Well... that is not entirely correct. I have lobbied for an iDeal implementation in vBulletin for years. Since the start of iDeal in The Netherlands I was convinced this would become the preferred on-line payment system in our country. After endless request and ditto discussions I found both Freddie Bingham and especially Mike willing to look into it. This was the result in the end (unfortunately): http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php?144562-Paid-Subscriptions-Features&p=1611719&viewfull=1#post1611719iDeal support would be great, vB never wanted to do it. For the payed memberships.
I wrote exactly the same today on my own website, answering a question from one of our members. Indeed, iDeal or a system like that should become a worldwide standard. Imagine what will happen to the monetization of our websites if people are able to transfer money directly from their bank account to a website! Without the need of any creditcard or third parties like Paypal. I am convinced we will see this happening in the future. And I hope it will not take too long.iDeal should be used worldwide, I hear so much positive feedback from people using it, it's a shame that it isn't more popular in other countries.
Interesting, but this is still manual labor if I understand you correctly. Both for you customers and you. With the fantastic iDeal everything is automatic. When it was introduced in the Netherlands it instantly became the future of online payments so to speak in my eyes and this is exactly what is now, some years later, the status of it overhere in the Netherlands. I promoted it to death on vBulletin.com and I hope to see some kind of solution for XF (I guess we need a third party for it).We already take payments via bank transfer in our shop.
Basically, what happens is we alllow the order to complete and then flag it as unpaid. The user is automatically given our bank details and order number and can pay through their online banking using their order number as reference.
Once a day, we just trawl the previous days transactions for order numbers and mark the order as paid and the rest carries on as normal.
We implemented this when instant bank transfers because the norm here in the UK.
And the same goes for The Netherlands. For local payments the so-called 'iDeal' system has become King since it's very start in 2005: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDEAL.For example, PayPal is not used in many countries such as Russia (WebMoney is a king here, we have a couple of others also).
Here are the actual figures to support it:Since the start of iDeal in The Netherlands I was convinced this would become the preferred on-line payment system in our country.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDEALiDEAL is an Internet payment method in the Netherlands, based on online banking. Introduced in 2005, this payment method allows customers to buy securely on the Internet using direct online transfers from their bank account. iDEAL processed 4,5 million transfers in 2006, 15 million transfers in 2007, 28 million transfers in 2008, 45.4 million in 2009 and 68.8 million in 2010. iDEAL is owned by the Dutch organization Currence, which also owns PIN and Chipknip.
If Xenforo ever can make a much anticipated re-start (it would be such a terrible waste if such an outstanding forum product would go down the dumper because of this appalling lawsuit and other reasons (?)...) and I feel confident enough to switch over from vBulletin, then I definitely need an iDeal implementation in it. My forum platform is generating money since a few years and I need more sophisticated tools to monetize my site. iDeal is such a sophisticated tool and I need it integrated into the forum (so I can give dona-tors extra forum permissions and because of all the other obvious benefits compared to manual donations... etc.).I assume that -for the same reasons- we will never see an officially implemented iDeal module in XenForo. I sure hope XenForo will sell good in The Netherlands and that there are board owners who are willing to raise a fund to get a third party to develop it for XenForo as a plugin (if that is even possible: I am not a technical person).
iDeal has indeed become the preferred way for Dutch people to transfer money online locally. Needless to say it would do wonders for the monetization of our XF powered websites in Holland.