Payment Gateways For Dropshipping: PayPal, 2Checkout and Stripe
Money is one of the main reasons why people get involved in dropshipping business.
But how do you actually get the money? All the operations happen online, and your customers from different parts of the globe don’t pay for their orders in cash.
Let’s understand how you can PHYSICALLY get your money from dropshipping with PayPal, 2Checkout and Stripe!
Payment gateways for ecommerce dropshipping stores
Basically, it all works the following way: to accept payments from customers who order something from your dropshipping store, you need to integrate a special system into the webstore.
These payment systems can be:
- PayPal – a global online payment system that makes it possible to arrange online money transfer;
- Online payment processing gateway. Such gateways provided by major systems like Stripe, 2Checkout, etc. allow you to accept credit card and debit card payments on your website.
If your dropshipping store covers the global audience, it’s a good idea to get BOTH PayPal AND credit/debit card processing service integrated on your website. Our own experience proves that it’s a winning strategy.
The reason is, you can’t be 100% sure which method is more convenient for your buyers. Not all of them have a PayPal account, so they only can pay with a credit/debit card for their orders. And for others, it is important that PayPal provides some additional guarantees that might be important for the buyers’ protection.
Long story short, it’s better to get both of the payment gateways integrated. Actually, this is the world-class standard for eCommerce: if you can accept both PayPal money transfers and credit/debit card payments, you maximize your potential profits and, at the same time, show that you really run a serious and trustworthy business.
In our experience, the most convenient combination of the payment gateways on a dropshipping store is PayPal plus Stripe, but of course, for your store, for your country and for your target audience it can be a different combination.
So, let’s get started!
What is PayPal and how can I use it for dropshipping business?
Generally speaking, PayPal is #1 global online payment system developed and supported by specialists from the United States. It has a number of huge benefits:
- It’s safe and secure – the system monitors all the transactions to make sure it’s not fraud;
- It offers so-called Buyers Protection – if something is wrong with the purchased item, the buyer can ask the platform’s specialists for professional help;
- It works on every kind of device, and it’s also possible to download an app to make a payment even quicker;
- It makes online shopping really easy both for the buyer and for the seller.
There is no wonder, then, that as of June 2017, PayPal operates in 202 markets across the globe and holds 210 million active accounts.
Quite obviously, it also attracts businessmen – according to the company’s stats, 7 million businesses around the world use PayPal as a preferred payment solutions.
If your dropshipping store supports PayPal, then your customers will have no troubles making a purchase. They will be able to make a payment in a couple of clicks, and you, in turn, will quickly get their money at your own PayPal account.
So, what do you need to do if you want to get registered in PayPal system?
You simply need to go on the company’s website and select the type of account you’d like (Personal or Business).
Here you can read what’s the difference between these types. For some countries, it is fine to only have a Personal account for your store, and for others it is required to get a Business account. Feel free to contact the PayPal team if you’re not sure which type of account to choose.
To sign up and get a PayPal account, just watch this video and follow the step-by-step registration procedure.
After you complete this simple registration process, you will get an email from PayPal confirming your account has been created and you can now safely use it.
What are credit cards payment gateways and how can I get money from them?
Let’s suppose your store visitor decided to pay for the purchase with the help of his credit or debit card.
How can he do that? And how can you get the money from such cards?
Look at the picture below.
It’s all really simple: the payment gateway is an intermediary between you (the store owner), your customer, and the bank that issued your customer’s credit/debit card.
To pay for the order, your customers enter their credit card data on your website, and the payment gateway connects to the bank owning this credit card, and automatically takes the necessary amount of money from the customer’s personal account. Then, this gateway transfers the money to YOUR account, and that’s how you get paid.
Probably, the most well-known online payment service providers are Stripe and 2Checkout: these companies help transmit financial information between your website and the bank.
Here you can register in 2Checkout system to accept global online payments from your customers.
Here you can register in Stripe system to accept global online payments from your customers.
Please note that both of the systems have their own registration requirements, so it will take you some time to get approved and to start working with these gateways.
How can AliDropship plugin help me get my money?
So, let’s suppose you’ve successfully registered in the necessary systems, and you can accept both credit/debit cards and PayPal payments.
What do you need to do next if you want to integrate these systems into your dropshipping store?
It’s really easy, too.
The original AliDropship plugin supports the most popular payment gateways that are most typically used around the globe. Here you can view the list of payment gateways supported by AliDropship plugin:
To integrate the chosen gateways into your website, you need to do the following:
- Go to AliDropship plugin settings
- Choose the ‘Payments’ tab and click the ‘Edit’ button to change the settings for the chosen gateway
- Look at the fields you need to fill in for every payment gateway. Most typically, the plugin will ask you to provide your account number or a secret code generated within the chosen system.
- Log in your account in the payment gateway, and find the necessary information (codes, etc.) in the ‘Settings’ tab
- Go back to the AliDropship plugin settings and fill in all the required fields
Here you can read the step-by-step process of integrating PayPal option into your dropshipping store.
To connect any other payment options, follow the same steps.
And, if you use AliDropship Woo plugin, it all gets even simpler – WooCommerce supports nearly ALL the payment gateways existing on the planet, so you are able to easily integrate any gateway into your website. All you need to do is go on the WooCommerce official website and download the plugin that enables the chosen payment gateway.
Okay, I connected some payment gateways to my dropshipping store, but how can I physically get the money?
Well, now it’s time for the most interesting part.
You’ve registered in PayPal and Stripe.
You’ve installed AliDropship plugin.
You’ve used it to connect your payment gateways to your dropshipping store.
You started receiving orders from your store visitors, and they started paying you through these payment gateways.
You’re getting your electronic money and you’re wondering how to turn it into actual cash.
It’s not rocket science, either!
When you register in PayPal system and in Stripe/2Checkout systems, you are asked to write the number of your credit card or a bank account. The requirements depend on the system itself, and on your particular country.
This exact credit card or bank account is the place where your money will come. From here, you can withdraw your money and use the cash!
Please note the following:
- Every gateway and every country is different. In some cases, it will take your money several days to be transferred to your account.
- Also, some systems have a minimal withdrawal amount – it means you can’t withdraw the money until there is a certain sum on your account.
Don’t worry if you don’t see the money immediately after the deal!
Carefully read the terms and requirements provided on the official website of your chosen payment gateway, and follow their instructions.
Let’s go through the dropshipping process all over again!
- A customer places an order on your dropshipping website, and pays you money
- You transfer the same order to your supplying seller and pay him for the purchase
- Your seller sends your client the order, and you wait till your payment gateway processes your customer’s payment and transfers the money to your account
Please note: it’s possible that your buyer’s money will come to you later than you pay to your seller. This is why you need to have your own spare money to handle your very first orders! Don’t worry, it will all come back to you later.
Plus, if your supplier is an AliExpress seller, remember that AliExpress doesn’t accept PayPal payments, so you need to store your spare money on a credit card.
We hope this little guide is helpful for you!
Research the payment gateways at your choice, integrate them into your store, and enjoy your fruitful dropshipping business!