Online Payment Processors & Merchant Account Providers Guide


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Aug 24, 2010
London, UK.
Accepting payments from your customers is a big chunk of your operations, if not the most important step in the checkout process. It’s a challenge to find the best payment processor (not one is perfect!) so you can catch yourself jumping from one provider to another.

Here’s a super list of the most common payment processors you can refer to and feel free to add any we might have missed. :)



Offers hosted payment solutions, merchant and account services, gateway services, fraud prevention services, PCI compliance, consumer care, affiliate marketing, and a global shopping portal.
  • Accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Diner’s Club, and PayPal on a single purchase page with a single integration point.
  • The releasing of funds is controlled by the Vendor. Funds will be held until it reach the level you specified. Once the account has reached the level, payment will be sent by the method specified on your account.
  • Basic transaction fees are as advertised.
    $49 one-time application fee (per account)
    5.5% and $0.45 per sale
Contact Info:
1785 O’Brien Rd
Columbus, OH 43228

Main Phone: 1.614.921.2450
Toll-Free (US and Canada): 1.877.294.0273
UK: 0871 284 4844
Admin Office: 1.614.921.2449
Main Fax Number: 1.614.921.2451
Open a Support Ticket:
Email: (E-mail hidden for privacy)

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TSC Discussions: is a payment gateway that enables you to authorize, settle, and manage credit card and electronic check payments.
  • Products and services includes Fraud Prevention and Detection, Virtual Terminal, Automated Recurring billing, Customer Information Manager and eCheck.Net
  • Accepts all major credit cards, signature Debit Cards, eCheck.Net, International Customers in U.S. Dollars
  • You have the option for an advance integration method where customers pay on your website, server integration method wherein customers are directed to the website or simple checkout, customers pay directly on the website
  • The following are suggested retail price only. Actual retail fees vary according to prices set by Authorize. Net resellers.
  • Gateway Setup Fee - $99.00
  • Monthly Gateway Fee - $20.00
  • Transaction Fee - $.10
  • Batch Fee - $.25
  • Funds will be received as few as 1-2 days, depending upon your merchant account provider. Automatic deposit into your merchant account.
Contact Info:
Merchant Support:
If you still need assistance, our support representatives are available to assist you via e-mail, online chat or phone at 877-447-3938.

Support Hours: Monday through Friday, 5 AM to 5 PM Pacific time (closed major holidays)

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PayPal is a third party gateway payment processing solution that allows businesses to accept payments funded by major credit or debit cards, by bank transfer or by PayPal balance. With PayPal, you are automatically able to accept multiple payment options, without the need for individual contracts.
  • PayPal offers a diverse range of payment solutions for businesses, such as Express Checkout allowing customers to pay in just a few clicks; or Website Payments Pro, a complete solution that offers you a merchant account gateway to accept payments online, or by phone, fax or email.
  • Accept PayPal payments from customers and all major credit cards
  • PayPal allows you to get funds directly into your PayPal account immediately
  • Integrates with OScommerce, ZenCart, Cube Cart and other shopping carts
  • With a network of more than 190 countries and regions, and in multiple currencies, PayPal give you or your business a way to pay or get paid.
  • No monthly fees, no set up fees, no fees to send invoice. You pay a fixed percentage and a low transaction fee for each sale.
Contact info:
Here is a discussion that contains all Paypal phone numbers: PayPal and eBay Contact Telephone Numbers
Call PayPal Customer Service
Email us
Contact us online

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PSI Gate

Psi Gate offers merchant accounts, online payment gateway services, and e terminal support for online credit card processing for businesses across North America, in Canada and the US.
  • Services includes credit card processing, , Interac Online, Virtual Terminal/eTerminal, PCI Data Security, fraud screening and financial account reporting.
  • Interac Online is a payment option that allows your customers to pay for products and services online directly from their bank account.
  • Funds are deposited into your chosen bank account at no charge.
  • Provides Visa, MasterCard and American Express Internet Merchant Accounts (Merchant IDs) for Canadian-based businesses and companies as wells as US Merchant IDs to American merchants.
  • PSiGate's recurring billing module allows you to automatically bill customers. Pay and Metacharge)

