Are you setting up your new online store and looking for the best dropshipping payment gateways? Then you’ve come to the right place! In this article, I will tell you all about the best payment gateways available for your dropshipping store.
But first, let me explain what a payment gateway exactly is and what things you should consider before picking one.
What is a payment gateway?
A payment gateway is essentially the tool that lets a customer buy something in an online store. Payments gateways handle all money transactions for an online store.
Let’s say a visitor would like to buy a product from your store. He adds it to his cart, fills in his address, and starts filling in his payment information. This is the moment the payment gateway steps in.
First of all, the payment gateway makes sure that the payment information is processed securely, and the funds are deducted from the visitor’s account. After that, the funds are deposited onto your account, and you will be able to withdraw it to your bank account. The payment gateway often takes a small percentage of this transaction as a fee for their service.
Most important things to consider before choosing a payment gateway
When choosing a payment gateway for your dropshipping store, you can’t just pick one and expect it to work. Maybe the one you picked doesn’t even support dropshipping? Don’t worry though, for this list I only added payment gateways that will not ban you just because you are dropshipping.
Still, here’s a short list of things to consider before choosing a payment gateway for your dropshipping store.
Does it work with the country and currency of your target audience?
One of the first things to consider is which countries you will be selling to. Make sure to check that your payment gateway supports those countries and also supports any different currencies used in those countries.
Ideally, you should pick a payment gateway that people in your target country will recognize (the more popular payment methods in that country).
If you want to learn more about payment gateways in your country or region, you can get payment information sorted by country here!
And if you’re not sure yet which country you’re going to target, then take a look at this article here with plenty of examples. That article even contains countries that are better to be avoided when dropshipping.
Does it support dropshipping?
Some payment gateways will reject you once they get to know that you are dropshipping. They claim that dropshippers get many chargebacks and therefore associate everyone who is dropshipping as part of a “high-risk” group. For this reason, they generally don’t want to do business with dropshippers.
Other payment gateways have restrictions for certain product groups, like here:
In general though, most payment gateways don’t have an explicit rule in their terms of service stating that dropshippers are not allowed. Often, they just do not like working with dropshippers.
However, if you make sure to keep your customers happy and the number of chargebacks low, you will rarely have problems with your payment gateway.
If you want to keep your customers happy, check out our complete customer service guide for dropshipping stores!
What are the transaction fees?
If you are planning to scale your store, this is an important point to consider. When dealing with large volumes of orders, an extra percentage point in transaction fees can impact your profit quite significantly.
Under certain conditions, you can get free transactions with some payment gateways, while the expensive ones can charge up to 4.9%!
How is the customer service?
For your own peace of mind, it’s better to pick a payment gateway with excellent customer service.
I often see some horror stories pass by of people claiming that their whole account has been set on hold while the customer service doesn’t even reply. Sometimes, they even have to stop their advertisements because their cash flow has stopped.
In conclusion, a good payment gateway puts your money on hold less quickly, and if it happens, should have great customer service to resolve the issue with you.
Best payment gateways for dropshipping stores
Now that you know what criteria to look out for when picking the best payment gateway for your dropshipping store, let’s start with the list!
I will discuss each dropshipping payment gateway in the following layout:
1. Shopify Payments
If you have your online dropshipping store on the Shopify platform, this is definitely a payment gateway to set up!
Shopify Payments is completely integrated with the Shopify platform. It takes just a few clicks to set it up on your Shopify dropshipping store!
P.S. If you are looking for a free 14 day Shopify trial to start your dropshipping venture, claim it here!
- Extremely easy to set up with your Shopify store
- Completely integrated with Shopify
- Accepts all major credit cards
- Supports some country-specific payment methods
- Payouts every 3 business days
- Only pay credit card issuer’s rate, no additional transaction fees
- If enabled, removes extra 2% transaction fee for other payment gateways enabled on your store
- Shopify Payments deducts 15$ for each chargeback you get. However, if you win the chargeback, you get it back
- Only available in certain countries
- Some types of businesses and services are not permitted to use Shopify Payments
- Only available on Shopify
The credit card rates start at 2.9% + 30¢ for the Basic Shopify plan, lower to 2.6% + 30¢ for the Shopify plan, and are the lowest at 2.4% + 30¢ for the Advanced Shopify plan.
