PayPal has become synonymous with online payments and this widely popular platform lets users make monetary transactions, completely doing away with the need for bank transfers and checks. This free payment processing service only requires the presence of a valid PayPal account on both the receiver and the sender’s end. The biggest upside to PayPal is its widely recognized platform and how easily it manages to integrate with other third-party platforms and carts.
However, PayPal is still not the perfect payment method we’ve seen so far, as it has some serious disadvantages. Well, we know nothing is perfect, but why should you tolerate this sort of issues if there are better options out there? First, we will check out some noticeable cons of PayPal that you’ll be able to justify your act of moving to a PayPal alternative.
- Fees: Despite the fact that fee may vary according to payment methods you use, one of the disadvantages of PayPal is the high fee.
- Holding Payments: More often than not, PayPal holds your payment and puts it under review with no proper reason.
- Some countries are not supported by PayPal such as Iraq, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan etc
- Country-based restrictions on use of PayPal
In addition, there are some other disadvantages if we look into PayPal from ‘Merchant’ point of view, but as you are here, we expect you know some of them. Now, we will move on to top ten alternatives to PayPal, either as an online money transfer service or eCommerce payment method. Rather than merely mentioning names of these alternative services, we will go deep into advantages and disadvantages of each.
1. Google Wallet
Google Wallet is the new way of sending, receiving and paying money online, sometimes with just a tap! However, it is available only in the United States as of now. You can use Google Wallet to store debit cards, credit cards gift cards and loyalty cards in a digital wallet and use it for sending and receiving money from friends or family as well as a way to pay money online. You will be able to send money online to your friends or family using their email address or as a Gmail attachment, and you can fund the money from Google Wallet balance, bank account, debit card and/or credit cards. Now, however, we will move on to the pros and cons of Google Wallet. Anyway, pros come first!
- Single card instead of different debit and credit cards
- It is from Google, and that’s a big advantage, you know.
- 24*7 Fraud Monitoring and purchase protection
- Tight integration with Google account
- Less Acceptance as compared to PayPal and availability is restricted to US
Google Wallet is free! However, you have to pay standard transfer charges when you are using credit card/debit card to transfer money into your Google Wallet account.
Where does Google Wallet Work
Sadly, Google Wallet and its features like money transfer, shopping in stores are available only in US. However, you’ll be able to use Google Wallet over 125 countries to purchase products from Google Play Store.
When checking cons of Google Wallet, we can say that it can become a superpower in web-based payment sector if it expands its acceptance.
Skrill is a typical Alternative for PayPal. In a user’s point of view, Skrill, which was formerly known as Moneybookers, is a platform to send and receive money and shop online. Using this platform, a user can send money to an email ID, which belongs to another Skrill user. Moreover, the recipient can withdraw money through his/her debit card, credit card, or bank account etc. What makes Skrill impressive is the fact that Skrill allows instant withdrawal into the bank account of recipient. Merchant fees of Skrill are comparatively low and you can know more about fees on official site of Skrill. And the best part is that Skrill is globally available.
- Support over 200 countries and you can use Skrill in 40 currencies.
- Skrill Prepaid MasterCard lets you use money in Skrill account to purchase in real life
- Top-level Security
- Wide acceptance
- Low transaction fees
Fee plan of Skrill is quite impressive! Skrill takes 1% of sent money as commission. So, if you send €100, commission will be €1. Yet, maximum amount of commission has been fixed on 10 Euros. In addition, charges to transfer money from your bank to Skrill are almost free if you are using SWIFT Transfer method. In case of credit cards or debit cards, you will have to pay standard charges.
Where does Skrill Work
Skrill offers its support in around 200 countries, with ability to manage account and send money in 40 currencies. However, It should be noted that earlier, US was not in supported list of Skrill. But now, as of March 2015 United States is included in the list of supported countries by Skrill.
Altogether, Skrill is the best alternative for PayPal in both aspects – as a money transfer platform and web payment.
It is the best choice for professionals, such as freelancers and affiliate marketers, who want to receive money from other countries. While companies use Payoneer as a payment method along with wire transfer and others, users can use this platform to receive payments from any part of globe. Users can receive funds in different ways. Payoneer offers two different ways to use received funds. Through local bank transfer or global transfers or Payoneer reloadable credit card. Plus, you have an option to transfer amount to another Payoneer user.
