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[bradfitz]
I was wondering if anybody had any experience, good or bad, with the use of Centipix for online payments? I'm wondering if paid users would like that as an option to pay, as an alternative to the existing options.
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[User Picture]From: suppafly
2003-09-22 10:16 am (UTC)
thats a cute idea they got where you upload the "money"
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[User Picture]From: pandora48sch
2003-09-22 10:17 am (UTC)
Never heard of it but it certainly looks cool...

I wouldn't use it...but I'm sure some would.
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From: karlrage
2003-09-22 10:18 am (UTC)
Hi Brad,

I work in the video game industry, since those prepaid cards have been an added option to games, mostly MMORPG's, the business has close to doubled.

Only input I can give you.
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[User Picture]From: beautifulfrog
2003-09-22 10:20 am (UTC)
All I know is that I HATE PayPal and if that were my only option, it would keep me from renewing my account.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2003-09-22 10:21 am (UTC)
Well, luckily you have 2 other options (credit card online, or mailing in a check).

The question is: would you like a third extra option? Does Centipix look interesting?
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[User Picture]From: fiddle_dragon
2003-09-22 10:21 am (UTC)
huh - looks intriguing. I don't know if it's something I'd use yet or not, but the idea is a good one, IMO.
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[User Picture]From: twofeetcia
2003-09-22 10:23 am (UTC)
I use checkfree and paypal currently. I believe Checkfree you can set it to remind the user when a customer when a payment is due.
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[User Picture]From: suppafly
2003-09-22 10:38 am (UTC)
livejournal already reminds you when payment is due, it doesn't need the 3rd party money collection place to do it too.
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[User Picture]From: zzyzx
2003-09-22 10:24 am (UTC)
This method seems overly complex to me. Not only would I have to buy and upload one of these, if I wanted to renew for a year I'd need a $20 and a $5. Are there any other alternatives?
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[User Picture]From: thewildorchids
2003-09-22 10:24 am (UTC)

hmmm.

It took me a while to even trust PayPal [even though I'm not very fond of them], so I probably wouldn't use it. Some might, but I'm a little wary of it.
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[User Picture]From: zzyzx
2003-09-22 10:28 am (UTC)
Possibly not to reveal personal information to LiveJournal? Although, I trust LiveJournal more than a new site that I've never heard of until today.
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[User Picture]From: electrcspacegrl
2003-09-22 10:27 am (UTC)
I liked the option where you can pay by phone, where the money was charged to your phone bill. I used that all the time. Now I just will have to send money orders I suppose.
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[User Picture]From: skittl1321
2003-09-22 10:28 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if I understand why you would want to use their system. When I read how to buy it, they say you have to use paypal or a credit card. So you are giving the information out online anyway.

I also would not use it because I trust the security of the sites I buy things off of more than I trust my computer not to crash and delete files randomly. The Centipix seem to rely soley on me not accidently deleting them from wherever I saved them too.
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[User Picture]From: chrissmari
2003-09-22 10:30 am (UTC)
I have no experience with it.
I wouldn't use it though because I'd have to pay with it through pay pal and a credit card and why do that when I would just give you all a paypal or credit card payment?
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[User Picture]From: puzzled_anwen
2003-09-22 10:30 am (UTC)
What would be good, and I have *no* idea if such a thing exists, would be something that you could actually buy in a shop with a code to upload (that's what I thought this was initially) ie something that could be used by ppl with no cards. Like I say, I dont know if that exists, and if it does I assume it would only be available in the US or something. Hm, I like this idea, someone should make this thing.
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[User Picture]From: zzyzx
2003-09-22 10:33 am (UTC)
Maybe we could get stores like CompUSA and Best Buy to sell LJ certificates? ^__^ We should start our own business. ^_~
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[User Picture]From: missakins
2003-09-22 10:31 am (UTC)
other than barter you already offer every way of paying I can think of.

cc, check, bank draft, using my ebay profits, etc. via paypal

when I had no cc, I got someone to do it for me or I even had the option of mail if I needed it.

I don't see a need for yet another option, especially when it'd prolly be just more admin stuff for you guys.
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[User Picture]From: cyron
2003-09-22 10:36 am (UTC)
It might be useful if you had some reason for micropayments, but as it is, it doesn't seem like it would add much of a benifit for anyone
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[User Picture]From: marc_blucas
2003-09-22 10:36 am (UTC)
I love Paypal and use it all the time. But I can't use it anymore for here because I don't have a credit card and the option to pay by online check for them doesn't work anymore. I wish I could have that option back. Cenipix looks interesting but I'd much rather just using Paypal because I trust them more than a site I've just seen.
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[User Picture]From: andrianna
2003-09-22 10:37 am (UTC)
It just seems like you're adding a middle man to the whole process. There's more of a chance for things to get "lost" when you start adding more steps/links to a process.
I wouldn't use it.

~Andri'
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[User Picture]From: windiain
2003-09-22 10:39 am (UTC)
I wouldn't use it - I'd rather just use my credit card with you guys. The process would be much simpler from my point of view.

Centipix looks like a novel idea, but probably isn't as practical as all that. And, hey, I may not be giving my details to a company, but it doesn't stop that company taking a centipix payment from running off with my money and not giving me my ordered goods. There's still room to be screwed.
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[User Picture]From: pandora48sch
2003-09-22 10:48 am (UTC)
Sounding like a big fat no to me, Brad.
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[User Picture]From: basking_lizard
2003-09-22 10:48 am (UTC)
Nah, I'll be using the money order/bank draft option when it comes time to renew.

Not so fond of the online payments thing, especially with a relatively new and unknown company (I'd never heard of them, anyway).
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[User Picture]From: rootie_kazootie
2003-09-22 10:53 am (UTC)
I signed up for an account.
I still have questions about them, but strickly from a sellers point of view.
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[User Picture]From: ivymcallister
2003-09-22 10:55 am (UTC)
Seems like a bit of a roundabout when the PayPal method is quick and direct. If I didn't use or know about PayPal, perhaps I would consider it.

-Ivy
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[User Picture]From: mznokia
2003-09-22 10:59 am (UTC)
I think I would stick with PayPal.
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[User Picture]From: dramagirl42
2003-09-22 11:01 am (UTC)
Thus far, I feel far more comfortable giving information to LJ folks or using checks than I have with other payment methods. I'd never use anything other than the current options, not for any ethical or safety reasons, it's just that my needs are already being met. You guys have done a consistently good job with making payment systems work and I don't see a need for change.
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