How do you handle overseas orders? Michael Lynn Adams asks:
I do not trust personal checks and am not comfortable with money orders or cashiers checks. I do not have a credit card services account. However, I do have a Paypal merchant account that I have yet to use. One Paypal option is to create a Paypal invoice, but I am not sure if that gives the buyer credit card payment as an option. Another Paypal option would be to create a custom Webpage exclusively for the buyer (that is an easy process for me). That would give the buyer credit card payment as an option.
Am I on the right track? Are there pitfalls I am not seeing?
Speaking only for myself, my online shopping cart handles all of my overseas orders, whether they're through PayPal, MasterCard or VISA. I have never had a problem with someone defaulting on an overseas order, but I'm dealing with items with a much lower price point than fine art.
I do believe that you can invoice the buyer with PayPal and that all PayPal payments offer a credit card option, but I'd love for other artists to share their "seller beware" stories here. What should Michael look out for?
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