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Help on checks as a payment method in the US

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gpetersz
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Hi and thanks for reading,

I already have a PDF that I would like to publish. :) What's fine! But...
All the eMalls and PDF publishing services on the net provides usually only 2 ways to pay the royalties:

1. PayPal

2. Checks (drawn from bank)

I do have a PayPal account, but it is a limited one since I am from Hungary. The ten countries (incl. mine) newly joined to the EU unfortunatelly only got this from PayPal. This limited use means that I can upload funds from my credit card and use PayPal only to buy things. I cannot withdraw money from it, so I cannot have my royalties.

Why I write here to get know the other method, but what I suspect that the other one is still unuseable for me. It seems to work the way that you got a check by mail and you go to a bank and cash it. That's fine but I think it only works in the US and that's where I am unsure of. Are there international checks? All the big banks are present here Citybank, Hypovereinsbank, CIB, even I can check in American Express travellers or money order checks.

So does this check thing works cross-country? And if it does, how?
Does anybody have any experience with it? Self-publishers from the EU, or even better from new-EU countries or outside the EU countries?

Thanks in advance!

Rick-Holzgrafe
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Help on checks as a payment method in the US

You should look into the Kagi online payment service: http://www.kagi.com

I use them to sell my computer software. They can handle payment in the form of credit cards, US checks, money orders, and cash of many nations. I've used them for years, and they have thousands of other "suppliers" like me. I think they can provide you with a download service as well.

If you like, you can visit my site at http://www.semicolon.com where I display my wares and make them available for download, and visit my order page at Kagi to see a typical order page.

Kagi has a pretty complete FAQ at their site, but I'll be happy to answer any questions I can as well. For the record, I don't get any kind of kickbacks for recommending folks to Kagi, so if you sign up there's no need to drop my name. ;)

gpetersz
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Help on checks as a payment method in the US

Thanks Rick!
Kagi is just fine, and I'll use them. I also found ShareIt, as a payment processor, online-shop solution and there are others like BMC Micro and so.

I am still interested if anybody has done this "cash in the check" thing
in Europe or even better in Eastern Europe.

I ask this because I would like to upload my stuff to sites where the customers are more focused, like rpgnow.com or lulu.com.
Where I could have a little bit more extra marketing since people are visiting those sites for PDFs.

Thanks again!

PS: Nice site! So you sell shareware? Great!
I love the shark on Solitaire till down! Great work, anybody has done it!

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