E-commerce Provider Fees Comparison

The title says it all, if you are looking for an e-commerce provider you can compare the current fees for all of them with a single mouse click.

The table and code below are based on great work by John Reid.

Product Cost:
Monthly Quantity Sold:
Monthly Total Sales:

Vendor % per trans $ per trans Monthly Fee Setup Fees Annual Revenue Annual Cost
2Checkout Dynamic Dynamic 0 49.00    
Avangate I 4.9 2.50 0 0    
Avangate II Dynamic Dynamic 0 0    
BMT Micro Standard Dynamic Dynamic 0 0    
BMT Micro Plus Dynamic Dynamic 0 0    
EC Suite 4.9 1.00 0 0    
eMetrix Dynamic Dynamic 0 0    
eSellerate Dynamic 0.00 0 0    
FastSpring I 8.9 0.00 0 0    
FastSpring II 5.9 0.95 0 0    
Google Checkout Dynamic Dynamic 0 0    
iPortis 6.5 0.50 0 0    
Kagi 6.0 Dynamic 0 0    
Northstar I Dynamic Dynamic 0 0    
Northstar II 4.0 2.00 0 0    
OSoLiS 8.0 0.60 0 0    
PayPal Dynamic 0.30 0 0    
Plimus Dynamic Dynamic 0 0    
RegNow Dynamic Dynamic 0 19.95    
ShareIt 4.9 1.00 0 0    
SWREG Dynamic Dynamic 0 0    
Typical Bank 2.1 0.19 30.00 175.00    
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  1. Mar 7th, 2011 1:31 AM

    good discoveries happen by accident, so I'm happy for tripping over this post. When I saw the SERP snipped mentioning Prelovac I knew I'm onto something good.
    I'm looking at 2Checkout in combination with what seems to be the only cart that allows for elegant selling of digital products, the Tribulant cart. Just an addition to otherwise a very informative post: many paymet processors don't offer their services to the balkan area (I'm from Macedonia) so although most of the convenient purchases are done through paypal, we cant work with paypal, or google checkout for that matter, so this is why I'm considering 2checkout. So, just a small note to people interested in integrations.
    In my case, although google and paypal offer much cheaper deals, their balkano-phobia forces me to opt for 2checkout, who seems to be a bit more open minded.
    My 2 cents.

  2. Nov 14th, 2010 7:48 PM

    This resource is a great start. I'd like to share what I learned when I was looking for a payment gateway and merchant account. I started my own company about a month ago and feel like I researched this topic to death!

    How did you decide which vendors to pick and put in that table? Half of these I've never heard of. Check out Payleap and Braintree. Awesome companies, and awesome service. Payleap has the lowest % per trans cost, but they have a monthly fee. So if you're selling high dollar amount product/services, Payleap could end up being the most competitively priced. I really liked Braintree, but I went with Payleap + Authorize.net (another major one not mentioned on your table) since Authorize.net seemed to be accepted by various tools I wanted to use like Freshbooks. Braintree, is the only company I'm aware of that does not charge for PCI compliance. I think this is a relatively new charge, and you may need to go back and look to see which of the above charge or include this fee. The annual fee ranges from $75 to $150.

    • Nov 15th, 2010 9:00 AM

      I think two factors when picking were that you do not need an additional gateway like (Payleap + Authorize.net) combo and you do not need to have a merchant account (available only in US & UK). I may be wrong though :)

      • Nov 15th, 2010 3:55 PM

        Actually Payleap is an all-in-one solution. So check them out. I chose to use Aurhorize because I wanted ease of integration.

  3. Sep 30th, 2010 9:57 PM

    This is a really cool resource. I use Fast Spring and have been quite happy with it. From your formula, I could save about $350/year if I switched to Google Checkout. But, Fast Spring integrates seamlessly with my design, stores and delivers my software for me, and makes it easy to use coupon codes etc. I can focus on my product on not on these details. Once volume gets too high, I plan to reevaluate the convenience vs. cost. I'm looking forward to having that problem.

    Does anyone know of the impact of Paypal vs. Google Checkout vs. Integrated Design Payment Processor on conversions? It would be cool if someone ran those tests.

  4. Sep 30th, 2010 5:19 PM

    Thanks for providing this article. It's a very useful resource. You may want to change the Google Checkout fees to reflect their current pricing. Unless you are doing $100,000 per month in sales (which is the 1.9% transaction rate), their transaction rate fee is actually 2.9% which is the same as PayPal's.

    • Sep 30th, 2010 5:26 PM

      Thanks for the notice, updated the post.

  5. Sep 30th, 2010 3:19 PM

    This article was good timing. We are looking at releasing our own product and I am initially starting with PayPal because that is what I seem used by many others. But I noticed Google Checkout is a little less expensive. At somepoint, I will probably take a look at that.

    Thank you,
    cd :O)