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Blinkpay: So close you can taste it

And it tastes like sweet, sweet success.

We tested our first Blinkpay transaction this morning, and it was pretty glorious. Here’s the play-by-play:

  • Brandon (Blinksale’s CEO) created and sent an invoice to me (Jared) for some Rusty Tacos I had for lunch with him yesterday. Witnessing this grand occasion was the JetPay team, our partner in this feature who are powering the actual transaction processing.
  • I got the invoice in my email, and clicked the link to view the invoice online.
  • The online invoice gave me the option to pay by credit card or PayPal (the 2 payment options Brandon had selected before he sent the invoice).
  • I chose to pay by credit card, and clicked that button.
  • I entered my payment amount and billing info & clicked “Pay Now.”
  • Bam. I just paid the invoice. My invoice was immediately marked as Paid. A transaction ID was added to my copy of the invoice, so I had a record.
  • On Brandon’s end, he got a notification on his Dashboard that I had paid in full. Blinksale automatically marked the invoice as Closed for him.
  • He clicked on the notification and sent me a Thank-you note.
  • Virtual high-fives were liberally administered.

There are many ways to get paid electronically. Blinkpay’s low cost, low rates and custom integration into Blinksale is what makes it special. We can’t wait to roll this thing out. It shouldn’t be long now.

We are still performing our due diligence of testing the end-to-end experience and functionality, from signup to completed transaction. We still need more time (weeks, not days) to make sure that there are no bugs or other issues. We just wanted to share this milestone and our excitement at seeing the whole thing work.

26 Comments

  • On January 13, 2011, Tim Grahl said:

    I can’t wait for this to go live! Virtual high-fives from me too!

  • On January 14, 2011, Matt said:

    Awesome! Bring it on!

  • On January 17, 2011, Mark S / Skram said:

    Awesome, looking forward to it!

  • On January 18, 2011, Bill said:

    I need me some of that!

  • On January 19, 2011, Patrick Dodd said:

    YES, YES, YES!

  • On January 20, 2011, Richard said:

    Looking forward to this

  • On January 20, 2011, Yash said:

    Great! Looking forward to using it. If there would have been a setting to say send Thank-You note automatically on invoice closure that would make it perfect

  • On January 20, 2011, David said:

    Is it going to be available in the UK?

  • On January 20, 2011, Justin M. said:

    Don’t rush it, but hurry! :)

  • On January 24, 2011, Ian Applegate said:

    Yes UK, is that happening? And what do Jetpay charge?

  • On January 24, 2011, Jared Christensen said:

    David – Blinkpay will only be available to U.S. customers at launch, though we certainly hope to be able to extend it to other countries in the future.

  • On January 25, 2011, Chris Basey said:

    This sounds like a great feature.

    I’m really interested to know what the charges are for this. Hopefully it’s better than paypal – if so then it will be a fantastic addition

  • On January 26, 2011, David S. said:

    first of all congratulations. I’m looking forward to the international extension.

    something completely offtopic which is bugging me for some time now and I couldnt find a proper channel to request it. Would it be possible to implement some sort of filtering for the People/Clients section? Luckily I have a large number of customers and scrolling up and down can be a pain on such a long page eventhough they are in alphabetical order. Also the fact that since you guys moved to Verisign the website has become much slower so that page downloads in about 20-40 seconds (thats not a complaint as I cherish the added security just fyi).
    thank you

  • On January 26, 2011, Andre said:

    Hopefully be able to handle other currencies? Useless if not…

  • On January 26, 2011, Rich said:

    To be honest this is great news, but it’s probably going to be US only initially, and therefore not really going to affect my business. Pats on backs chaps, but I’m probably going to jump ship to something like http://www.kashflow.com very soon as they offer a much better service to UK businesses and have a killer feature set for the same money (native iphone app for recording expense receipts, end of year reports etc etc)

  • On January 27, 2011, Benjamin said:

    Definitely needs a UK version please! Great work so far though, nice job guys.

  • On January 30, 2011, Michael De Havilland said:

    Is there a way my customers can be directed to my own payments at http://www.payus.co.uk?

  • On January 31, 2011, justin h said:

    This would be awesome. The Paypal fee and the credit card fee on top of it are hefty…any alternative which is cheaper is definitely attractive.

    If you can integrate directly with my bank account as an auto deposit at some point, I would be so happy.

    Love you service and continually bring people to you to sign up!

    Justin

  • On January 31, 2011, Jared Christensen said:

    Yash – That is most definitely on the list. I want that, too!

  • On January 31, 2011, Jared Christensen said:

    Ian – It will be U.S. only for now. We’re working on expanding.

  • On January 31, 2011, Jared Christensen said:

    Rich – Sorry to hear that you have to move on. Blinkpay will indeed be U.S. only for now, though we certainly want to get it out to everyone wordwide, if possible.

  • On February 3, 2011, Suzanne said:

    Will blinkpay be available to Canadian customers?

  • On February 3, 2011, txbc said:

    not initially. sorry!

    the order will likely be: USA, the UK and some of Europe, and then Canada. (not because we like Canadians less, just due to banking relationships)

    bc

  • On April 3, 2012, Chris said:

    Is there any chance Australia will be able to access blinkpay eventually?

  • On April 10, 2012, Patrick Dodd said:

    Hey Chris,

    That is definitely something on our horizon. If you send your email address to support@blinksale.com, we will make sure to notify you when any improvements are made in that direction. Have a great week!

  • On April 10, 2014, Troy said:

    Is this available to Canadians yet?

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