- Available in 200 countries
- Process transactions in more than 100 currencies (As of 2015)
- Huge acceptance
- Rent of credit card is a bit high
Transfer fees of Payoneer depend upon the country you live and in which currency you process your transactions. In addition, there will be a slight charge when you use your Payoneer Credit Card via an ATM to use your funds.
Where does Payoneer Work
Payoneer works in more than 200 countries and is capable of processing transactions in around 100 currencies. Payoneer is an excellent solution when it comes to processing international transactions despite the fact that service is not available in some countries such as India.
Stripe is another simple way to accept payments from your customers. Stripe is a viable alternative to PayPal as far as easier acceptance of payment is concerned. Stripe accepts a variety of payment methods including cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB. In addition, Stripe can process transactions in around 100 currencies.
Your business should be based in Canada, UK, Australia, United States, Ireland, Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Italy and Switzerland to receive payments from Stripe.
Commission: For each successful transaction, Stripe will charge 2.9%+$0.30 as its commission. Transactions of earnings are processed through a 2-day rolling basis.
- Simple Setup using Plugins
- Integrated mobile payments
- Payment can be sent from any country
- Stripe supports only 19 countries as of now.
Dwolla is yet another simple alternative for PayPal, as a payment service and a platform to send money to anyone on internet. If normal users can use Dwolla to make online payments and sending or receiving money, business owners can make use of Dwolla by using the platform to receive money from their customers. Using Dwolla, it is possible for you to send money to email addresses, LinkedIn connections, Twitter followers, phone numbers and businesses that accept Dwolla. Another feature of Dwolla is Dwolla MassPay, which lets you process thousands of payments at a time. Dwolla was notable for buying and selling of Bitcoins until it stopped dealing with Bitcoin exchanges in October 2013.
- It’s a free service and transaction fees are incredibly low
- Simple User Interface and support for Android and iOS
- Get rid of risks of identity theft, as you’re sharing only email address and phone number
- Easier methods of clearing payments
- Of course, when compared to PayPal, acceptance is pretty low
- Transferring money from Dwolla to your bank account may take up to 2 to 3 days.
- No linking with credit cards or debit cards
This is where we were really impressed by Dwolla. Unlike PayPal, you’ve to pay only $0.25 for each transaction that you make, despite the fact that transaction is free if amount is less than $10.
Where does Dwolla Work
Currently, Dwolla is available only in the United States and you should have a valid US Mailing address & SSN to use Dwolla. Moreover, only US bank accounts can be linked to Dwolla
Despite the fact that Dwolla is trying to launch its service in other countries, availability only in US of the service is a noticeable problem. Except that, Dwolla is a wonderful PayPal alternative for US based users.
2Checkout is a partial PayPal alternative, because it does not allow transfer of money in between users. Instead, merchants shall use 2Checkout as an effective way to process transactions when they sell items. As of now, 2Checkout supports eight payment methods, including Visa, MasterCard, JCB, PIN Debit cards, and PayPal. In addition, 2Checkout works with 26 currencies and you can integrate it with a wide range of shopping carts such as Shopify, ZenCart, Ecwid and 3DCart.
Commission: 2Checkout charges 2.9%+$0.30 per transaction if you are from US and 5.5%+$0.45 otherwise
- Automatic fund release via EFT
- Smartphone Applications to keep track of numbers
- Does not allow transfer of payment between users.
2Checkout is the best PayPal alternative for merchants. It is available in 196 countries through 8 payment methods, 26 currencies and 15 languages.
Implementing WePay in your site means setting up a way for customers to pay without leaving your site. WePay creates a virtual terminal in order to process payment. Since it is an API-based technology, you must have technical knowledge in order to implement WePay. Although the service keeps simplicity in all aspects, some features of WePay are very attractive. Just as some of above mentioned platforms, WePay, though it supports most of international cards, is available for customers from US and have a US SSN and billing address.
WePay payment API focuses exclusively on platform businesses such as Crowd-funding sites, small business software and marketplaces.
Commission: While WePay charges 2.9%+$0.30 in credit card payments, bank payments will be charged 1%+$0.30.
Selz is another alternative for PayPal for merchants and small businesses. It’s a great way to accept payments from customers. Selz is a suitable choice for freelancers as well as bloggers, who do sell something through their website. This service is being used by a number of professional bloggers and other web-based professionals. If you have a WordPress site/blog, you can use Selz WordPress plugin to install it. When compared to PayPal and other prominent payment methods, Selz suits selling digital products. You will be able to transfer amount to your bank account or PayPal.
