[ic] PayPal

Grant listbox at email.com
Mon Sep 22 11:44:41 EDT 2003

> Terral Artis wrote:
> > Hoping that someone will finally have a solution for the PayPal
> IPN soon.
> >
> > 1.  Over 27 million PayPal users as of 2003
> > 2.  75 + shopping carts integrate with PayPal
> >
> Then, if you need it based on your statistical concerns, either do the
> work yourself or hire one of the many talented consultants on this
> list.  I, for one, do not need it and could care less if that 'function'
> was added to the system...  Just remember, PayPal comes as a price that
> the average eBayer is willing to soak, but not a volume merchant...  IMHO

I hope I don't sound argumentative, but I'm not sure what you mean by a
"price".  I think Paypal's rates are aroud 2.1% which is about the same as a
regular card processor (I use both).  But maybe you meant the price of
security.  I remember a recent post by Ed LaFrance citing the security
concerns involved with enabling WideOpen, which he said would be required to
exploit the full functionality of the Paypal IPN.  eBay's API uses HTTP XML
requests and XML responses, and (from Ed's post) it sounds like Paypal's
system works differently.  Maybe they'll change it or release an
alternative.  I think Ed's conclusion was that a generated Paypal link on
the receipt page is the way to go right now.

- Grant

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