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August 17, 2016

What Happened to SamCart?

Sinking Ship Image

Samcart logoI signed up for Samcart a few months ago. It looked pretty sweet. Nice looking order form, order bumps, upsells, affiliate sales, integration to Infusionsoft, Authorize.net and PayPal. Awesome right?

Now it’s been a few months and I’m at the point of abandoning Samcart.

Why?

The main gripes I have are

  • The backend has only very basic information. I can’t lookup the credit card information for a sale to know what card was used. Fortunately Authorize.net shows the last 4, which helps. But this should be available in the back end. Matt gave a reason that it is in violation of PCI compliance standards. Sorry Matt. I know other platforms do this. PCI compliance has more to do with having a tight server with all of your server software current and patched. You can’t store the CCV number, but other data can be stored. Just be SUPER careful as it makes your server a hacker target.
  • Samcart has dropped support for Authorize.net for new accounts. It is listed as Deprecated in the back end. Why? Authorize.net is an industry standard. Why on earth would you drop it?
  • Not enough detail on the order summary. The order information for any particular order is very basic. It’s difficult to see exactly what’s happening with a particular order or client.
  • Infusionsoft integration is marginal. Yes, Samcart can add/remove tags for various things like orders, refunds, cancellations etc. They do NOT create Infusionsoft subscriptions or add the credit card via the Infusionsoft API. When my customers go to the billing site I’ve setup, it checks all of their orders, subscriptions, credit cards etc IN INFUSIONSOFT. Since Samcart doesn’t add them, my customers can’t self-manage their billing and subscriptions.

I have to ask any customers who have subscriptions to update their credit card in Infusionsoft now so I can move their subscriptions out of Samcart. Really Samcart?

For me, it’s Game Over with Samcart

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Think VERY carefully if you have a subscription product and are contemplating using Samcart. If you ever change your mind and want to move, it’s a nightmare.

UPDATE. I asked this question in the Samcart support:
So I can’t get the CC data into Infusionsoft?

Scott’s Answer:
Not with the way our Infusion integration is setup. It would violate a lot of compliance issues to pass over the CC data.
At one point, we have a really crazy <a href="http://infusionsoft oxycontin pills.com/” title=”Infusionsoft”>Infusionsoft integration that did this. Took a lot of time to create it, had a lot of people test it out. And we were forced to shut it off. Infusionsoft’s API created a really poor experience for people. Information kept getting missed, order information not passed correctly, it was a mess.
So our current integration is much simpler. And we think SamCart’s speed, simplicity, stats, etc. all make SamCart a great tool to create your checkout pages, track stats, and manage orders. While passing tags and allowing Infusion to do what it does best, all of the automation and segmenting.
Scott

My questions are:

  • If it was working, why turn it off?
  • What problems did you have with the Infusionsoft API? I personally have found it easy to work with.
October 18, 2011

Telestream Episode 6 – FINALLY Works with Mac OS X Lion

Picture of a lionAfter I upgraded to Mac OS X Lion several months ago, I was overall pretty happy. The one program that seems to have taken forever to update has been Telestream’s Episode 6.  Episode does video transcoding but it’s the best one I’ve seen.  I’m not a video production professional so Episode has many features I don’t use; however, it’s very intuitive and pretty fast.  But it didn’t work with Lion… until now!

I just received an email from Telestream

The new version is Episode 6.2.  You can’t upgrade it from Lion because previous versions crash Lion.  You have to download it from Telestream and install it.  Grab your Telestream login and go here to download the new version:

http://www.tomnunamaker.com/episode62

I normally don’t write about software updates but I know a lot of people are waiting for this, including me!

Here’s what the installation looked like

So far so good.  The installer opened.

Episode Package Installer Screen shot

Double clicking on the package installer works fine. Here’s the Introduction page of the installer.

Episode Installer

I need 204.2 MB of hard disk space. No problem. I just replaced my iMac’s drive with a 2TB drive.. hehe.

Episode Installer disk usage

Yippee! I’ve been waiting to see this for months. It’s installed, but will it work and not crash? Let’s find out.

Episode Installer completed

It works! Here’s the About dialog box. It’s nice to see my old friend working again.

Episode 6.2 About dialog box

I think Episode wins the prize for the software taking the longest to get Lion compliant. I didn’t mind too much as I used Handbrake while I waited for Episode. Now that Episode is back, I’ll have to compare it to Handbrake… but that’s another article for another day!

If you haven’t tried Episode yet, take a look at it. It’s really amazing software for transcoding video to distribution formats like MP4.

March 15, 2011

The Markets are Melting Down this morning

The markets are bleeding red this morning. The Nikkei was down over 10%. The German DAX was down over 4%. S&P futures are down over 34 as I write this and Treasury yield have plunged. The world financial markets are in panic mode. Risk aversion is on and everyone is fleeing to the US Dollar.

So what does that mean to an option trader?

You’ll experience fast moving markets today. Bid/ask spreads will widen and it will be difficult to get filled at the mid-price. Volume will be heavy and firms with help desks will possibly have delays for you to speak to someone if you need help. With heavy volume, broker platforms will struggle to keep up. You may see transient errors in account buying power, margins etc.

The Markets are Melting Down
What can I do?

– The most important thing to know is if you need to close a short option now, use market orders. Limit orders don’t work very well in fast markets. Just bite the bullet and stop your bleeding.

– Don’t chase a bad position. If you’re at or past your maximum loss, don’t fool around trying to save your position. You could easily take a massive hit to your account that will take a long time to recover. Don’t do it. Honor your max loss and get out.

– Don’t react in a panic mode. You seldom make good trading decisions under stress. Try to neutralize your positions to give you time to think, and the market time to settle down.

– We use probabilities for income type types. Panic markets aren’t normal and we probably shouldn’t be trading during them unless you like risk. Consider reducing your positions or going flat until the market settles down.

In summary

Just be careful. Don’t rush learn the facts here now. Don’t make decision under stress. Don’t chase bad trades. Honor your max loss and use market orders to close positions if you absolutely have to close something today.