Commission: For each transaction made through Selz, it will charge a commission of 5%+$0.25.
- Easy-to-use interface
- Support for 190 currencies
- Suits digital downloads
Nevertheless, Selz is not available in countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Nigeria as well as the countries, which are not supported by PayPal.
9. Amazon Payments
Amazon Payments is another alternative to PayPal, and it comes from a web giant – Amazon. Although we can take it as a single platform for processing money transactions online, there are different classifications in Amazon Payments that suit different users – customers, businesses and of course, developers. Online purchases section of the service is made to simplify purchasing task, by using payment methods you have added in your Amazon.com account. Thus, you can skip that task of reentering payment details as well as shipping addresses. On the other hand, WebPay from Amazon Payments lets users send and receive money. In addition, when we look Amazon from Merchant’s point of view, Checkout by Amazon is a feature merchants can implement in order to simplify payment methods.
- It’s from Amazon
- Comparatively wide acceptance
- Integration with Amazon.com
- Amazon WebPay is not available for non-US residents
- High duration for money withdrawal from Amazon WebPay to your bank
Amazon Payments is completely free from the users’ point of view! Using Amazon WebPay, users can send money by paying nothing as well as receiving money from others. Yet, they will have to pay transaction fees if they withdraw amount via credit card or debit card. However, when it comes to merchants’ viewpoint, the commission is a bit high, as Amazon Payments charges based on a rate of 2.9%+$0.30. Nevertheless, Amazon offers volume discounts as well as non-profit discounts.
Where does Amazon Payments Work
Amazon WebPay is currently available in United States. Similarly, when it comes to Checkout by Amazon, it is more complex, because Checkout by Amazon is available for merchants in US. These merchants should have one US-based street address, phone number and credit card.
Altogether, Amazon Payments is an optimum choice for both users and merchants, despite its restricted availability. We do hope Amazon Payments will expand its operations to other countries as well.
Square is a PayPal alternative with a twist. Square will provide you a card reader that will work perfectly with your iPad, iPhone or Android Smartphone. Plus, Square lets users create an online store, from which customers can make purchases.Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express etc. are supported by Square card reader.
In November 2014, Square announced that it will start accepting payments via Apple Pay in 2015.
Commission: Square charges 2.75% of total amount of money that is transferred. By the way, Square Reader is available for US and Canada only.
A war for your wallet has already been raged and Mobile payments are now catching up the pace since the introduction of Apple Pay a year ago. Quick to join it were the likes of Google, Facebook and Samsung to have a piece of this emerging trend in online payments. Apple Pay was introduced as a way to let you make payments with the comforts of your phone, instead of carrying a wad of cash or plastic cards along with you all the time. Through the use of an NFC terminal, supported at 220,000 retailers, you can instantly make payments through simply holding your thumb on the phone’s Touch ID sensor.
After hiring a PayPal executive in 2014, Facebook has recently announced that now you can send and receive payments with your friends through their Messenger App. The feature will soon be rolling out to the US users based on Android, iOS and desktops.
Google’s Android Pay is a new mobile payments platform, on which Google Executive SundarPichai shed some light upon in the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. This is claimed as an ‘API Layer’ platform that would let retailers base their mobile payments upon the newly developed Android-based platform. Another interesting aspect to it was announced as the support for NFC and Biometrics, something similar to Apple’s Touch ID in Apple Pay.
As for with these mobile payments, only time will tell if they manage to sustain and become mainstream.
Commission: It is reported that Apple Pay nets about 0.15% of the transactions made through their platform.
SEE ALSO: 3 Most Interesting Facts About PayPal
It should be noted that we have added these online payment services in random order, as different people have different criteria while finding the ‘best’; some of you might be looking for lower commissions whereas some other prefer international availability. In other words, you can choose the most appropriate PayPal alternative from the list according to your requirement.
So, now, you have a list of top alternatives to PayPal, which one is your favorite? let us know in comments.
People looking for [ayment gateway, then AVOID 2CHECKOUT, as they are a fraud company and if you check their reviews on Google then they have 90% negative reviews on not paying the merchants and locking their money and closing their accounts without any notice, Also the worst part is their support as they do not have any number to call and their support team is pathetic as they reply after 2 weeks even for critical issues.
