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Payment Gateways For Dropshipping: PayPal, 2Checkout and Stripe

By Olga L.

Payment Gateways For Dropshipping: PayPal, 2Checkout, Stripe

Money is one of the main reasons why people get involved in dropshipping business.

Entrepreneurs get ready-made dropshipping stores and promote them to attract more customers because they want to receive more orders and to get their awesome profits!

But how do you actually get the money? All the operations happen online, and your customers from different parts of the globe don’t pay for their orders in cash.

Let’s understand how you can PHYSICALLY get your money from dropshipping with PayPal, 2Checkout and Stripe!

Payment gateways for ecommerce dropshipping stores

Basically, it all works the following way: to accept payments from customers who order something from your dropshipping store, you need to integrate a special system into the webstore.

These payment systems can be:

  • PayPal – a global online payment system that makes it possible to arrange online money transfer;
  • Online payment processing gateway. Such gateways provided by major systems like Stripe, 2Checkout, etc. allow you to accept credit card and debit card payments on your website.

If your dropshipping store covers the global audience, it’s a good idea to get BOTH PayPal AND credit/debit card processing service integrated on your website. Our own experience proves that it’s a winning strategy.

The reason is, you can’t be 100% sure which method is more convenient for your buyers. Not all of them have a PayPal account, so they only can pay with a credit/debit card for their orders. And for others, it is important that PayPal provides some additional guarantees that might be important for the buyers’ protection.

Long story short, it’s better to get both of the payment gateways integrated. Actually, this is the world-class standard for eCommerce: if you can accept both PayPal money transfers and credit/debit card payments, you maximize your potential profits and, at the same time, show that you really run a serious and trustworthy business.

In our experience, the most convenient combination of the payment gateways on a dropshipping store is PayPal plus Stripe, but of course, for your store, for your country and for your target audience it can be a different combination.

So, let’s get started!

What is PayPal and how can I use it for dropshipping business?


PayPal for dropshipping business

Generally speaking, PayPal is #1 global online payment system developed and supported by specialists from the United States. It has a number of huge benefits:

  • It’s safe and secure – the system monitors all the transactions to make sure it’s not fraud;
  • It offers so-called Buyers Protection – if something is wrong with the purchased item, the buyer can ask the platform’s specialists for professional help;
  • It works on every kind of device, and it’s also possible to download an app to make a payment even quicker;
  • It makes online shopping really easy both for the buyer and for the seller.

There is no wonder, then, that as of June 2017, PayPal operates in 202 markets across the globe and holds 210 million active accounts.

Quite obviously, it also attracts businessmen – according to the company’s stats, 7 million businesses around the world use PayPal as a preferred payment solutions.

If your dropshipping store supports PayPal, then your customers will have no troubles making a purchase. They will be able to make a payment in a couple of clicks, and you, in turn, will quickly get their money at your own PayPal account.

So, what do you need to do if you want to get registered in PayPal system?

You simply need to go on the company’s website and select the type of account you’d like (Personal or Business).

Here you can read what’s the difference between these types. For some countries, it is fine to only have a Personal account for your store, and for others it is required to get a Business account. Feel free to contact the PayPal team if you’re not sure which type of account to choose.

To sign up and get a PayPal account, just watch this video and follow the step-by-step registration procedure.

After you complete this simple registration process, you will get an email from PayPal confirming your account has been created and you can now safely use it.

What are credit cards payment gateways and how can I get money from them?

Let’s suppose your store visitor decided to pay for the purchase with the help of his credit or debit card.

How can he do that? And how can you get the money from such cards?

Look at the picture below.

credit cards payment gateways for ecommerce dropshipping store

It’s all really simple: the payment gateway is an intermediary between you (the store owner), your customer, and the bank that issued your customer’s credit/debit card.

To pay for the order, your customers enter their credit card data on your website, and the payment gateway connects to the bank owning this credit card, and automatically takes the necessary amount of money from the customer’s personal account. Then, this gateway transfers the money to YOUR account, and that’s how you get paid.

Probably, the most well-known online payment service providers are Stripe and 2Checkout: these companies help transmit financial information between your website and the bank.

