Braintree vs Laravel Spark vs Stripe

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Decisions about Braintree, Laravel Spark, and Stripe
Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 4 upvotes · 130.2K 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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Stripe was made with developers in mind first so the extensibility of it is great! This makes it very easy for us to integrate and automate as much as we need with its APIs and SDK. It allows a lot of customization of exactly what we need to build our applications. They also manage all of our customers from a tax and accounting perspective which makes it easy from a business standpoint.

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Pros of Braintree
Pros of Laravel Spark
Pros of Stripe
  • 24
    Well-designed api
  • 19
    Developer friendly
  • 17
    Easy setup
  • 14
    Reliable
  • 6
    Excellent documentation
  • 4
    Great support
  • 3
    Can use paypal and debit card
  • 2
    Test it without obligation, great SDK/API and prices
  • 1
    Great API, awesome docs
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    • 301
      Easy setup
    • 292
      Developer friendly
    • 248
      Well-designed api
    • 191
      Great documentation
    • 169
      Clear pricing
    • 75
      Secure
    • 74
      Reliable
    • 63
      Full integration with webhooks
    • 43
      Amazing api
    • 38
      Great customer support
    • 11
      Easy
    • 6
      Credit cards never hit your server - no pci worries
    • 4
      No merchant account/gateway required
    • 3
      Recurring billing
    • 3
      Easy to integrate
    • 2
      Fast UI
    • 2
      BitCoin
    • 2
      Great app
    • 2
      Support for SCA (Strong Customer Authentication)
    • 1
      Payments without own backend (using Stripe Products)
    • 1
      Checkout.js
    • 1
      Great UI
    • 1
      So easy to use
    • 1
      Beautiful

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    Cons of Braintree
    Cons of Laravel Spark
    Cons of Stripe
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      Lacking documentation for mobile integrations
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      • 3
        Connect
      • 2
        CANNOT withdraw USD to a Canadian Bank Account
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        Does NOT have a currency conversion option like Paypal
      • 2
        They keep 25% of the income for 60 days

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      What is Braintree?

      Braintree replaces traditional payment gateways and merchant accounts. From one touch payments, to mobile SDKs and international sales, we provide everything you need to start accepting payments today.

      What is Laravel Spark?

      Spark is a Laravel package that provides scaffolding for all of the stuff you don't want to code. Subscription billing? We got that. Invoices? No problem.

      What is Stripe?

      Stripe makes it easy for developers to accept credit cards on the web.

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