This is the only payment gateway in the list that has 90% negative reviews, can you imagine this.
This is my personal experience and still haven’t received my money, they don’t give me a reason yet, and no reply from support either.
Most of the reviews say if your account is locked then you will never get the money that’s how 2checkout works, BIG TIME FRAUD COMPANY
PLEASE AVOID 2CHECKOUT
We have switched to Payoneer and Stripe as they have very good support and policy for merchants and are more reliable and legit than 2Checkout.
I would add to this list G2A Pay in my opinion it can be a really nice alternative as a payment gateway, they offer more than 200 payment methods and more than 80 currencies.
Thanks for the suggestions. I also notice that eeewallet.com is planning on offering a free MasterCard (ATM Card) which is awesome. Trasnsfer fee price is lower than Paypal & other alternatives, just 1.5 and you can create a voucher and tranfer money internationally for free.
Not 100 sure theyâ€™re live yet, but check â€™em out.
can use it on ebay
I am in Bangladesh. I want to start Shopify business. there is 2 option for payment. one is 2checkout but i dont like it. high price and some other cons another option is mastercard payment gateway but i dont know much about this i searched google but couldnt find good solution. please help me with this. my mastercard is international debit card. how can i set it up with shopify???
im so confused many websites are scamming this people are paypal is becoming useless now days
PayPal are holding my funds at the moment for no good reason, I can’t get my hard earned money, which I need to pay my rent etc. It’s so frustrating! I am looking for an alternative, I live in Ireland .. but really, which platform CAN you trust?!
Updates need to be made to the list.
Dwolla for example as per their website:
What functionality is being removed from the Dwolla.com dashboard and Dwolla mobile app on December 7, 2016?
The capability for Personal accounts to send, receive, or request funds with other Personal accounts (i.e. P2P) will no longer be available in the Dwolla’s web or mobile applications.
Dwolla has partnered with Current, as an alternative for Dwolla users wanting to send peer-to-peer payments (P2P).
PayPal had permanently freeze my account and holding my hard earn cash for 180 days. What did I do? According to them I had been non- complaint in certain trade. Which rule did I violate, and they are not telling. No appeal, no change…they are worse the court of law. More like communism!
PayPal and permanently freeze my account and holding my hard earn cash for 180 days. What did I do? According to them I had been non- complaint in certain trade. Which rule did I violate, and they are not telling. No appeal, no change…they are worse the court of law. More like communism!
Enjoyed the article above. Am from Bangladesh. Would appreciate much for letting me know how I can receive funds from my relatives in the USA/Canada. Could someone recommend the available money processors where they can receive money from USA/Canada and keep there in my account and whenever necessary I can use that money to buy internet related products? ( like in PayPal ).
Google wallet is absolutely the best for sending and receiving funds, thats why it’s number one on the list!!
It’s not number one. The article says:
It should be noted that we have added these online payment services in RANDOM order, as different people have different criteria…”
Anyone that requires that money be deposited in advance, or demands that they be attached to you bank account, FOR ANY REASON, is not to be trusted. Why the hell should I predeposit and let someone else collect interest on my money? Worse, why would I give anyone access to my bank account? Paypal has a long history of unfairly freezing accounts, but the rest are building their own, similar histories. They will ALWAYS err on their own side.
2checkout stole over $30k from me. They are far worse than Paypal.
I’ve used one call venmo, it was fairly east not sure of the specs, pros or cons but I sent money to a relative from Michigan to Canada
Venmo is from Paypal
I’d like one that I can transfer my payments to my Caribbean bank account without having to have a cheque written. I have Payoneer so far, but you’re not lying about that card fee. YEESH!
Guess I have researching to do.
Cashme is also another great option. It’s by Square. One day for transactions to clear or instant transfer for .80 cents.
I will stop using PayPal if possible. Unfortunately, none of the options listed above works for me. I send money to friends in Canada occasionally. Will keep exploring for other options.
“This free payment processing service only requires the presence of a valid PayPal account on both the receiver and the sender’s end. ”
This is NOT a true statement. Individuals with credits cards and debit cards can send you money WITHOUT having a Paypal Account.
Paypal charges 2.2% of a transaction and a 30 cent per transaction fee for nonprofits and no monthly fee. How is that higher than anybody else. This article would be improved if they had listed the actual rates.