Here you can register in 2Checkout system to accept global online payments from your customers.

Here you can register in Stripe system to accept global online payments from your customers.

Please note that both of the systems have their own registration requirements, so it will take you some time to get approved and to start working with these gateways.

How can AliDropship plugin help me get my money?

So, let’s suppose you’ve successfully registered in the necessary systems, and you can accept both credit/debit cards and PayPal payments.

What do you need to do next if you want to integrate these systems into your dropshipping store?

It’s really easy, too.

The original AliDropship plugin supports the most popular payment gateways that are most typically used around the globe. Here you can view the list of payment gateways supported by AliDropship plugin:

dropshipping payment gateways supported by AliDropship plugin

To integrate the chosen gateways into your website, you need to do the following:

  • Go to AliDropship plugin settings

AliDropship plugin payment settings

  • Choose the ‘Payments’ tab and click the ‘Edit’ button to change the settings for the chosen gateway
  • Look at the fields you need to fill in for every payment gateway. Most typically, the plugin will ask you to provide your account number or a secret code generated within the chosen system.
  • Log in your account in the payment gateway, and find the necessary information (codes, etc.) in the ‘Settings’ tab
  • Go back to the AliDropship plugin settings and fill in all the required fields
  • Enjoy!

Here you can read the step-by-step process of integrating PayPal option into your dropshipping store.

To connect any other payment options, follow the same steps.

And, if you use AliDropship Woo plugin, it all gets even simpler – WooCommerce supports nearly ALL the payment gateways existing on the planet, so you are able to easily integrate any gateway into your website. All you need to do is go on the WooCommerce official website and download the plugin that enables the chosen payment gateway.

Okay, I connected some payment gateways to my dropshipping store, but how can I physically get the money?

Well, now it’s time for the most interesting part.

You’ve registered in PayPal and Stripe.

You’ve installed AliDropship plugin.

You’ve used it to connect your payment gateways to your dropshipping store.

You started receiving orders from your store visitors, and they started paying you through these payment gateways.

You’re getting your electronic money and you’re wondering how to turn it into actual cash.

It’s not rocket science, either!

When you register in PayPal system and in Stripe/2Checkout systems, you are asked to write the number of your credit card or a bank account. The requirements depend on the system itself, and on your particular country.

This exact credit card or bank account is the place where your money will come. From here, you can withdraw your money and use the cash!

Please note the following:

  • Every gateway and every country is different. In some cases, it will take your money several days to be transferred to your account.
  • Also, some systems have a minimal withdrawal amount – it means you can’t withdraw the money until there is a certain sum on your account.

Don’t worry if you don’t see the money immediately after the deal!

Carefully read the terms and requirements provided on the official website of your chosen payment gateway, and follow their instructions.

Let’s go through the dropshipping process all over again!

When you use 2Checkout, Stripe, and PayPal, dropshipping business brings you money in cash

  • A customer places an order on your dropshipping website, and pays you money
  • You transfer the same order to your supplying seller and pay him for the purchase
  • Your seller sends your client the order, and you wait till your payment gateway processes your customer’s payment and transfers the money to your account

Please note: it’s possible that your buyer’s money will come to you later than you pay to your seller. This is why you need to have your own spare money to handle your very first orders! Don’t worry, it will all come back to you later.

Plus, if your supplier is an AliExpress seller, remember that AliExpress doesn’t accept PayPal payments, so you need to store your spare money on a credit card.

We hope this little guide is helpful for you!

Research the payment gateways at your choice, integrate them into your store, and enjoy your fruitful dropshipping business!


By Olga L.
Olga is a Copywriting Director at AliDropship. Having graduated from the Faculty of International Business’ as an Advertising specialist, she puts years of her copywriting experience into making clear and informative guides, tutorials, and other educational materials for dropshipping newcomers worldwide.
Ash 7 years ago

Hi, does paypal accept credit card transaction too?

Jerrick 7 years ago

Yes, if a customer does not have a PayPal account they can pay with a credit card or debit card.

Bob Siton 7 years ago

Hi does aliexpress accept debit cards?

