Who Uses PayPal?

Whether you're a small business, ecommerce platform, marketplace, enterprise, or developer, PayPal Commerce Platform offers what you need to run your business and help it grow.

What Is PayPal?

PayPal Commerce Platform is a comprehensive solution designed to serve your business needs and your customers, whether you're just getting started or already a thriving enterprise or marketplace.

Leveraging our two-sided network, the platform lets you connect with more than 295 million PayPal customers around the world and across many platforms and marketplaces.

PayPal Details

PayPal

https://www.paypal.com

Founded 1998

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PayPal pricing overview

PayPal does not have a free version and does not offer a free trial.


Free Version

No

Free Trial

No

PayPal deployment and support

Support

  • Online

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Mobile - iOS Native
  • Mobile - Android Native

Training

  • Documentation

PayPal Features

  • Bulk Ordering
  • Communication Tools
  • Inventory Control
  • Mobile Access
  • Payment Options
  • Promotions Management
  • Reordering
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SEO Management
  • Shipping Management

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  • Catalog Management
  • Channel Management
  • Customer Accounts
  • Email Marketing
  • Inventory Management
  • Loyalty Program
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Order Management
  • Product Configurator
  • Promotions Management
  • Returns Management
  • SEO Management
  • Shopping Cart

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  • Compliance Management
  • Credit Risk Management
  • For Hedge Funds
  • Liquidity Analysis
  • Loan Portfolio Management
  • Market Risk Management
  • Operational Risk Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Portfolio Modeling
  • Reporting
  • Risk Analytics
  • Stress Tests

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  • Analytics
  • Branch Optimization
  • Channel Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Customer Engagement
  • Performance Management
  • Risk Management

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  • Check Fraud Detection
  • Custom Fraud Rules
  • Customer Account Profiles
  • Data Mining
  • For Banking
  • For Insurance Industry
  • Internal Fraud Monitoring

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  • Catalog Management
  • Channel Management
  • Data Synchronization
  • Email Marketing
  • Inventory Management
  • Marketplace Integration
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Order Management
  • Promotions Management
  • Returns Management
  • SEO Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Social Commerce

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  • Access Control
  • Compliance Reporting
  • Exceptions Management
  • File Integrity Monitoring
  • Intrusion Detection System
  • Log Management
  • PCI Assessment
  • Patch Management
  • Policy Management

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  • ACH Payment Processing
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  • Cryptocurrency Processing
  • Data Security
  • Debit/Credit Card Processing
  • Electronic Signature
  • In-Person Payments
  • Mobile Payments
  • Multiple Payment Gateways
  • Online payment processing
  • PCI Compliance
  • POS Integration
  • Payment Fraud Prevention
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Processing Services Integration
  • Recurring Billing
  • Reporting/Analytics

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  • Deferred Billing
  • Dunning Management
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Period Recurring Billing
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  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Self Service Portal

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  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Data Source Connectors
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drill Down
  • Financial Reporting
  • Forecasting
  • Marketing Reports
  • OLAP
  • Report Export
  • Sales Reports
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports

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  • CRM
  • Commission Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Employee Management
  • Loyalty Program
  • Mail Order
  • Merchandise Management
  • Multi-Location
  • Order Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Returns Management
  • eCommerce

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  • Cancellation Management
  • Discount / Coupon Management
  • Dunning Management
  • Enrollment Management
  • Product Catalog
  • Recurring Billing
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Self Service Portal
  • Subscription Plan Management
  • Tax Management
  • Usage Tracking/Analytics

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  • Data Security
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  • Kitting
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Store Management
  • Promotions Management
  • Returns Management
  • Reviews Management
  • SEO Management
  • Templates

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PayPal Reviews

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Overall rating

4,7/5

Average score

Ease of Use 4,7
Customer Service 4,3
Features 4,6
Value for Money 4,6

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Jake H.
CEO
Marketing & Advertising, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/12/03

"A User-Friendly Invoicing System and Accounting System"

Comments: Great so far. I don't see us switching to any other invoicing platform anytime soon.

Pros: The thing that led us over to PayPal was how easily integrated it was with other platforms as well as how familiar everyone already is with it. The pricing is competitive per transaction and it easily allows for international invoicing and payment. It also made it really easy for our accountant to understand the layout of it.

Cons: The only thing I didn't like at first was that I typically associate PayPal with a cash app between non-professional relationships. After seeing their invoicing system, I was immediately impressed.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/12/03
Sarah O.
Marketing Coordinator
Retail, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/10/13

"Great for both businesses and personal use!"

Comments: PayPal is one of the best commerce software out there for both business and personal use. Their online website and mobile app are both very easy to use, when both paying and requesting payments. PayPal has been my go-to payment method for over 10 years, and I've never had any big issues with it. I've always receive payments to my bank accounts within a timely manner, and their customer service team is very helpful as well.

