Introduction To Ecommerce RRS feed

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  • You have something you want to sell on the Internet. Maybe it's a book, or a CD or
    a piece of software you wrote. You are in luck. The time has never been better.
    Internet shopping has become a mainstream activity. Increasing numbers of people
    are willing to open the wallet to purchase items or services over the Net.
    "But," you say, "How do I collect the money from the customer?"
    Good question. There are several methods of collecting monies from online sales.
    Many online merchants offer 2-3 choices of payment methods so customers will
    have options.
    1. First, you can ask online customers to send you a check. When the check
    arrives and clears the bank, you deliver the product. If this is your only method of
    transacting a sale, you will lose many, many customers. The Internet is based on
    impulse buying. Very few people will go to effort of writing and mailing a check,
    and then wait several weeks for delivery. Most merchants offer this option to
    accommodate people who do not have credit cards.
    2. If you are already accepting credit card transactions for products or services
    that you sell offline, you can ask web customers to phone or fax you with their
    credit card information. Then, you can process the transaction manually. Please
    avoid asking people to email you their credit card information. Almost everyone
    knows that email is insecure and this request will damage your credibility in the
    eyes of potential customers. If you opt for the phone method, be prepared to handle
    calls 24/7. The Internet is a global community and people expect to shop at their
    You will attract more sales if you provide an 800 number. However, be aware that
    800 numbers are not globally accessible. You risk losing international sales if this is
    your only method of transacting payments.
    Asking customers to phone in their credit information will generate more sales than
    asking for checks. However, your sales will be increase considerably if you provide
    a means for customers to make their payments online.
    3. You can accept credit card transactions online over secure lines.
    Internet merchants indicate that this method is the single most effective means of
    conducting transactions. Without the ability to process credit cards, your online
    sales will be a fraction of what they could be. More about this later.
    4. You can use alternative methods of accepting online payment. There are
    several alternative technologies available. Each comes with its own strengths and
    weaknesses. Your choice will depend upon your individual situation. More later.
    Wednesday, February 7, 2007 2:46 PM

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  • suppose u have a made a ecommerce site  eg: ebay.com

    and if the hacker has made the same fake page of urs website and then he can steal all the credit card no. of the customers

    and the customer will not even know  ..

    so how u will protect your ste

    its not so safe to save it from the hackers...


    Tuesday, February 27, 2007 7:07 AM
  • Thanks for the nice Information...

    can you tell us something about paypal also.

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007 6:19 PM