12/15: On the micropayments front, Bay Area station KMEL and Alicia Keys(!) are trying out some bitpassed concert pix and video clips. Meanwhile, the earners list continues to grow and as of now, if you'd like to try selling some stuff on your own site, go ahead, the door is now open. I'm not making a big splash with the info, cause they're still putting the finishing touches on the documentation as we speak (i.e., it might still be a bit confusing at first for non geeks) but for all intents and purposes, BitPass is now open to anyone with a website.
Hmm. BitPass, eh?
What is BitPass?BitPass is a service that enables providers to profitably charge for access to their online content and services.
What are your fees?There are no setup or monthly fees.
For items priced $0.01-$5.00, the transaction fee is 15%.
For items priced $5.00 and higher, the transaction fee is 5% + $0.50.
How are you different from PayPal?
PayPal handles only the transfer of money and does not securely manage access to online content. For example, PayPal provides you the option of directing a buyer to a URL after a purchase is made. However, that destination URL is not secure and can be accessed directly without paying. To protect that URL, you would have to roll your own access control system or use a third party solution. In contrast, BitPass combines money transfer and access control services into a single solution that is flexible, affordable, and easy to use.
Nah, I'd have better luck selling sex toys than getting people to pay to read this monstrosity. . .