Just a heads up to anyone looking at options for payment services for their UK store.
Google was up until recently a good contender with a brilliant 1.5% rate and free processing if you used Google AdWords. But not any more, come 5th May 2009 the rates are being hiked to as much as 3.4% + additional 1% for international customers.
Generally, consumers are not that happy with having to sign up to Google Checkout, many abandon their purchase. The new Google rates puts them the same as PayPal so for most people who don’t have their own merchant account PayPal would be the better option. Firstly many more people already have a PayPal account and are familiar with PayPal. Secondly PayPal lets customers use their card to pay without having to register an account.
Personally I’m not keen on either system, but obviously small stores that can’t get a proper merchant account have to use these type of systems.
If you can get one, then getting a proper merchant account with, Barclaycard, StreamLine, Elavon, CardNet etc would be the best way to go. Then use Protx as there is a module for Magento.