Stripe: A guide to payment methods
As online tools make it easier to connect with global customers, more and more businesses are selling overseas. In fact, a Stripe study found that 70% of online businesses are selling internationally today. While it’s easier than ever to reach a global audience, online businesses are also faced with a new challenge: How do you address the diverse customer preferences of a dunia audience during the checkout experience? The way customers prefer to pay for goods or services online varies drastically based on where they are located. If you don’t create a relevant, familiar payment experience, you could cut off entire countries from your addressable market.
While the dunia payments landscape has become increasingly complex and fragmented, Stripe makes it easy for any type of business anywhere in the world to discover and accept popular payment methods with a single integration.
This guide helps you evaluate and identify the payment methods that are well-suited to your business model and customer preferences and offers an in-depth look at the payment methods Stripe supports.
Over the past decade, payment methods have evolved to support different consumer and business needs. Markets with high card penetration, such as the US and the UK, have seen a significant shift towards wallets like Apple Pay and Google Pay, which offer more security and convenience. Some markets, such as France and Japan, even have their own local card networks that help businesses reach more card users. In markets like Germany and Malaysia, where card use is much lower, bank-based methods are strongly preferred and trusted for online purchases. The banking networks in these markets typically offer a faster and more secure checkout experience where users can authorize a payment using their online banking credentials. Meanwhile, in economies with a large unbanked population, such as Mexico and Indonesia, popular payment methods allow customers to pay for online goods with cash using vouchers.
These graphs show how payment method preferences vary across countries
By accepting payment methods that are both preferred by your customers and relevant for your business model, you can:
Reach more customers globally: As you expand into new regions, accepting local payment methods may be necessary to capture the total market opportunity. For example, 54% of online transactions in China involve wallets such as Alipay or WeChat Pay, and 20% with the local card network China Union Pay. Without supporting these payment methods, you may risk missing out on the substantial and growing buying power of Chinese consumers.
Increase conversion: Up to 16% of shoppers abandon their cart if their preferred payment option isn’t available. Surfacing the right mix of payment options to customers can meaningfully increase the chances that they’ll successfully complete a purchase.
Reduce fraud and disputes: Anticipate and manage the risks associated with accepting online payments by choosing payment methods that match your risk preferences. As a general rule, the better the level of customer authentication, the lower the likelihood of fraudulent and disputed payments.
Optimize your transaction costs: Payment methods have inherently different cost structures. Depending on your business contoh and where your customers are located, certain payment methods may or may not be relevant.
Whether you want to improve conversion in your domestic market or expand globally, surfacing relevant payment methods to your customers is key. But, depending on the nature of your transactions and where your customers are located, certain payment methods may or may not be relevant.
This section covers the seven major payment method families and specific considerations based on your business contoh: e-commerce and marketplaces, on-demand services, SaaS and subscription businesses, or professional services. If you are a B2B platform that enables your users to accept payments, your relevant payment methods depend on the business model of your users (for example, if your users have a SaaS business contoh, refer to the SaaS and subscription businesses section). DescriptionSupports recurring paymentsSupports refundsSupports disputesPayment confirmationCardsCards are linked to a debit or credit account at a bank. To complete a payment online, customers enter their card information at checkout. YesYesYes, highest dispute rateImmediateWalletsWallets are linked to a card or bank account, but can also store monetary value. Wallets typically require customer verification (e.g., biometrics, SMS, passcode) to complete a payment. YesYesYes, lower dispute rate than cardsImmediateBank debitsBank debits pull funds directly from your customer’s bank account. Customers provide their bank account information and typically agree to a mandate for you to debit their account. YesYesYes, lowest dispute rateDelayedBank redirectsBank redirects add a layer of verification to complete a bank debit payment. Instead of entering their bank account information, customers are redirected to provide their online banking credentials to authorize the payment. No, but Stripe supports recurring for some methods by converting to direct debitYesNoImmediateBank credit transfersCredit transfers allow customers to push funds from their bank account to yours. You provide customers with the bank account information they should send funds to. NoYesNoDelayedBuy now, pay laterBuy now, pay later is a growing category of payment methods that offers customers immediate financing for online payments, typically repaid in fixed installments over time. NoYesYes, most methods will take on fraud riskDelayedCash-based vouchersWith cash-based vouchers, customers receive a scannable voucher with a transaction reference number that they can then bring to an ATM, bank, convenience store, or supermarket to complete the payment in cash. NoNoNoDelayedFor e-commerce and marketplaces
Recommended: Cards, wallets, bank redirects, “buy now, pay later”
While frictionless checkout experiences are vital for any business contoh, its importance is magnified for e-commerce and marketplaces. Customers expect streamlined payment experiences—ones that give them what they want, when they want it. The right set of payment methods not only offers payment flexibility and convenience to maximize conversion, but also reduces fraud and increases transaction speed.
Cards are the most commonly used payment method and it’s important that you support all relevant card brands to optimize conversion and costs. Wallets and bank redirects can also help increase conversion by allowing customers to use stored payment information (the added verification also lowers the possibility of disputes). Wallets, like cards, are a reusable payment method—customers provide their payment details once and if that information is stored, they don’t need to share any additional information for future payments. This enables you to offer one-click checkout experiences. If you sell high-value goods, consider “buy now, pay later” payment options, which allow your customers to customize their payment terms and break up purchases into smaller installments.
In many large markets with low card use, such as Brazil, Mexico, and Indonesia, customers prefer to pay with cash-based vouchers and bank credit transfers, which don’t support immediate payment confirmation or native refunds. This can create challenges for e-commerce businesses that typically rely on real-time payment notifications to manage their shipping flows or refunds to promote customer loyalty. Stripe can help global businesses cater to these customers by enabling automated refund experiences and faster notifications for payment types that don’t typically support these features. For on-demand services
With instant fulfillment at the heart of the customer experience, on-demand services need to encourage conversion—often on mobile—while managing fraud risk. Consider focusing on payment methods that offer immediate confirmation that the transaction was successful, such as cards and wallets. These payment options also allow you to store customer payment details on arsip and enable one-tap confirmations, shortening the checkout experience. While wallets typically have the same transaction cost as cards, they are more secure since authentication is required to complete payment, lowering fraud and dispute rates.
It’s still important to consider the local context as payment methods with more friction may be trusted and preferred to pay for on-demand services or add top-ups to customers’ app balance. For SaaS and subscription businesses
Recommended: Cards, wallets, bank debits