I'm looking into the possibility of building an shop website for a client. I usally use Rapidweaver, have Rapidcart and a trial version of PayLoom. Have also looked into Cartloom. However, there doesn't seem to be any way of adding payment options, so if one doesn't want to use PayPal, Google Checkout, Authorize net etc, one is stuck. My client wants to be able to accept credit card payments directly rather than via PayPal and since we're in France it would seem from our research so far that he needs a VAD/ merchant account in France...
He currently has a a site, I won't give the details, but it's a UK based e-shop, in English only, with various payment options but most of these are UK banks with which he can't open an account since he's in France. A couple of the banks are international and we're looking into those... But in any case, having his own site would suit him better and is likely to be less expensive.
I'm looking for ideas/suggestions really....anything helpful anyone knows about e-commerce in France. In particular:
Does anyone have experience of using Bluepaid as a payment gateway and if so what e-commerce sites you have used to work with that?
Any recommendations for e commerce sites in general which allow for use of multiple languages - we can then see what payment options one can use..
Any recommendations for payment processers?
Is anyone making an e-commerce site really work profitably as an auto-entrepreneur? Is it possible?? What with ebay charges, PayPal charges, payment gateways, company accounts and extra charges at the banks, it's very difficult to work out the most economical option. Not to mention postage costs adding to turnover! So if anyone has been through these hoops already, please would you share whatever you have found?
Yours in anticipation :)