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Payment Systems Online

By Claybourne Housman

Great numbers of ecommerce transactions are taking place at all hours of the day and night and all around the world, as the economy slowly recovers and businesses begin to recover with it. Internet sales make up a robust portion of that recovery as increasing numbers of buyers discover the convenience of doing business online. Safe and reliable methods of processing all the resulting payment transactions are a vital part of ecommerce, and a crucial ingredient in its success.

The online industry has in fact been at the forefront of the economic recovery, registering gains in spite of general negative market growth. Brick and mortar operations which once had no plans for adding internet components to their businesses are changing their minds in droves as they see the opportunity to bolster sales and add revenue. This growth goes hand in hand with the need to offer secure and dependable online payment systems for sellers as well as buyers.

The upward spiral in the economy reflects increases in jobs, which in turn equals more money, which, of course, creates more jobs. The recovery will occur in both brick and mortar business and with online businesses, and will come with added need for secure and reliable credit card transaction processing. Online payment systems will need to be available to bring about safe and dependable movement of money.

Since the economic recovery is more than just local, merchants all around the world need to make viable plans to support growth of their businesses. There must be safe handling of money at every step of the way. This is particularly important on the internet, considering the many and diverse ways that exist for the theft of personal information. Secure online financial transactions avoid such theft.

Online gateway systems should provide certain services. They should offer multiple payment options, supporting as many types of payments as possible. Buyers may want to pay through a PayPal type service, or directly through their bank. They may want to pay with either debit or credit cards, or they may have a gift card they wish to use. All of these payment venues need to be available. Every aspect of the transaction should be protected.

Further, online transactions should take place quickly, and current data and information should be available at all times, day or night. The entire transaction process should be transparent and easily understood. When an online payment system has at least these basic features embedded in its program the customer will likely become a repeat customer, and the merchant is on his way to seeing positive growth for his online ecommerce.

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MLA Style Citation:
Housman, Claybourne "Payment Systems Online." Payment Systems Online. 24 Jun. 2010. 3 Sep 2014 <>.

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Housman, C (2010, June 24). Payment Systems Online. Retrieved September 3, 2014, from

Chicago Style Citation:
Housman, Claybourne "Payment Systems Online"

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