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Anyone use both platforms? Care to share your impressions?

I'm thinking of using Skrill as a backup but if it turns out to be quite good, I might use it as my primary mode of payment.

How flexible are they as merchant tools?

Does it make sense to use Skrill as a payment platform for an online bookstore?
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  • Profile picture of the author Instructor
    skrill is ok, but obviously pp has a much larger user base.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex A2Hosting
    We use both. Skrill is great and clients do use it though of course, a lot more clients opt for PayPal or credit/debit card directly on the site (so make that an option also).

    If you really wanted to put your eggs in different baskets, I'd go: Skrill, PayPal and Stripe (with Stripe clients can pay via card on your site whilst you remain fully PCI complaint).
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    I would say the biggest advantage for paypal is they are much larger and more trusted
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  • Profile picture of the author ankur88
    skrill supports almost all countries in this world but PayPal does not support countries like Bangladesh

    but PayPal has lower commission rate than skrill per transaction
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  • Profile picture of the author janurmas
    Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

    Anyone use both platforms? Care to share your impressions?

    I'm thinking of using Skrill as a backup but if it turns out to be quite good, I might use it as my primary mode of payment.

    How flexible are they as merchant tools?

    Does it make sense to use Skrill as a payment platform for an online bookstore?
    I use both Paypal and Skrill. But, they have a different way in the verification method. If Paypal, you need to verify your account using a valid card (only credit card allowed in some countries, but in the USA, you can use a debit card). The Skrill allow you to verify your account using your government identification card or driving license card. Mostly I use Paypal because most of the merchants accept Paypal.
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  • Profile picture of the author mdshahazahanbd
    I have been using the both Platform since 2011 without any problem. I trust these two site without any hesitation. both of their security is strong. I suggest anyone to use both of these. I have use one is alternative to another one. Thanks for your interest.
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  • Profile picture of the author PrincePatridge
    I would opt for Paypal due to lower commissions per transactions. Furthermore, Paypal supports many countries.
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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by PrincePatridge View Post

      I would opt for Paypal due to lower commissions per transactions. Furthermore, Paypal supports many countries.
      Skrill actually costs less.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    PayPal have large audience base and you should get more leads with PayPal. Skrill is ok but I would recommend you to use 2checkout.
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  • Profile picture of the author Higginbotham
    If you conduct any business online (other than "receiving" payments) I would steer clear of Paypal unless you want to have your account shut down. For IMers Paypal is on its way out.
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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by Higginbotham View Post

      If you conduct any business online (other than "receiving" payments) I would steer clear of Paypal unless you want to have your account shut down. For IMers Paypal is on its way out.
      What alternative do you suggest?
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      Originally Posted by Higginbotham View Post

      If you conduct any business online (other than "receiving" payments) I would steer clear of Paypal unless you want to have your account shut down. For IMers Paypal is on its way out.
      It is only on the way out for people that scam other people. There are lots of people on here and elsewhere that have never had a problem with paypal. And do you know why? Because they follow the rules and are responsible.

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    • Profile picture of the author conradomahy524
      Originally Posted by Higginbotham View Post

      For IMers Paypal is on its way out.
      I agree, PayPal is on its way out. In my opinion you are much better off with a processor like Skrill or Payza. Or even better yet still, your own dedicated merchant account.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
      Originally Posted by Higginbotham View Post

      If you conduct any business online (other than "receiving" payments) I would steer clear of Paypal unless you want to have your account shut down. For IMers Paypal is on its way out.
      I've been using my PayPal accounts for nine years.

      PayPal doesn't have a problem with Internet marketers. We helped build their business. What PayPal has a problem with is an illegal or otherwise risky business.

      As with most things in life, if you follow the rules you won't have any problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author jayceexzero
    I have been using paypal ever since I was in college. Skrill is a good site also, but from payment, financial security, financial storing and many other uses, Paypal is the way to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author Man-At-Arms
    Skrill and it's sister ewallet Neteller are primarily used for online gambling transactions, whereas Paypal is much more known and popular for e-commerce transactions. Furthermore Skill has a reputation for bad customer service, which I can agree on from many years of personal experience. They actually used to be a great ewallet solution before the re-branding, but the service has gone down the drain each year.

    I would chose Paypal, but it depends on the country of residence and the service it is used for. There are some better alternatives though, as both of these e-wallets charge high and sometimes horrendous fees.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    i use both,

    you gotta remember, you gotta get people chasing you to BUY., that is what I do.

    But that is not your job, it comes with the payment part as well.

    You gotta have options for people with paypal, CC, or all forms of payment. You got to make it as easy as you can, to make money and to accept payment,

    I even accept BITCOIN payments these days, as I think BITCOIN has a bright future, but last week put through $1000 in bitcoin, through out books in payments. WOW

    Times are a' changin' LOL. so yeah...hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Originally Posted by writeaway View Post


    I'm thinking of using Skrill as a backup but if it turns out to be quite good, I might use it as my primary mode of payment.
    Remember, if you decide to make skrill your primary payment processor, make sure you keep paypal as a backup. Most people have paypal and would probably be reluctant to get accounts with other payment sites

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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    PayPal is on its way out.
    What are you basing that 'fact' on?

