Adyen vs GoCardless

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Adyen vs GoCardless: What are the differences?

Adyen: One integration allows businesses to accept 250 payment methods, from wherever people pay. A payments technology company that provides a single global platform to accept payments anywhere in the world. Businesses can process payments across online, mobile and in-store (POS) with over 250 payment methods and 187 currencies; GoCardless: The UK's #1 for online Direct Debit. GoCardless makes it super simple for businesses to take regular payments online direct from their customers' bank accounts, perfect for invoicing and recurring subscriptions.

Adyen and GoCardless can be categorized as "Payment Services" tools.

Some of the features offered by Adyen are:

  • Adyen support over 250 specific payment methods and all valid currencies. Our broad payment methods network offers 187 transaction and 17 settlement currencies across six continents.
  • Hosted Payment Pages
  • Direct API

On the other hand, GoCardless provides the following key features:

  • Low pricing for everyone
  • Simple dashboard for managing payments
  • Developer friendly
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We're looking for a payment gateway with a robust and dependable API. We will be accepting recurring payments for premium plans on our website, preferably in as many regions as possible.

While looking for Stripe alternatives, we found Adyen, which seemed like a viable option - we would love to hear your thoughts!

I appreciate your time reading this message and hope to hear back from you about your experiences with payment gateways!

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Stripe BillingStripe Billing

I would recommend Stripe because it has a feature called Billing which is built for Premium plans. While adyen has more Payment Options, Stripe has lesser charging rates per transaction. But this also depends if your product is available worldwide or to specific nations. If you want to go worldwide, I would recommend Adyen as It is scalable. If you want to go for some specific nations Stripe will be better and easier to integrate but Stripe will also be great if you are worldwide.

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H.F. Kane
Managing Member at FCC Merchant Services · | 3 upvotes · 5.5K views

Question for you: Where will you be running the transactions through? Will they be done in each country separately or done domestically? The reason I ask, Payfacs (i.e.: stripe, braintree, square, etc) charge two extra transactions if the processing is done domestically. The first being on an international card 1% and the second being in a currency other than your home country's currency 1%.

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Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 4 upvotes · 198.7K views

We use GoCardless to simplify the way clients and partners pay for our services. What intrigued us is the quick and easy ACH feature that gives our clients the option to log in with their bank account and shoot the funds directly to our account. The fee, compared to Stripe is less. Stripe and PayPal charge 2.9% + 30c and Stripe also forces the client to enter in all of their payment details manually and then if the payment doesn't work, the client has to try all over again. GoCardless charges 1% + 25c which is much more reasonable dealing with the large projects that we are currently working on.

We integrate GoCardless with Xero to easily send out quick invoices, receive the funds and track all revenue in one place.

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With COVID-19 looming over us, businesses are, more than ever, looking for ways to set up online payments.

And having recently gone through implementing both Stripe and GoCardless to get monthly subscriptions set up and automated on my company website, I felt there was no better time to write this blog post!

If you're currently looking at working with a Payment Gateway provider API, or you're currently working with one but are not a fan, are looking to automate things a bit more, or are just generally thinking about changing, then you should have a read of my latest blog post where I compare Stripe and GoCardless.

I compare APIs in depth, specifically the subscription checkout flow that both offer (they're very similar, with some BIG differences).

There are plenty of code examples on how to set it up in a Node.js environment and right at the end, I rate each API based on the following factors:

  • API ease of use
  • API documentation
  • Payment pages
  • Costs / fees
  • Security
  • Developer appeal
  • Customer experience
  • Free Trial

So feel free to check it out, and I hope you like it. Please leave any feedback as it is very helpful. Thanks!

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