The other fees they charge are hidden. When doing international payment they hit you for about 2% on the exchange rate and hide the rate being applied. They charge vendors also for recieving funds ( unless it is a free personal account.) And they hit you for another 2 percent on exchange rate when withdrawing money if the account isnot the same currency. They hide the fees well…they even lie in their policy statement about the exchange rate they apply. I challenged them once and said your exchange rate is very bad…they said oh thats because we add our margin on the bank buy and sell rates ( as if they dont have access ti a wholesale market..)
Brand new, better than all of them, and fully supportive of disenfranchised businesses: metalpays.com
Not 100% sure they’re live yet, but check ’em out.
Agreed Joanna. Going to Square.
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10/17/16 : Dont really trust any of them , but the CEO of PayPal just gave Donald Trump $1.5 million for his campaign, so I’d really like to avoid his company! Boycott PayPal!
I read about the contribution and feel the same way!
Wow! thanks for info.
According to Wikipedia, Thiel is a co-founder and “former” CEO of PayPal. It is now a publicly traded company and he’s on the board at Facebook.
It was not the CEO, it was the co-founder of PayPal Peter Thiel who donated the money. Dan Schulman is the CEO and President of the Board. Two completely different people AND might I add, Peter Thiel is no longer even part of PayPal and doesn’t even sit on the Board. Basic research will show you this.
Basic research will also tell you that PayPal thought it was a good idea for men who thought they were females to be able to freely walk into ladies restrooms. When North Carolina said, “Uh no, we don’t want males using females bathrooms”,
PayPal stopped their investment plans in the state. How pathetic.
We don’t want to have anything to do with PayPal.
And you’d rather have a criminal, war mongering, psychopathic lesbian that’s dying of Parkinson’s instead? I think you boycotted your ability to think critically…
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I am looking for alternatives to PayPal for a non-profit’s website I manage. I have no dog in this fight; just looking for alternatives to make donor’s contributions go a bit easier. As an aside, I have a PayPal account and have had one for years when they were “it”
“Some countries are not supported by PayPal such as Iraq, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan etc”
What exactly do you imply by the etc? Get you shit together.
And then, you’re bashing paypal for fees but google wallet is better because:
“It’s from google, and that’s a big advantage, you know”? Seriously?
Seems like your mind is set up pretty easily in general, you know, etc.
I’m looking for pay pal alternatives, that work in USA, for on-line stores, any advise?
The title is “PayPal Alternative: Top 10 Services To Make Online Payments”. If you read the article, it lists the countries where each alternative is available.
Square does the EXACT SAME THING AS PAYPAL.
do not use them. they have been holding 3k of my money for 135 days and everyday I am suppose to get it back they instead send me an email of longer holding and there is NO ONE TO TALK TO AT ALL!!!!!!
Who’s holding your money? Square or PayPal….you didn’t specify which not to use????
Amazon is a company that cannot be trusted. Just look at their counterfeiting issues. Why would we trust them with our banking information?
According to Amazon:
What has happened to Amazon WebPay?
As of October 13, 2014, Amazon WebPay is no longer available to send, receive, or request money from other Amazon Payments users.
Another option for making online B2B payouts to partners and suppliers is Tipalti. It allows you to make mass payments around the globe in a range of payment methods and currencies.
An update with one more alternative that could be added to the list is….. Revolut app (ios/android).
Revolut removes all currency exchange fees so you can now send, exchange and spend money globally with no fees at all.
Revolut allows you to:
– Spend for free with a multi currency Revolut card that is accepted everywhere
- Access the best possible rates for currency exchange: interbank rates
– Transfer money to your friends via social networks, email or text instantly, all for free
– Feel more secure about withdrawing from an ATM when travelling abroad, and beat the bank fees!
Super handy features include:
– Push notifications whenever you use your card
– Block your card immediately from within the app if you lose it
– Unblock it from within the app if you find it again!
– No need to go to a cash point if you want to change your card’s PIN, you can change it directly from within the app if you prefer
– Enable location tracking to help prevent card fraud
(N.B: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.)
Revolut is the #1 app you need when you travel or send money abroad.
* The Revolut card is licensed by MasterCard International.
That doesn’t work for people in the United States. I tried to sign up and there was no option for the North America (Canada/USA)
One more alternative that could be added to the list is Cardinity. Pros – the rates, flat 0.25 EUR + 1.7% from the amount paid. Con – they only support EU countries (you can receive payments from anywhere in the world though).