SECPay and Metacharge were acquired in 2007 and 2006 respectively, by, one of UK's providers of payment gateway solutions. PayPoint helps thousands of e-commerce businesses accept secure payments online and over the phone.
  • Services include Payment Gateway, Merchant Account, Webshop services.
  • Multiple payment options: all major cards, PayPal, PayCash, emailPay, which allows you to email your customers with unique, secure hyperlinks directing them to’s secure payment pages.
  • PayPoint provides a range of integration options.
  • Set up fees, transaction fees and monthly fees vary depending on the services you choose.
Contact info:, 1 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AE
New Business Merchant Support & Accounts
Tel: 0800 810 0136 (free call) Tel: +44 (0)845 2585 890 (local rate)
Email: (E-mail hidden for privacy) Email: (E-mail hidden for privacy)

Sales Technical Support
Tel: 0800 810 0136 (free call) Tel: +44 (0)845 2585 890 (local rate)
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Trust Commerce

Trust Commerce is primarily a payment gateway but also offers a variety of other services such as credit card processing services, such as; point of sale (POS), mail order/telephone order (MOTO), online store, subscription, recurring billing, continuity and installment billing, and virtual POS needs.
  • Support for all major credit card types including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover/Novus, Diner's Club/Carte Blanche, JCB and Enroute.
  • TrustCommerce debit card processing software can accommodate both PIN-based and PIN-less debit card transactions.
  • TrustCommerce can work with virtually any US merchant bank provider.
Contact Info:
9850 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Voice: 800.915.1680
Fax: 949.266.0359
Contact Form

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Nochex is a UK based online payment company that provides online payment services to smaller online businesses.
  • Allows merchants to collect payments funded by all major credit and debit cards from their website.
  • No monthly fees and instant cash withdrawals.
  • Services include Seller account that accepts UK only payments and Merchant account for UK and International payments.
  • Transaction rate is 2.9% + 20p for Seller account and Tierred % + 20p for Merchant account.
  • Merchant account comes with a custom branded payment page while a Seller account will direct customers to Nochex payment page.
Contact Info:
Send a ticket depending on the type of accounts:
Merchant Services
Merchant Account
Seller Account upgrade (to a merchant account)
Seller Account
Personal Account

Shopper Support: support ticket
Customer / Technical Support: submit a support ticket

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BancTec, Inc. (BancTec) is engaged in providing payment processing, document and content processing and information technology (IT) services.
  • Clear your payments within hours from receipt with guaranteed SLA levels
  • Benefit from cheque processing services and full clearing capabilities
  • Streamline remittance processing tasks to cut costs and improve service levels
  • Cross-reference with cash letter reports and balancing items and capture payment correspondence
  • Integrates with all standard technology platforms (SAP, Oracle, .NET, etc.) to deliver account information and exceptions
  • Provide proprietary hardware and software solutions that allow you to process payments
  • Hardware products:
  • X-Series - This mid-range transport for cheque and remittance processing offers one- or two-pass applications.
  • Branch Cheque Scanner - BancTec is the primary UK supplier of Seac Banche cheque scanning products. BancTec supplies all Seac cheque codeline readers, reader sorters and document reader scanning products.
  • Software:
  • CenterVision - BancTec’s CenterVision instantly improves your business performance by converting all paper and electronic documents into usable digital content - and delivering it directly to the appropriate business application or knowledge worker.
  • AP Master - this feature rich in-house solution provides advanced line-item processing, PO matching, customised reports, integration with client ERP systems and advanced implementation and training services.
Contact info:
BancTec UK
Jarman House
Mathisen Way
Tel: +44 (0)1753 778888
Contact: Please click here to complete the enquiry form

BancTec Ireland
Unit 13H
Blanchardstown Corporate Park
Dublin 15
Tel: +353 (0)1861 6000
Contact: Please click here to complete the enquiry form

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Wirecard provides a broad range of products and services for electronic payments. They provide customized solutions for payment processing that includes, credit card and direct debit processing, SEPA direct debit, online banking, international payments, terminals for offline retail and payment page for eCommerce
  • All established cards and currencies available
  • Automatic currency conversion possible
  • Acceptable payment methods:[/FONT][FONT=&quot]VISA (incl. Verified by VISA), MasterCard (incl. MasterCard SecureCode), American Express, Diners Club, JCB, Wirecard, Maestro SecureCode, Pay with your mobile phone, paysafecard, cash-ticket, Direct debit, giropay, ideal and more.
Contact info:
Sales Contact

