You know, I really can't wait until all these stupid little on-line credit card payment systems just shrivel up and die, leaving the only logical players: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
I'm so sick of having to enter my credit card number into yet another system just to register a piece of $18 software.
God, haven't we cracked this nut yet? It's 2004 for god's sake!
Note to small software publishers. If you want my money, please make it easy for me to give it to you. Like most folks who've been buying small things on-line for the past FIVE YEARS or so, I have a PayPal account (not that I need one to let them handle a CC payment). Let me use that! I'm even willing to foot the processing costs just so I don't have to leave my credit card number it yet another database that'll probably get broken into later this year.
Why do we put up with this? And why haven't Visa, Mastercard, and the others managed to come up with a system that can be as ubiquitous and simple as the real world--you know where my card just works everywhere and I don't have to type it in every time?
If that's never gonna happen, what about just using Amazon.com's infrastructure? Then I could just 1-Click order the registration and let them handle it? That would still be so much better than what we've got today.
Posted by jzawodn at April 05, 2004 11:07 PM