[ic] Authorizenet question?

Duane Hinkley duane at downhomewebdesign.com
Sat Feb 26 20:41:26 EST 2005

Scott Martin wrote:

> Hi
> Just the other day we had a credit card processing company salesman at 
> our office. We currently take cards over the phone and asked him if 
> they  do e commerce applications. He tells me they offer authorize.net 
> & I need software at a cost of approx $ 500.00 US.
> Is this something I really need or does the perl module take care of it?
> Very new to all this but appreciate any suggestions, alternatives etc.
> Thanks
> Scott Martin
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Be warry of Merchant account salesman.  They make their money off 
commission so their goal is to sell you as much as possible.  I've seen 
new businesses stuck with over $600 in a deluxe credit card terminal 
equipment, high monthly fees and a three year contract.  They often 
don't realize they can buy compatable equipment on Ebay for around $100 
or they can buy a cheaper version equipment.  I've even had them  tack 
on services I didn't request. 

Also read the agreement with them closely.  I had one sell me a one year 
contract them claim is was a three year contract when I tried to cancel 
after a year.  I was fortunate I read the contract and he didn't.

It doesn't surprise me he wants you to buy more than you need.  All you 
need is a Merchant Account and the Authorizenet gateway service.  You 
also don't have to buy the Authorizenet service from your Merchant 
account salesman.  If you have an existing merchant account you can 
contact Authorizenet directly and they'll get you set up very quickly, 
normal a day.



Duane Hinkley
Down Home Web Design, Inc.
(208) 424-0572 Fax(208) 587-0738

duane at downhomewebdesign.com

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