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Old 10-26-2008
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Default How to get paid if leery of paypal
O.K., I just read a thread about the best way to get paid. A lot of people responded use paypal. I got burned with paypal. I had a paypal account but had not used it in 3 years. I get my bank statement and they are charging me a fee for insufficient funds, which it turns out is a $ 3,700 purchase "made" by "me" through paypal. Needless to say it wasn't me so I had to close all my bank accounts attached to the paypal account because my bank said that they could guarantee me the "purchase" would try to go through again 2 more times. I would have gotten hit with more fees by my bank since they would only write off the fees one time. I saw people use something on google, any more info would be helpful. Sometimes people say no money orders, why...are they easy to fake?

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I don't use PayPal; I feel that their fees are simply too high. I accept cheques or cash or Interac money transfer. Check with your bank, Interac money transfer is available in Canada through the major banks, but I don't know if it is available in the US.

Interac is done through on-line banking. The customer makes the payment to the Vendor and a message is sent to the Vendor via email. The Vendor receives and email and includes a link to click to deposit the money in their own bank account. I use it often to transfer money between the business account and my personal account (different banks). The beauty of this service is that the Customer pays the service charge ($1.50), not the Vendor. The service fee is the same whether the payment is $100 or $1,000.

Here is a link telling more about it: http://www.interac.ca/merchants/prod...es_ol_main.php

No one has used this payment method with me yet, but it's a viable option.
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Google Checkout is another option besides the ones Julia mentioned.
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Google Checkout is another option besides the ones Julia mentioned.

That looks great! It's about half the cost of PayPal.
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Darn it! Google Checkout is only available in the US and UK - hope it's made available to Canada soon.
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Another useful service for people with a UK bank account is NoChex - with a Merchant Account you can accept international payments.
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That sounds like not so much a PayPal problem as it is a hacking problem. I'd keep an eye on all online accounts, and file a complaint with PayPal on that one.
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I haven't heard of google checkout on a VA website but of course the idea of charging the client instead of the VA for payment process is appealing. I use paypal but I don't like the charges. It's very convenient though and my clients have paypal accounts so it works well for them.

I was thinking of adding google check out instead of paypal but I wonder how many clients would then simply want to start mailing checks to me instead of using google. I didn't want to get into using checks. That was my only thought.

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Thank you, Julia.

I don't like to use Paypal either. (Probably had 100 good transactions, but the one bad one was enough!)

I'm going to look into this Interact thing more closely.

Thanks again.

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I had used paypal for a few years with no problem but when you have a problem, no one wants to handle it. When I called paypal about the transaction they told me it was my bank problem not theirs. The bank said the same thing.
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