Pros: PayPal is one of the commerce platforms I have used for the longest time. I've used it both for businesses and personal use, and it's never let me down. It's super easy to send money to individuals both on their website and mobile app, and I love that you can write specific notes within each payment. It links seamlessly to your bank accounts, and I always receive payouts quickly. When requesting payments, I love the "reminder" feature where you can politely nudge someone for a payment. It's also easy to pull historical statements for accounting purposes.

Cons: It's annoying that there are transaction fees when you have a business account, though this is not something you can avoid with any e-commerce platform. They all charge fees, but PayPal is actually reasonably priced and competitive compared to other platforms like Stripe or Square, so it's not a huge negative aspect of the platform. My personal PayPal has also been hacked before through eBay back in 2015. There was an unknown foreign charge on there, which was a little concerning since PayPal is linked to my bank accounts. Luckily PayPal customer service was able to refund me the amount and help me set up two-step authentication for security purposes. I have not gotten hacked since!

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/10/13
Verified Reviewer
Owner
Marketing & Advertising, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2021/01/06

"PayPal is Great for Online Transactions but Not for Managing My Day to Day Business Operations"

Comments: I like PayPal a lot. It's very easy to use and it is so universally accepted that it would be a mistake not to have an account. I often recommend that my e-commerce customers use this as a primary or secondary payment gateway just because there are customers out there that won't buy from you if you don't offer PayPal payment options.

Pros: It's accepted pretty much everywhere and is definitely my go-to for making payments any time I shop online. I enjoy PayPal's layer of protection in addition to the protection offered by the credit card I have attached to my account. I have found their customer service to be extremely helpful when I have encountered a less than ideal transaction situation. They take your appeal seriously and tend to favor the buyer if you provide sufficient evidence to support your claim.

Cons: I found better products out there for managing my invoicing and payment requests. I enjoy using PayPal for making personal payments or even making payments for my business but I needed a more encompassing all-in-one solution with features that were not available through PayPal. I also had an issue with PayPal favoring the buyer over the Seller in claim disputes so this was an obstacle I could not overcome because the customer is not always right.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2021/01/06
Brandy M.
Business manager
Consumer Services, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    1 /5
  • Ease of Use
    2 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    3 /5
  • Customer Support
    1 /5
  • Value for Money
    2 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    0/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/07/04

"No help"

Comments: I don’t like or recommend PayPal I used to service and easiness to use the app has changed and it’s a pain for me everytime for almost everything. I am not the only one I have talked to with this complaint.

Pros: What I liked at first was the security and ability to link PayPal to your bank and other cards and financial institutions. It seems a lot of people and business use PayPal for financial services and individuals with small business it’s easy for them to receive payments invoices and pay suppliers

Cons: What I like least is the ability to solve problems and the customer service is hard to reach and not much help when you do. I can give a few examples one most recent and still dealing with an older lady friend of mine not real great with modern technology sold an item on Facebook, the buyer paid through PayPal. My friend sent the item with tracking and payment was received. Well first it too a long time for PayPal to release funds even though both parties were satisfied and stated that. My friend contacted customer support through messages (the only way currently) to find out why her payment was pending for so long. Understandably she had a new account and they wanted to verify all of her information which I was helping her with as far as ID and adding a card to her PayPal. Finally about 30 days later after the verification was up PayPal decided to refund the customers money and sent the $50 back to the purchaser without being asked to do so. When we reached out to PayPal she told that it was a user-friendly interface and that they don’t get involved in customer transactions that she needed to contact purchaser. We attempted but didn’t get response. PayPal in my opinion need to reimburse her 50$. They told her it was because she hadn’t accepted the payment to her bank in over 30 days. This is crap because for the first 30 days it was pending. PayPal has no right to do this and saying they don’t get involved is obviously a lie. That is just the most recent problem I have had.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/07/04
Avash K.
WordPress Web Developer and Pagespeed Optimization Specialist
Information Technology & Services, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/11/14

"One of the Best Platforms for Online Payment"

Comments: I love PayPal. Using it is as easy as browsing the internet. I can receive and request payment from clients all over the world in few minutes as it is accepted in almost all country. It's also easy to track incomes and financial activities. PayPal has made my professional life a lot easier.

Pros: As a part-time freelancer, I have clients from many countries and I use PayPal most of the time to receive money. With PayPal, I can receive money, request money from clients and send invoices instantly to clients and all at a very low cost. I also feel that my information is secure on PayPal as they are a bit ahead in Information Security than other similar platforms. It is also easy to shop online using PayPal as it is accepted in almost all major platforms. Paypal has great and minimal User Interface, so it's very intuitive to use it. The feature I like most is that we can create a PayPal.me payment URL and also embed it in websites. I also like that we can create a pool and then pay in a team.

Cons: Sometimes they lock your account for unknown reasons and it can be frustrating but those things are necessary to keep scammers and fraud out of PayPal so they aren't big deal. However, I have experienced bad errors a few time during checkout. I don't know why it happens but has happened multiple times to me.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/11/14