World Pay

WorldPay is a payment processing company. It provides payment services for mail order and internet retailers, as well as point of sale transactions.
  • Provides various payments solutions depending on your business needs. Services includes online payments, face-to-face payments, mail and telephone order payments, recurring payments.
  • WorldPay is also a provider of merchant accounts.
  • Multi-currency - can process over 75 payment types and 120 transaction currencies
Online Contact:
New Customers:
Phone from the UK: 0870 366 1290
Phone internationally: +44 (0)1268 500 615
Make an Inquiry

Existing Customers:
Phone from the UK: 0870 366 1233
Phone internationally: +44 (0)1223 258 493

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USA ePay


USAePay offers a wide range of payment solutions for online and business transaction needs, providing credit card processing and check transaction processing.
  • USA ePay has multiple payment solutions for retail, MOTO, eCommerce or wireless environment.
  • Multi-currency processing allows customers to pay for products and services in their home currency.
  • USA ePay is compatible with multiple shopping carts and eStores out on the internet.
Contact Info:
Phone: (866) USA-ePay (872-3729) ext. 302
(323) 931-2233
Fax : (323) 931-2231
Email : (E-mail hidden for privacy)

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Aug 24, 2010
London, UK.
Re: Payment Processors

Sage Pay

Sage Pay (formerly Protx) is one of UK's independent payment gateways that provides secure payment processing for businesses of all sizes. Accept card payments online, over the phone or via mail order.
  • Payment services includes Payment Gateway via the Sage Pay Go that allows you to process payments online, over the phone or via mail order.
  • Provide simple application service for a Merchant account at the same time with their payment gateway.
  • Flat-rate pricing for the payment gateway from £20 per month
  • Sage Pay has integrated with Sage and TAS accounts software to allow you to securely process card payments.
Contact Info:
UK Ireland
Customer Support: Customer Support:
Phone: 0845 111 44 55
Phone: 1800 222 123

Sales Enquiries: Sales Enquiries:
Phone: 0845 111 44 66
Phone: 1800 882 020
Email Sales

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Pay Gate

PayGate is a specialist credit card payment services provider in Sub Saharan Africa that offers online, batch and Internet-based Point of Sale payment services.
  • You need to apply for a separate Internet Merchant account but they could assist in applying for one, once you sign up with their service.
  • Using PayGate you can accept payments from all major credit cards issued anywhere in the world. (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club).
  • It takes the bank 1-2 days to transfer the money from your customer's credit card to your account.
  • Allows processing of recurring transactions.
Contact Info:
Information and Sales enquiries: (E-mail hidden for privacy)
Technical support queries: (E-mail hidden for privacy)
Office number: 0861 102 172 (from within South Africa)
International: +27 (0)21 712 7841


eWAY is a payment gateway provider allowing you to accept online and mail order credit card payments.
  • Process credit card transactions 24/7 from anywhere in the world
  • Process foreign currencies on your eCommerce website
  • Accepted credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB and Diners
  • eWAY supports all major banks in Australia
  • Pricing plans vary depending on your business needs and transaction volume.
  • Processes recurring, mobile, offline, and batch payments
  • Can assist in the application of merchant account
Contact Info:
Web Active Corporation Pty Ltd
15 Dundas Court
Phillip ACT 2606

Phone 1800 10 65 65
Int +61 (0) 2 6162 1011
Fax +61 (0) 2 6162 4481

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ProPay provides payment solutions for businesses of all sizes. ProPay offers a variety of Merchant Services and Merchant Accounts that allow companies to accept credit card payments and ACH payments.
  • Multiple ways to process cards
  • Accept all major card brands under one merchant account
  • A credit card transaction usually takes 2-3 days to settle in your ProPay Account. Once the funds have settled, you then have the ability to transfer the funds to any bank account in the United States.
  • Processing Fees are dependent on which account type you have.
  • ProPay offers several options to enable using your merchant account with your eCommerce Website.
  • ProPay does not offer a shopping cart solution but has partnered with third-party shopping cart providers
Contact Info:
ProPay, Inc.
3400 N. Ashton Blvd.
Suite 200
Lehi, UT 84043

