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paypal announces new micropayment system
« on: September 06, 2005, 01:57:09 PM »
http://www.sharehold...1765&Category=US

could be good news for donation based sites that want to accept small payments without incurring high processing fees.

from slashdot article today: http://slashdot.org/...l?tid=98&tid=187

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Re: paypal announces new micropayment system
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2005, 02:38:00 PM »
Interesting pricing structure. Can't quite see how it is going to work. Does the item price have to be less than $2 or the total payment?

If it is the total payment it isn't very good from a sellers point of view as there is basically a 10% transaction fee - which to my mind is quite heavy.

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Re: paypal announces new micropayment system
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2005, 02:58:10 PM »
i think its total payment.

10% might sound heavy but its much better than the going rate for transactions under $2.

right now paypal is currently the cheapest rate of all the services i know, and they take a commission of something like 3% PLUS 30 cent minimum.  its the minimum that kills you for such low payments, and paypal is much better than most.  some of the shareware services want to take like $2 minimum.

so the key to micropayment being good for receiver is to reduce the minimum.  since the micropayment is "5 percent plus 5 cents per transaction", thats pretty darn good.