    At the end of 2016 Paypal had 197 million active accts. - the growth of Paypal is shown in this link https://www.statista.com/statistics/...nts-from-2010/

    I only post this because there are so many newbies on this forum - and they may believe what they read here. Paypal is not on its way out - it has gained users and trust in the online markets. The trust factor is up because Paypal bans risky sellers, sellers with questionable products or practices, etc.

    If I visit a site where the only option is to use Skrill or Payza - my conclusion is the seller can't qualify for Paypal...and I move on to another site. I'm in the US - and this may not be true in other countries.
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    • Profile picture of the author priyadarshana
      That could be true. However, PayPal doesn't support for some countries, especially Asian countries. As many people in those countries tap into IM, PayPal isn't a solution for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author seogurus
    Paypal has pretty much decimated half of the safe-list/email marketing industry. How have they been doing this? Any merchant with a Paypal account Talk that is conducting business within the safe-list/email marketing world is permanently having their Paypal accounts shut down.

    Don't believe me then check out some of the threads in this forum: Sharing & Advertising Community

    ...and talk to Darren Olander, Maryanne Myers, etc etc who have all been dumped by Paypal and are in the process of trying to pick up the pieces.
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      Originally Posted by seogurus View Post

      Paypal has pretty much decimated half of the safe-list/email marketing industry. How have they been doing this? Any merchant with a Paypal account Talk that is conducting business within the safe-list/email marketing world is permanently having their Paypal accounts shut down.

      Don't believe me then check out some of the threads in this forum: Sharing & Advertising Community

      ...and talk to Darren Olander, Maryanne Myers, etc etc who have all been dumped by Paypal and are in the process of trying to pick up the pieces.
      You are talking about one small segment of internet commerce. Safelists are notorious for chargebacks or refund requests and for good reason.

      I know how safelists work and can do well with them, but most people do not and when they pay a safelist for pageviews and get absolutely no return then they will seek refunds and if no refund is given then they will initiate a chargeback.

      If the safelist owners want to keep paypal accounts in good standing they should take it into their own hands and teach people how to use them. many safelists are encouraging people to build a downline and to paypal this could look like a pyramid scheme.

      I am currently a member of 50+ safelists and I know how to use them but my guess is many people do not. And many will continue to join and get angry because they feel they were lied to.

      So what I am saying is do not blame paypal because your business is shady

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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    encouraging people to build a downline and to paypal this could look like a pyramid scheme.
    If not a pyramid...perhaps looking like "mlm"? Many years ago there were mlm's that were able to use paypal....also were PTC (paid to click) sites that used paypal. You won't see that anymore - or anything where there is a high level of consumer complaints or high refund rates. Not surprised 'safe lists' would be considered 'risky' by Paypal.

    Paypal isn't perfect - what is? My point is that Paypal is TRUSTED by buyers...so like it or not it's wise to have a paypal option if you are able to.
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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      If not a pyramid...perhaps looking like "mlm"? Many years ago there were mlm's that were able to use paypal....also were PTC (paid to click) sites that used paypal. You won't see that anymore - or anything where there is a high level of consumer complaints or high refund rates. Not surprised 'safe lists' would be considered 'risky' by Paypal.

      Paypal isn't perfect - what is? My point is that Paypal is TRUSTED by buyers...so like it or not it's wise to have a paypal option if you are able to.
      There are still many PTC programs (the legit ones) who use Paypal.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    The main reason people complain about paypal is Paypal's HOLD system that can last for months. But if you are legit and you weather the HOLDS, Paypal actually rewards you with smooth transactions later on.
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  • Profile picture of the author MortonHill
    I would support the idea of using pp as it is larger and more widely thrusted.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Marshall
    I like the idea of using shrill as a back up / alternative to Paypal. I thought that Shrill was more difficult to implement than Paypal is that the case?
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  • Profile picture of the author jthom804
    From my experience, paypal is the better option. There are no fees to transfer money to your bank account, its free to send money, and it is more widely accepted and used. But Skrill would be a good back up as you were saying though. But ultimately it depends on what it is being used for.
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  • Profile picture of the author dpnpro
    Really depends on the products you're selling. Online books are "safe," for Paypal and Skrill so either is fine. If you're selling more "risky" products in health, info products, travel, gaming/gambling, adult, etc... then you need a few options in your back pocket.
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  • Profile picture of the author PPG19
    We use both, along with others as well. PayPal has a larger user base and is more trusted so 80% of all our payments comes through PayPal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marcus W K Wong
    The only real benefit I can identify with PayPal for the end user is familiarity. They're used to seeing the payment system so they're more susceptible to trust thanks to PayPal's guarantees (besides that, they're familiar with the UI/UX setup (less friction, more money).
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