Customer Service: (E-mail hidden for privacy)
Sales: (E-mail hidden for privacy)
Marketing: (E-mail hidden for privacy)
Risk Management: (E-mail hidden for privacy)

Phone: 801.341.5300
Fax: 801.341.5301
Sales: 888.227.9856
Customer Service: 866.573.0951

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Google Checkout

Google Checkout is an online payment processing service provided by Google. Users store their credit or debit card and shipping information in their Google Account, so that they can purchase at participating stores by clicking an on-screen button.
  • Transaction fees depend on your monthly sales volume. No monthly, setup or gateway fees.
  • Google's comprehensive protection is free.
  • Integration options:
Email invoices - Email customers a request for payment.
Google Checkout store gadget - Easily create a store using a Google spreadsheet. Embed in Blogger, Sites, iGoogle, and websites.
Pre-integrated shopping carts
Buy Now buttons
Google Checkout shopping cart
Custom shopping carts

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Allows you to send and receive payments from anyone with a valid email address and debit/credit card in British Pounds and Euro's or a bank account in these currencies with online banking facilities.
  • Instant - uploading of funds, transfers and receipts are immediate
  • Rates
  • Instant Payments - You enter the person receiving the money's email address and the amount to be sent. Payment is then made and received instantly.
  • Escrow Payments - Money held by a third party until the conditions of an agreement are met. Pending the completion of a purchase, the payment for the goods will be held in escrow
Contact Info:
PPPay Ltd
82 High Road
KT14 7QW

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With Moneybookers, people can send and receive payments through the Internet – all that is needed is an email address. Moneybookers makes sending money as easy as sending email. Moneybookers supports domestic funding options in over 200 countries.
  • All you need to send a payment is the recipient's email address.
  • Integration - no set up or monthly fees.
  • Fees
  • All payments are made instantly - money can be transferred to your bank account as soon as it is received.
  • Merchant Services:
  • You simply advise your customers to make the payment payable via the Moneybookers system to any of your registered email addresses.
  • The customers will need to instruct the transfer themselves on the Moneybookers system and you will need to process the transaction manually – funds will appear in real-time on your Moneybookers account and for each transfer received you will instantly receive a confirmation email.
  • You may also choose to place a Moneybookers payment button on your web site.
  • The customer makes the payment on Moneybookers' secure web servers. He is automatically redirected back to the merchant's web site once the payment is complete.
Contact Info:
Moneybookers / Merchant Services
Welken House, 10-11
Charterhouse Square,
London EC1M 6EH, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 870 383 0762 (Mon-Fri, 8:00 - 17:00 GMT)

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New Merchants:(E-mail hidden for privacy)

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Aug 24, 2010
London, UK.
Intuit Pay

Intuit Pay gives you debit and credit card processing for payments on the go and in your home or office.
  • Take cards on the go
  • Process payments from home or office
  • Accept a range of cards
  • Customised receipts
  • Real-time access to a complete record of all your transactions
Contact Info:
Sales team is available 8am - 8pm on working days. Just call 0808 168 9533. You can also email (E-mail hidden for privacy)

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May 6, 2009
What about linking straight to your merchant account such as Barclays ePDQ?


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Aug 24, 2010
London, UK.
Hi Mohammad,

Based on several discussions I've seen here in the forum, I think PayPal is your best option especially if you are selling on eBay.
Jenilee, I am just starting out, and I'm a little confused. We have a website, but we are currently not selling on our site. I am trying to decide whether to sell directly from our site, or transfer it into an ecommerce site such as Shopify or Bigcommerce. Do you have an opinion on what would be easier? It seems that setting up sales on our existing account may be an involved, daunting process, where going with one of those platforms might already have all of the payment/shopping cart features set up.....thank you.
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Sep 26, 2012
London, UK
Hi Katie,

I think it would be best for you to just sell on your own website. Simply because not a lot of customers like it if they are being transferred to different sites / portals. What's more, you might be spending more if you use ecommerce sites like Shopify, and managing your own website and another for selling could take more hours for you looking ahead.

True that setting up your current site may be a daunting task, though you could have one person to do it for you for a one time fee. Take a look at our services section and you might be able to see one who could provide you with such service, I think it would be a better bargain for you in the long run and all website hits will be focused in just one place.

