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Some shopping carts take your customer off your website to process the transaction, which is fine. But you should try to find one that lets you customize those off-site pages to look like your own web site. Also, make sure that your secure shopping cart shows the customer what they've added already, lets them see a subtotal and shipping charge as well as appropriate sales tax. The collection of credit card information can be done in two ways: either collected for batch processing later (either by phone or swiping the card) or in real-time. In a real-time situation, your shopping cart passes the credit card information over an SSL secure server to a payment gateway, which then handles the actual financial transaction.