Andy 7 years ago

Aliexpress accepts all debit and credit cards. It’s actually very good with payments because you can have a card from one country and ship goods to another, which is important when drop shipping. Also Aliexpress works fine with prepaid debit cards, gift cards and virtual debit cards, again this is very useful.

Bob Siton 7 years ago

If mu supplier is aliexpress whereby aliexpress does not accept paypal payment, so i have to use credit cards.

I dont have credit cards, i only have bank mastercard debit atm card, so how am i going to pay you?

Eoin H 7 years ago

I use my Visa Debit card on Aliexpress all the time. Mastercard debit should work just fine. Best way is to test it by buying something really cheap (like one or 2 dollars cheap) and see if it works.

Eoin H 7 years ago

I gave PayPal the boot. A buyer tried to scam me by saying they never received their goods and did a chargeback for over 1000 euros. Paypal, without any warning, froze my account for 6 months, but still let buyers pay into it during checkout. I didn’t realize it was frozen for 2 days. I have to refund all transactions and shut my business down. Paypal, even tho so boast seller protection, will side with the buyer 90% of the time, even if the buyer is in the wrong.

I have since used Stripe, and things just go smoothly now. Paypal is too much of a risk, especially for new sellers who start to make some money and get their account frozen while they send over verification, which can sometimes take days to verify. Part of which they will sometimes ask to see proof of in-stock items because PayPal doesn’t allow you to sell unless you have items at hand/in stock.

Bexster 7 years ago

If you had ensured a tracking code , PayPal would have helped your case. Without proof, customers can walk all over you! May it be a lesson :))..

Amit 7 years ago

Still unclear about payments. I am from India and want to start dropshipping for US customers. Do I need to register as legal entity in India to recieve payments to my account from payment gateways? Please help

Douglas 6 years ago

When doing the PayPal integration, save some time and use the “search” feature to find “Seller Preferences”. After that it works just the way the article describes. BUT before yo do any of this you need a bank account and Paypal will send test transactions, and this can take 2-3 days to sort out; you want to get that stable before enabling payments on your site, or you may have angry customers on your hands.

Temitope 6 years ago

I have registered with paypal and discovered that someone in Nigeria cannot receive money via their platform.
kindly recommend the payment gateways that works perfectly in Nigeria. their service should include receiving and sending money.
thank you

Rocelio 6 years ago

Can I use debit card instead of credit card to buy a product from a supplier?

Md Sirazul Hoque 5 years ago

Yes you can use debit card also.

Marie 5 years ago

Has anyone tried to integrate PayPal Pro (accepting direct credit/debit card transactions on your site) instead of the “regular” PayPal?? It is a paid service.

Abdul Waheed 4 years ago

Hi, i am from Pakistan. since days, i m worried about payment options for my drop-shipping store having targeted audience for USA. The problems are, even alongwith all risks, paypal doesnot render services for Pakistan. On the other hand, for credit card payment gateways are only offered by 2checkout for Pakistan. and it is almost a month passed, they are still evaluating my account for verficiation. In these circumstances, please guide to accept/reciept payments for my store. otherwise all my dreams to run a dropship store will go abortive

Michel Verhoeven 4 years ago

How can people pay with debit cards like maestro? When they check out with credit/debit card it asks CVC number. That number is only mentioned on credit cards not debit cards, so how can they check out?

Olga L. 4 years ago

Hi, thank you for your interest!
Plenty of debit card types actually have a CVV number typed on the back which makes them perfectly suitable for online payments.

George 4 years ago

Sadly enough, after my first transaction, Stripe told me that they do not allow drop shipping. So…

Hassan Hanjra 3 years ago

1.I understand the model but i need explation how webstore owners pay their suppliers on aliexpress?
2.What are payment methods towards supplier and is there auto payment system to suppliers when order is confirmed by customer via alidropship plugin?

Olga Lavrinovich 3 years ago

Hi, thank you for your interest!
To pay for your order on AliExpress, you can use a bank card or WebMoney. To see how to automate the payment process with AliDropship plugin, kindly read this article:

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