Hosted Payment Options

I wrote separately about Payvment, a hosted payment solution that also allows you to create a storefront on Facebook. I haven’t done too much research on other hosted payment options, but here are a few I am aware of. Please use the comments feature to let us know of any others.

  • E-junkie provides shopping cart and buy now buttons to let you sell downloads and tangible goods on your website, eBay, MySpace, Google Base, CraigsList and other websites using PayPal Standard, PayPal Pro, Google Checkout, Authorize.Net, TrialPay, ClickBank and 2CheckOut.

    For merchants selling downloads, we automate and secure the digital delivery of files and codes. If you are selling tangible goods, we automate the shipping calculation and inventory management. Our shopping cart has a built in sales tax, VAT, packaging and shipping cost calculator.

    E-junkie has no transaction limit, no bandwidth limit, no setup fee and no transaction fee.

  • Chargify. Claims to simplify recurring billing for Web 2.0 and SaaS companies. No contracts to sign. No setup fees. No transaction fees. Free for 1000 "users" (free accounts, useful for a fermium business model) and $10 for each additional 1000 users. For paying customers pricing is free for the first 50 and starts at $49 a month for up to 500, with additional tiered pricing available.

  • Wufoo is actually an online form builder, but one that allows you to accept payments directly from within your form. There is a free option which handles up to 3 forms and 100 total entries each month and the paid options range from $14.95 to $199.95 per month.

  • Recurly makes it simple to offer subscription-based services. It believes it can differentiate itself in two key ways. First, they do not get paid until you get paid. There are no hidden or monthly fees here. Recurly takes a percentage of each transaction, ranging from 1 to 3 percent depending on volume. Recurly’s other big selling point is the ability to offer customers a way to easily upgrade or downgrade service plans. What this means is that if an end user decides they want to switch to a lower-tier pricing structure for a service, Recurly can handle that seamlessly. And "seamless’ is probably the key word for everything Recurly is trying to do. If you don’t want to deal with APIs, you can come to the site and set up a payment form widget in a few steps. Or maybe your site requires a bit more customization. There are APIs available to you that still hook into Recurly’s system and give you the same kind of data and analytics that you would get with the simple widget.

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