Who doesn’t know Paypal, this might be the most popular payment gateway for both dropshippers and the general public! Although not always being perfect, the fact that many people know and trust this payment provider makes it a great addition to your dropshipping store.
- Very well-known and trusted all around the world
- Available in more than 200 countries and supports 25 currencies
- Supports all major credit cards
- No startup costs, no termination fee, no monthly fees
- Withdraw your money at any time & for free (assuming it isn’t on hold)
- Poor customer service
- For no apparent reason, your money can be put on hold for up to 180 days. If you are struggling with Paypal holds or don’t want this to happen to you, check out my article about Using PayPal for Dropshipping: How to Not Get Banned.
- High fee (3.5-4 %) when converting currencies (e.g. if you have USD on your account, but want to convert it to EUR for your payout)
- In general, relatively high transaction fees
The transaction fees depend on the country you’re from. If you are from the US, and you receive funds from a Paypal account inside the US, you will pay 2.9% + 30¢.
But, if you receive funds from a Paypal account outside the US, you will pay 4.4% of the transaction amount plus a fixed fee based on the currency.
Stripe is a payment gateway, which is a popular alternative for Paypal. It also has strong partnerships and integrations with Shopify. Stripe actually provides Shopify with their Shopify Payments gateway! It’s US-based and currently available for businesses in 40 countries.
- Modern user interface
- Flexible and customizable
- Supports 135+ currencies
- Automatically transfers the funds to a bank account
- Transparent pricing
- Requires a little programming knowledge to customize
- Transaction fees are similar to Paypal’s
- Money transactions & payout speed could be faster
- In comparison to the number of currencies, merchant accounts can only be created in a limited amount of countries.
Similar pricing to Paypal. See this page for Stripe’s detailed pricing.
For international payments, they charge 2.9% + €0.25, and if currency conversion is required, an additional 2% fee will apply.
4. Amazon Pay
Who doesn’t know Amazon, the giant technology company that just doesn’t stop growing? Amazon Pay is their own payment gateway, which means that people who are familiar with the brand will trust it. In the US alone, Amazon Prime already has 112 million users, and it’s growing every day.
Amazon Pay is convenient as well; consumers can just log into their Amazon account and use their pre-saved payment information to buy your product.
- Low-barrier payment method for Amazon users, they know and trust Amazon Pay’s interface, and their payment information is saved
- Available on all devices
- Excellent fraud protection
- Offers extra features like voice shopping
- Not the cheapest, Amazon Pay’s transaction fees are similar to Paypal’s
- Programming knowledge is required to set up Amazon Pay on your online store unless you use Shopify (in that case, Amazon Pay is integrated with Shopify Payments)
- Sometimes, you will have to pay extra fees like domestic processing fees and cross-border processing fees
For a US domestic transaction, Amazon Pay charges a transaction fee of 2.9% + $0.30, while they charge a transaction fee of 3.9% + $0.30 for cross border transaction. For detailed information about Amazon Pay’s pricing per country, check out this page.
5. Google Pay
Google Pay is another payment gateway from a trusted and well-known brand, perfect for your dropshipping store!
If you have ever used Google Pay yourself, you will know that it is a very fast, easy, and convenient payment method. It also lets you store and save your credit card on your Google account, which makes paying online for a product, app, or service even faster.
- Fast, convenient AND cheap transactions
- Integrated within Shopify Payments (for those with a Shopify store)
- Protects your payment info with industry-leading security technologies
- Loyalty programs, rewards, and cashback available for customers
- Free bank transfer and debit card transactions
- Can save your payment information & address
- For some phones and countries, the features of Google Pay are limited
- While rising, the number of people using Google Pay is still relatively low
Bank transfers and debit card transactions are free. However, if using credit cards or Paypal through Google Pay, you will be charged 2.9% of the transaction amount in total as a fee for the credit card issuer or Paypal.
