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I am currently trying to setup a website with a simple online shop. Now for the online payments I'm struggling a bit to gather the information of all the things I'd like to know before making a decision. There are different banks, "externalizers", modules etc. and it seems to me that everywhere they want some money and I am not quite sure what for! So to get things straight - where should I expect charges? And if possible, what is the most economic or even free solution? I do not know if this little web-shop is going to work out. I see this list for example (https://drupalcommerce.org/faq/payment-methods) and do not understand how these things work except that every entity says that they are really awesome :-/. I do not find out how I will get the money transferred (and what countries).

I do not really get how online payment works: I need a bank account and something that transfers the money - so 2 things right?

  • Should I expect to pay for a module?
  • What should I expect to pay to the bank or entity that is transferring the money?
  • What are free/economic solutions?
  • Are there any traps/problems what kind of credit cards will be accepted?
  • Is there any resource that gives an organized overview of the segment?

Thanks for your help

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  • you shouldn't pay for the module itself, most gateways have free modules, see https://drupalcommerce.org/extensions/module/payment. When you click on each module the CommerceGuys have been so nice to list transaction fees
  • I recommend not using a gateway charging more than PayPal. See their fees here: https://www.paypal.com/dk/webapps/mpp/merchant
  • Laws on online payments differ from country to country, so there isn't one answer to this. To my knowledge PayPal is the closest thing to free. No-one handles payments for free but some don't take setup fees, only transaction fees.
  • Accepting cards directly on your site requires a lot from you, both in terms of subscription to an organization offering merchant accounts (NETS in my case charges around 300€ for this in Denmark - and have a monopoly on the market). Proper gateways like ePay etc. furthermore charges a subscription plus transaction fees (on top of whoever has given you the merchant status). Finally you need to meet certain criteria about how you handle payments. For Example:
    • It's illegal to accept payment for something yet to be delivered in DK, so our gateway has to be able to only reserve the money. We're also obliged to offer our terms and conditions on both english & danish. And the list goes on - and varies locally.
  • I recommend you to keep it simple and easy by using PayPal until your sales are high and your knowledge on these matters have increased significantly.
  • For your last question I again recommend the drupal commerce module list in my first bullet
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    thanks so much for your answers. I will go with paypal then – dmeu Sep 16 '14 at 15:23
  • my pleasure, please mark the question as answered (by clicking the √ sign on my answer) – Kristoffer Rom Sep 16 '14 at 15:54

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