Buxter Publishes Whitepaper For Merchants

Aug 26, 2010

Today the Buxter team released the "Buxter Whitepaper for Merchants" giving everybody who is interested in selling virtual goods or even tangible items on Facebook the perfect overview why Buxter is a great solution for In-Facebook payments. It details the challenges every Facebook merchant faces when it comes to selling on Facebook and explains why Facebook users don't want to leave their trusted environment when paying for virtual or tangible items.Buxter Whitepaper for Merchants

This is just one of the several aspects of In-Facebook payment with Buxter described within the whitepaper. The reader also learns about the "2-Click Buy" process and how to trigger impulse buys, increasing revenues and profits.

Further topics are:

  • The Buxter Payout Process
  • Supported Currencies
  • Buxter Transaction Limits

The Buxter Whitepaper is free of charge and can be downloaded here:

Platogo.com integrates Buxter payment to social gaming, makes flash developers happy

Apr 23, 2010

Platogo is an Austrian company that specializes in providing useful APIs to game developers. Recently they launched an in game payment API based on Buxter. Jakob Sommerhuber, Platogo's CEO was nice enough to spare some of his time for us to talk about his experience.

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Using Buxter on your Website with Facebook Connect

Mar 23, 2010

Bildschirmfoto 2010-03-18 um 19.17.06Buxter is a payment system that can be integrated into Facebook apps. But that shouldn't stop you from using it on your regular website - outside of Facebook. 

Instead, if you want to use Buxter as a payment mechanism, why not use Facebook only as an Identity provider? Facebook Connect has got you covered.

With some PHP, a little bit of FBML and the help of Buxter you will be able to build a payment integration that is truly easy.

In this article we are going to cover all necessary steps to show to get you up and running.

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Buxter shopping user experience

Mar 22, 2010

Just in case you wondered what the actual purchase process in Buxter looks like, here are some slides illustrating it

The Buxter PHP Client is here

Mar 19, 2010

Social networks are often thought of as nations. Every network has its own dominant language and culture. As a developer that thought even extends to the programming language level. When you think of Facebook, PHP is without a doubt the native language there. 

So today the Buxter team celebrates the release of the Buxter PHP Client. It is fairly new but works quite well already. We certainly appreciate your feedback and your contributions to the code base.

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Buxter product presentation video

Mar 05, 2010

Buxter is here - some words from the team

Mar 03, 2010

Yesterday marked the launch of new payment service Buxter. To give you a peek behind the scenes we got ClickandBuy's own Head of Product Marketing Christian von Hammel-Bonten and Head of Software Development Andrei Martchouk to share some background information about the product.

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Buxter architecture overview

Feb 19, 2010

Suppose you've produced a Facebook App - the next Farmville perhaps and now you want to sell virtual goods. Or maybe you want to sell your band's songs. No matter what you are trying to sell, it’s important that you can offer users an easy way to pay for your products. 

Buxter, ClickandBuy's new Facebook application, is one of the easiest and most secure ways to transfer money. In the picture below you can see how simple it is for Facebook users to purchase items with Buxter.

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There is no need to sign up for a special payment system over and over again. You just log into Facebook, access your wallet (which of course is secured), make your purchase and go back to the shop again.   

Since your payment data is stored with Buxter you don’t have to show your payment details to online merchants. This strengthens consumer trust. It's a kind of safe haven where you can shop without having to worry about the potential theft of a user’s payment details.

But how does it all work from a technical perspective? Let me explain by showing you a simplified sequence diagram. To keep things easy the diagram is not worked up too close to UML spec but I think it gets the point across. I know sequence diagrams are not exactly easy on the eyes, but bear with me on this one. I'll take you through it...

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  1. The second a user clicks an a "Purchase through Buxter" link he sends a call to the Facebook app
  2. The Facebook app then prepares an inventory of the products that will be presented to the user for purchasing. Parameters like price and various internal details are assembled and passed to the CreateTransaction() call of the Buxter API.
  3. Buxter then creates a new transaction that corresponds to the purchasing process of this particular User.
  4. A redirect link is generated and transferred to the Facebook app.
  5. The Browser is redirected
  6. A payment dialogue appears on the page the user sees. This dialogue is accepted by the user, thus, the payment is confirmed
  7. Buxter tries to clear funds from the account
  8. If the payment succeeds the transaction status is set to 'success', if the payment is unsuccessful a range of error states are used
  9. The user is then redirected to the page in the third party app that accepts post payment information (for example through the external id that is passed as a parameter)
  10. The browser requests the post purchase page
  11. The facebook app calls the GetTransactionStatus() method 
  12. The status information of the Transacation is delivered to the facebook app
  13. The facebook app then makes decisions based on the status information whether the purchase was made successfully

And that’s it. We have gone through all the details behind the scenes which are necessary to successfully make a purchase on a third party app in Facebook. 

Please note that we only made two calls in our facebook app layer. This means ultimate ease of use from the developer perspective. So that’s all for now. Have fun with Buxter.

Getting started with the Buxter Java API

Feb 10, 2010

So you have a great product and you want to bill your customers purchasing items on your web application in a way that is convenient and easy to do. In this article we are going to get you started with the Buxter java api.

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