[nycphp-talk] OT: Evite-Like Service

Jeff Siegel jeff987654 at
Tue Nov 18 13:32:57 EST 2008

It's the "push them into using Paypal" aspect of the Paypal account that also, well, ticks me off.


----- Original Message ----
From: Paul A Houle <paul at>
To: NYPHP Talk <talk at>
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 9:47:09 AM
Subject: Re: [nycphp-talk] OT: Evite-Like Service

Rolan Yang wrote:
> Recently something similar was thrown into my lap. I set up a single web page describing the event, a paypal product button at the bottom to make payment, and configured the paypal to redirect to a confirmation page back on my site afterwards which requested additional information from the attendee. This process was also backed up by Paypal IPN to deter any fraud (no one even attempted - non technical crowd). If the user makes a payment but quits before redirecting back, at least you still have their payment and contact info logged on Paypal.
  I implemented something very similar to support boat reservations.  Note that Paypal/Verisign payment processing gives you a number of options:  the cheap-o Paypal account tries very aggressively to get people to sign up with Paypal rather than just letting them type in a credit card.  Many vendors feel that this results in (i) more abandoned shopping carts,  and (ii) damage to their brand,  so they use a slightly more expensive service that's more user friendly.

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