6. Apple Pay
As a dropshipping payment gateway, Apple Pay has similar characteristics to Google Pay. The main difference is that Apple Pay targets Apple users.
Besides being awesome for internet purchases, Apple Pay is the most popular payment gateway for mobile wallet transactions. In this study, they account for 77% of mobile wallet transactions.
- Let your customers pay without having to create an account or fill out lengthy forms
- Secure payments just take one touch with Touch ID
- Beautiful & simple user interface
- Integrated with Shopify Payments (for those with a Shopify store)
- Accepts all major credit & debit cards
- Only available for Apple product users
Apple Pay only charges a fee of the credit card’s issuer and doesn’t charge a fee on top of that for themself. For a standard credit card transaction, the fee will be the industry average of 2.9%.
7. Crypto Payments
Next up is something that you might not expect; crypto payments!
Yes, that’s right. You can also start accepting crypto payments in your dropshipping store.
We wrote an awesome article about this where we cover three crypto payment gateways, and we cover the reasons why people start accepting cryptocurrencies:
The only thing is that the article is focused on Shopify, but if you’re not using Shopify, then don’t worry!
They all integrate with other ecommerce platforms as well, so check out the article here.
Bonus: Wise (Formerly TransferWise)
This money transfer service is specialized in making cheap and fast international transactions. It is specifically made for people who make lots of international transactions, and they claim to be 19x cheaper than PayPal!
Don’t forget that Wise isn’t a payment gateway, but we added it here because it can save you a lot of money if you need to send money to, for example, your supplier.
- Fast and cheap transactions. Thanks to their real exchange rate system, you could save 75.21 EUR when making a 1000 EUR payment to a GBP account. Also, the payment arrives in seconds (see picture above). Compare their transaction cost with Paypal’s here
- They are well-known and trusted for international transactions, having over 8 million customers
- Transparent pricing
- Support for over 50 currencies with their multi-currency account service
- Not many extra features like recurring billing
- Can only be used for bank transfers
At Wise, the transaction fee is different for each transaction. You can experiment with their fees yourself here. One thing is for sure though, you will pay less than you would with Paypal!
Picking a payment gateway for your dropshipping business can be a hard task. Like I have mentioned at the beginning of the article, there are quite a few things to pay attention to. Each payment gateway has its pros and cons!
If you are just starting out, I recommend you to not look at things like pricing too much. The most important factor is that your customers will be able to pay in their preferred payment method! This will cause you to get extra sales, which will more than compensate for extra transaction fees.
So, first, find out which countries you would like to sell to and what the most popular payment methods in those countries are. Then, I would recommend picking the most popular payment methods like Shopify Payments and Paypal. If you have trouble with those, you can always try and test some of the smaller ones.
I hope you have learned something new today by reading this article! If you have any questions, don’t be shy to contact me or simply leave a comment down below.
Good luck with choosing a payment gateway for your dropshipping store!
Getting Started with Dropshipping in 2021
So, are you ready to get started with dropshipping? Or maybe you have already started, but you’re looking to get some inspiration?
If so, then I suggest reading this complete Shopify dropshipping guide.
It’s a huge article, but it contains everything that you need to know to create your own Shopify dropshipping store in 2021. It’s like a dropshipping course, but then for free!
Reading this article will surely help you to get started and to stay motivated while beginning and continuing your dropshipping journey.
Just don’t forget that success takes time. Keep improving each and every day!
And here are the articles I suggest you read next:
- 23 Most Successful Shopify Dropshipping Store Examples
- Using a Credit Card for Dropshipping: What You Should Know
- 8 Amazing Ways to Get Free Traffic to Your Dropshipping Store
- How to Find Winning Dropshipping Products? (Product Research Methods)