at you.
So when you have pizza delivered, you give the delivery guy two bucks. What is he using that money for?
I thought we set this all up because people wanted to help out with a couple of bucks. Maybe there is some service you want us to perform or provide - in which case, it seems that you should e-mail me I'll tell you what I'll charge you to do it.
So now there's about thirteen bucks sitting in the kitty. What am I going to do with it? Leave it for now. By the end of the year it might be a hundred bucks.
I can tell you what I want to do. We fantasized about this in the MO forum a few months ago. Only then it was "what if we sold heaps of banner space!" - oh sure, there were lots of practical ideas for projects, servers, and the like. Maybe even some full time empoyees, like other sites have. But the thing I liked the best was to be able to fly all the sheriffs and bartenders over to my place for a few days and have a party.
A few years ago I dropped $5000 on "loot": mugs, tote bags, pens, fly swatters ("stop writing code that attracts flies!"), etc. It would be cool to do that sort of thing again.
So, a direct answer to the direct question of what will be done with this money: I dunno. How much money are we talking about?