• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 963
  • Last Modified:

PayPal Recurring Payments - Timezone

Hi, i have implemented Recurring Payments on my site to process my member's monthly membership fee.

I was testing my site yesterday and to speed the testing up i changed the billing cycle from monthly to daily... so i joined and paid my membership at 09:04am yesterday morning HOWEVER another payment was taken yesterday again at 13:34pm (two in the one day)

Obviously i expected the second next payment to be taken the following day (today) and not 4.5 hours later... my third payment has just been taken now at 13:42pm...

So how does PayPal handle this and run it's recurring payments... i am worried that some members might join at the very end of the month and then notice another payment might be processed a few hours later because PayPal now sees it as a new month...
0
oo7ml
Asked:
oo7ml
1 Solution
 
coreybryantCommented:
SInce it is a recurring payments and most gateways handle thousands of them, they won't process at the same time every day.

The the monthly recurring billing - you might test the Test payments.  I try not to use Paypal for much of anything

But if you are in the United States, you can get a Intenet merchant account - $8.00, free payment gateway that will store the credit card numbers and provide you free MaxMind GeoIP, DialVerify, and MSC/VBV (all activated via the virtual terminal) so you don't have to add that extra code in to help cut back on chargebacks.  No monthly minimums, no AVS fee, no Batch fee, no ACH fee.  No contract.  That rates for Visa / Mastercard / Discover ar 2.09% and $0.20 per transaction.

Also, on recurring billing, people tend to forget (Relying on Recurring Billing) and Visa Chargeback Reason Code 41 - Cancelled Recurring Transaction.  Now even if you use VBV/MSC (Verified By Visa-MasterCard Secure Code-Things You Should Know), it only protects on one the first one because of customer interaction - the customer hit the submit button.  I am not a big fan of VBV/MSC but if your clients use Visa a lot (which a lot of them do), this could come in handy the first.  The drawback, they are re-redirected over to their bank's website to enter code, whether or not that have chosen to sign up or not.

One more site: Recurring Payments Administration

All else fails, call them and ask them to verify if the consumer signs up on the 28th, he / she will be billed again on the 28th (which they should).  I know that is how the Quantum Gateway works.
0
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

Featured Post

Free Tool: SSL Checker

Scans your site and returns information about your SSL implementation and certificate. Helpful for debugging and validating your SSL configuration.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now