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Unfortunately, all users have to have an Amazon account to make a payment through WebPay.

With PayPal's API, a site can keep the user on the site for the entire payment process, performing the purchase via a Web service call.

What alternative services are there to PayPal that offer the ability to act only as payment processors that get called via an API?




> What alternative services are there to PayPal that offer the ability to act only as payment processors that get called via an API?

What you're looking for is called a Payment Gateway. The defacto Ruby library for utilizing them is called Active Merchant (http://activemerchant.rubyforge.org/) and it includes ~30 different companies. If you're looking for a list of all the big ones, that's a good place to start.

I've personally used Authorize.net & Paypal before. Braintree is the company name that gets thrown around in 37signals' circle.

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Good point. I suppose this is more competing with Paypal's standard payments (free), as opposed to Paypal's Payments Pro ($30/month). Although even with the free Paypal account the user can still pay with a CC, on paypal.com.

What alternative services are there to PayPal that offer the ability to act only as payment processors that get called via an API?

Authorize.net is the 800 lb. gorilla, and I believe 2checkout offers a similar service.

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Yes there is http://www.chargify.com/

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Chargify has yet to send me an email for their beta (which I've signed up for several times). They don't even bother to send an email acknowledging my interest. Its a great looking website and an interesting value proposition. When it gets ready for prime time, I'll try it if I haven't already moved on to a solution thats actually available.

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