Hope that helps,


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Aug 24, 2010
London, UK.
We have shared this thread on Twitter and asked our Twitter friends if they have other recommendations. Here are other alternatives you can check:

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We will also update our guide to provide additional information on these options.
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Hi Katie,

I think it would be best for you to just sell on your own website. Simply because not a lot of customers like it if they are being transferred to different sites / portals. What's more, you might be spending more if you use ecommerce sites like Shopify, and managing your own website and another for selling could take more hours for you looking ahead.

True that setting up your current site may be a daunting task, though you could have one person to do it for you for a one time fee. Take a look at our services section and you might be able to see one who could provide you with such service, I think it would be a better bargain for you in the long run and all website hits will be focused in just one place.

Hope that helps,
Thank you Erik. I do agree with that. I wasn't really thinking of running two separate accounts, I was thinking of directing our existing domain to an ecommerce site and using that as our only site, for selling and everything. I think it would be too much to maintain two sites, and unnecessary. I have been researching the steps to taking payments on our own site, and between applying for the IMA, choosing a PSP, SSL, and everything that goes with it, I am overwhelmed to say the least. I will look into the services section and see what I think. Thank you very much.
Aug 22, 2009
Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Sorry but I disagree with Erik, having someone else do it is never a one time fee unless a person becomes rather competent at installing / merging add ons (as and when needed), upgrading and fixing things when they go wrong, for example, I have seen 'one time fees' from around £300, for setup, etc. with further / later work to be charged extra (by either the same or different people / businesses), so to initially even dip their toe in the water to try it out would see them at least around that out of pocket, whereas hosted solutions start from around £15 per 30 days (albeit that's ours, shopify, etc. differ), and can be cancelled at any time should things not work out, if anything that's a far smaller risk to try, and all installations, updates, etc. are done for you.

There is no real black and white answer as what is best depends on several variables, the primary one being the needs of the individual, I started with 'free ecommerce stores' and the amount of hours I have had to spend researching is pretty immense to be honest, but if I hadn't, it would have cost thousands over the years to get, and keep them how I wanted.

Therefore, my suggestion would be to try them, see which suits, if a ready made solution fits the bill then why initially risk more than necessary? with most you can always move later should you wish and maybe have someone 'in house' which can keep on top of the technical stuff, yes, so called 'one time fees' may look cheaper on paper, but unless you can do it yourselves, then taking into account the extras of addons, upgrades, etc. over time, you could maybe get several years hosted with a competitively priced hosted solution for around the same or less, not to mention your time depending on what rate you value it at, I remember on many an occasion in the early days thinking I'll give it a go to save paying somebody" and eventually spending many stressful hours researching and using trial and error to get the site working properly again (this isn't a scare tactic, it's a true story).

So as with anything it really depends on the individual and their needs, so my advice would be to test out as many demo's and free trials as you can and see what's best for you and the best value solution suited to YOUR needs and ability, and remember, cheapest and best rarely go together, what you need is VALUE, and that can only be perceived by you and what you want out of it.
Just going to throw my opinion in on this one. I largely agree with Gary on this one. When you are starting out you need to limit unnecessary expenditure as much as possible and very rarely will a 'one off fee' for a wed design dev work ever truly be 'one off'

Instead what I tend to recommend to clients of mine is to look at specialist e-commerce sites. To most I recommend Magento as the avenue to do this, largely because Magento will do everything you need it to do and it will grow with your business, eliminating the need to switch services down the line. I know a lot of people say that Magento is complicated but it can be as simple or as complicated as you need it to be. If you spend some time using the software then I would argue that this would be a better use of your time and you would get more value out of it in the long run, rather than paying for a third party to do it for you.
Nov 27, 2014
I note you haven't mentioned Secure Trading. Here in the UK they're one of the larger payment gateways handling both online and in store transactions. The reason I mention them is that I have been doing a lot of research into this myself lately and by all accounts if reliability is your primary concern there is no more dependable provider.

I am thinking I will go with them for payment processing on my new eCommerce website and would be happy to provide my thoughts on the experience once I've had a chance to assess it all, but in the meantime if anyone else has further details or would like to know more, do take a look round their site: Secure Trading

I'd be keen to hear if others have had any dealings with them
Apr 20, 2019