Take a few minutes and check out the Luke Ramsay’s comparison post PayPal and Stripe. I have used both companies, yet haven’t ever taken the time to drill down into the differences because frankly, I don’t have time to gather the facts and line them all up so nicely. Have you? Which do you prefer to use? Tell me in the comments, please!
One of my day-jobs is working for Crossings at Carnegie in the publicity department. I also find instructors for and organize the classes we hold. I’d like to move us into online registrations at some point so I’ve been looking through various services, everything from Vendini, the service we use for concert ticket sales, to some really flimsy free sites.
One of services I’ve looked at is BookWhen. I like the features, I like the price, I like the courtesy from the person who answered by question via email. I like what Little Wild Things has done with the event pages and how well it integrated into their website. I hope to find some time to kick the tires, using it for my own purposes here at 2Lane for Second Saturday Mornings.
After reading this article, I think that seeing the payment forms side by side was key. I’d not ever thought about how much typing you have to do with PayPal when you pay for something. I do have auto-fill turned on here on my computer but not on my phone. As I think about it, it is very obvious to me which one I’d prefer to use if I was signing up for something on a mobile device. Plus, I like the phrase “no club to join” that Luke used in reference to PayPal. It *is* like joining a club, or signing up for a brand loyalty expectation.
I found Stripe’s the set up time to be much faster – if you’ve not had to work through the PayPal set up, I can assure you that it’s not horrible. You can do it. But Stripe was faster and frankly I didn’t trust that it was done correctly at first because so straightforward.
This article was also straightforward, and just perfect for me to recommend to you. While I’d like to have written this sort of article myself, I’m very happy to be able to point to BookWhen’s article, PayPal versus Stripe – why Stripe wins 9 times out of 10. Go read it, and let me know in the comments if you found this useful.