Geo IP Switcher Plugin

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This plugin is designed to do two things.

#1 – It addresses the EU VAT (sales tax) issue.
#2 – It enables you to sell to countries that don’t support PayPal.

What it actually does is allow you to run two code snippets on a page.

A default one that displays to countries you wish to sell to using PayPal, and also an alternative code snippet if it isn’t a country that PayPal supports, OR an EU country.

In other words, if someone arrives on your web page that isn’t from a country in your list, then they won’t see the default payment button (or other code), they will instead see the alternative payment processor.

o Automatically switches to alternative payment processor
o Manage unlimited products from a single WordPress Site
o Emergency mode for payment processor limitations
o Will switch out any HTML, not just payment code
o Ideal way of resolving EU VAT rules
o Simply switch to ClickBank for EU countries

Here’s the background to it.

There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle recently with the new EU law that came into force on January 1st. It states that if you are selling into EU countries, then you should be charging VAT (sales tax) at each country’s VAT rate. You should then be paying that money you’ve collected to each country.

<sarcasm>Wow. Just wow.</sarcasm>

In a nutshell…

The idea is that large companies like Amazon and eBay etc that have set up house in Luxembourg were only paying VAT at Luxembourg rates. The governments from the EU countries didn’t like that, and so we have this new law that will prevent this from happening and cause these big companies to now have to pay VAT at local rates for each country.

It doesn’t just affect the big companies though, as we ALL now have to charge and pay VAT for every different EU country at each country’s rate.

As you can imagine, for some this is a massive bureaucratic nightmare, especially for smaller businesses that just can’t or don’t want to handle all the extra paperwork.

As a result, some smaller businesses have decided they won’t sell to the EU anymore.

Personally I don’t think that’s a good solution, and so here’s Geo IP Switcher.

Now you can provide an alternative payment processor such as ClickBank for non-EU and non-PayPal supported countries.

Why ClickBank?

Well, ClickBank aren’t your “normal” payment processor. They sell your products on your behalf, and THEY become the vendor of the product, not you. They’ve also for a few years now been charging sales tax at the appropriate rate and paying it to each country where required.

This makes them ideal for relieving you of a potentially massive headache.

Of course you don’t have to use ClickBank with this plugin, you could just throw up a message saying you don’t deal with EU countries any more, and not allow people to buy.  Or use a different payment processor that suits you more.

Either way, using this plugin keeps you within the law.

The sale goes live at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST) Tuesday 3rd March.

Plugin Great members can already find the plugin in the members area.

 

-Frank Haywood


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6 Comments

  1. Anne Cox says:

    This is a rattling good idea but, are you sure that it’s legal?

    • Frank Haywood says:

      Hi Anne,

      I can’t see why it wouldn’t be – yet. All you’re doing is choosing whether to do business with a certain group of people based on their location. Nobody *has* to do business with everybody, you can pick and choose.

      Many businesses already do this, including PayPal. There are lots of countries they don’t operate in by choice. Also, I’ve noticed that for a while now many UK eBay sellers of physical goods won’t deal with Italy, and while I don’t know for certain why this is, someone told me it was because of the poor postal service there and lots of packages going missing. I really don’t know if that’s true or not, but the fact remains many UK businesses won’t ship to Italy.

      So all we’re doing is saying I don’t want the burden of dealing with you via PayPal, instead you can purchase via this other payment processor who handle all the taxation themselves.

      When I first heard about this law, I thought to myself “The EU is just going to be more trouble than it’s worth for many and will become a digital product wasteland for small business. The big companies are going to get it all. Well done European government.”

      This solution is an ideal way of staying within the taxation laws without the hassle of having to do the transactions and the paperwork, as someone else is doing it for you.

      -Frank

  2. Edward Jerome says:

    Hi Frank

    I am so glad you addressed this issue with a WordPress Plugin. I was just about to make a nice pretty graphic and slap it up on my website. The graphic would say:

    Please leave my website if you are from the EU. Your money is not welcome here. Please come back if and when your lawmakers re-write their idiotic tax laws. I simply cannot afford to do business with you until that happens. Your friend Edward.

    And now thanks to you, I won’t need to do that. I am going to purchase GEO IP Switcher as soon as I click send. Cheers!

  3. Ron Capps says:

    Does this plugin come with Developer rights, Frank?

    • Frank Haywood says:

      Hi Ron,

      Yes it does, I should have said. I try to provide developer rights in all these pre-launch sales to subscribers as I think it’s good practice. I’m usually in the habit of saying so though, but I missed this one. :-)

      -Frank

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