I find that the 419 scams tend to work pretty well. Seriously, though, if you're just starting out, Paypal is the way to go. I use it on EasyListBox.com, and it's really the perfect system for a small business. They have a lot of different options for the method of payment -- redirect to their site, shopping cart API, etc -- and their documentation is pretty complete (with a good user community as well). Getting a business account is a fairly easy, no-cost step, and once you have that, you also have an 800 number to contact them whenever you get stuck. Don't forget to get the Paypal debit card (also free) so that you have easier access to your funds... Plus you get a minimal cashback bonus whenever you use it to pay for goods and services, which helps to offset the transaction fee. Hope that helps, Peter -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org On Behalf Of Amanda Kuek Gday all, My question is that simple, age-old burning question of greasy hand-rubbing men in dark coats everywhere: How do you extract money from people via the internet? If you're trying to sell someone a service over a website, for example in my case, maths tutoring, how can you make them pay for it? As far as I can tell, options include forcing them to email you their credit card details (definite turn-off), PayPal, and that system that large companies have where you can enter your credit card details on a secure site, and it debits immediately (if anyone knows how one would go about implementing this, I'd be very pleased to hear it). Thanks for any ideas and enlightenment. - mank.