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Re: New AKA web site

Hello Barry,

On using a credit card over the Internet, I am with George Caruso!

I realize that millions of people use it daily with no problems, but it
is just something not for me. I tend to look at those that DO have
problems with it.

A dual system with a check-by-mail option would suit me fine.



George & Melanie Caruso wrote:
> Barry,
> I am not particularly in favor of using paypal as a means for payment to the AKA
> as I have heard some people have had problems with it. I have also heard some
> people say they have used this method and had no problems with it. I really don't
> like using my credit card over the internet in any way if possible. I know I am
> probably a little paranoid about it but I have never felt totally secure using the
> secure sites for purchasing with a credit card. In most cases I usually get the
> info I need off of the website and do my ordering over the phone. Like I said its
> just something I am not comfortable with. Whatever way you go on this I will still
> more than likely use my old method anyway.
> George
> Barry Cooper wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > As many of you know, the AKA will be moving it's web site to a commercial
> > hosting company as soon as I can get it ready to go live. The main reason
> > is that I am no longer at Cornell, where the old server is hosted.
> >
> > In putting the site together, I have to rebuild a lot of stuff, and I'm
> > doing a complete reorganization and redesign intended to make navigation
> > more easy. Amongst the major tasks I have to do is to rebuild the online
> > store to run on the new server (which is Linux, rather than Mac OS). There
> > are shopping cart solutions provided by the hosting company, or I could
> > choose to use the PayPal shopping cart solution. The advantage of the
> > latter is that we don't have to purchase our own secure certificate, as
> > credit card information is provided to PayPal on their secure servers. This
> > would save the AKA a few hundred bucks at startup, as well as a couple of
> > hundred a year in ongoing costs. The other side of the coin is that I
> > believe that I will have more flexibility to customize a store made with
> > one of the provided shopping cart solutions, including the ability to make
> > the store look more unique.
> >
> > I am posting this message because I'd like input regarding the
> > acceptability of using the PayPal system. As many of you know, this system
> > would pass off a request to pay for an AKA item to PayPal. You need to be
> > signed up with them to make the payment. That means if you are not already
> > signed up, you would have to do so at the time of the purchase by giving
> > them your name, email address and credit card information. It is not a lot
> > different from giving us that information, really. PayPal would bill your
> > credit card and transfer the money, less the appropriate transaction fee
> > (which is less than we currently pay, that is, part of the savings) to the
> > AKA account. We would probably maintain our own merchant credit card
> > account, though, for use at the convention.
> >
> > After all that long explanation, my question is simply this: Do any of you
> > have experience using stores that require payment via PayPal. Do you have
> > any discomfort with this system of payment? Do you like it?
> >
> > Any input will be appreciated. It will certainly be easier and quicker to
> > implement a PayPal based system.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Barry
> >
> > Barry J. Cooper, Prof. Emeritus, Dept. Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University
> > Adjunct faculty, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University
> > Home address: 27505 Riggs Hill Rd., Sweet Home, OR 97386 (bjc3 at cornell_edu)
> >
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