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Top 5 Paypal Alternatives For Bloggers and FreeLancers

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Top 5 Paypal Alternatives For Bloggers and FreeLancers

PayPal Alternatives I have been a Paypal user for almost 5 years and I love it to the core. When I was starting online, I had no idea how to receive money from people outside my country, and Paypal made it so easy to receive money from foreign countries.

In my country (India) due to PayPal and RBI dispute, I can no longer use PayPal same as others users from countries like U.K., Australia. For example, one Indian PayPal user cannot send or receive money from another Indian paypal user. This is one of the biggest drawback of PayPal, and so I started digging down some of the best alternative sites to PayPal.

There are many sites which are similar as PayPal and have few different features. I will list down some of the best sites like PayPal which I have found which researching for alternate mode to receive payments, and if you know of any other feel free to suggest via comments.

Best Alternative sites to Paypal

I’m making this list exclusive for Bloggers and freelancers, and if you are a small business; I would love to know what tool you are using to send or receive payment from overseas. So, lets start our grand list:

2CheckOut.com

2CheckOut.com

Many of my online have resorted 2CO for all their online money needs. 2CO has a lot of positive reviews and is considered as a great alternate to Paypal. Check out their fees:

Signup/Account Establishment Fee: There is a one-time set-up fee of $49 USD.

Transaction Fees: 2CO applies a 5.5% commission on each transaction, plus a $0.45 USD charge per transaction. <Link>

Supported currencies for FOREX:

US Dollars,Argentina Peso,Australian Dollars,Brazilian Real,Canadian Dollars,Danish Kroner,Euro,GBP-Sterlings
Hong Kong Dollars,Indian Rupee,Japanese Yen,Mexican Peso,New Zealand Dollars,Norwegian Kroner,South African,Rand,Swedish Kroner,Swiss Francs

Skrill

Skrill is another great alternative option because of the Currency conversion rates (they are the best).

Money bookers

I have tried it myself a couple of times and MB transfers works great. Their verification process is a bit rigid but apart from that it’s a cool service.

Check out the MoneyBookers here:

3)   Xoom.com

Xoom PayPal alternative

When Paypal had shut the doors for Indian users a couple of months back, Xoom played a major role for all the Indians who earn online. You can receive Paypal amount on your Xoom account, this is the best feature of this service.

You can calculate the fees by following this link:

https://www.xoom.com/sendmoneynow/money-transfer-fees

4)   PayZa.com

PayZa dashboard

Payza is a newly rebranded site and offers almost all the features as Paypal. You can create a free account or business account depending upon your need. I haven’t used the site, but interface and everything looks pretty impressive. If you have used Payza, I would love to hear your review and feedback.

5)   Google Checkout

Google Checkout is yet to conquer the world of Online Payments. The service is pretty much limited and unheard. Hope they come up as the best competitors to Paypal.

These are the top 5 possible alternatives for Paypal if you are an Indian. Frankly, compiling this list was a bit of pain because none of these services come even a little closer to what Paypal is presently.

Do let us know which service do you prefer as PayPal alternative for Indian users?

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    • Sam

      Hi,

      Are these options fine to RECEIVE money for Transactions in India from Indian resident buyers? I guess most of the listed sites, do not allow this, following similar guidelines to Paypal by the RBI… i.e: You cannot pay any Indian seller, if you are an Indian buyer, through these sites that you have mentioned here.

      Alternatives could be gateways like CC Avenue and others – But these are not as convenient as Paypal… Can anyone, suggest Paypal alternatives for Indian transactions as stated above? I mean as convenient as Paypal but acceptable in India as per RBI rules?

      Thanks

      Reply
    • Dkumar

      Please tell me which site best to transfer dollar in paypal account
      and what should be the purpose code in paypal account ,also tell me more about a
      verified paypal account.

      Reply
    • Anil Sharma

      Hello the first alternative doesnt sound right? I mean a set up fee of 49$ and on top of that 5.5% fee and also 0.45$ per transaction doesn’t look right at all, they are simply stealing money. Just my view on the topic, might differ from you apart from that, I would also like to add one more service to this list, its a new player in e-wallet services and named Okpay, not very popular but the cheerful part is it also provides a source of income with its referral service(like you invite users to orkut).

      Warm regards,
      Anil Sharma

      Reply
    • john

      Dear All,

      I want to develop a site with products showing INR rates in shopping cart with Paypal integration ..When i enquired with my friends i came to know that Paypal doesnt accepts INR .

      1.My question is whether it accepts INR currency as i am targeting only domestic market in india .

      if so what is meant by currency convetion rates which its mentioned in Paypal website stating that “This exchange rate includes a 2.5% fee ” , Since i am accepting only INR currency why there is currency convertion rate is getting applied .

      So do i need to pay 3.4 % + 0.3 US dollars + 2.5 %
      Please advice …its most urgent …

      Thanks in advance .. God bless

      Reply
    • Sammy

      Nothing comes close to paypal in terms of acceptance and features. Some time back when Paypal had an issue, odesk had waived off the payoneer card fees. I checked out their charges then.

      They have withdrawal fees and I think it works out to be more expensive that Paypal even without the card fees at the outset.

      Regarding other services like Alert pay and Moneybooker, have heard of them but never felt the need to check them out.

      Reply
    • Typhoon

      Alertpay is the one which I think is popular after PayPal. So consider that service.

      One more alternative is Liberty Reserve..

      Reply
      • Onibalusi Bamidele

        Yeah Typhoon,

        Liberty reserve is another great alternative, I love it because of its popularity and ease of access.

        Reply
    • Ron

      I think moneybookers is doing great. Their charges are lower. Unfortunately moneybookers is not supported at USA, so I also had to use payoneers for USA clients.

      An alternative of paypal is now very essential. They are dominating the market as they have huge users.

      Reply
    • plazza

      I think MoneyBookers and AlertPay are two good Paypal alternatives. Google Checkout is surely not available in India so you cannot see it is alternatives for Indians

      Reply
      • Kamal Hasa

        Well that’s true. But am only hoping it’d be a good aspirant to take over the Paypal market ;)

        Reply
    • Nirav Mehta

      Google Checkout is not open to Indians. It is available only to US and UK residents.

      I did not see Indian transfer fees on MoneyBookers.

      Not sure if you checked these sites before writing this post :-)

      Reply
      • Kamal Hasa

        Hi Nirav ;)

        I did mentioned this: “Google Checkout is yet to conquer the world of Online Payments”

        So it’s obvious ;)

        Reply
    • tushar

      apart from few problems in recent days, i have not had any major problem with paypal as it sends money directly to my bank account….its their best feature although conversion rate is low, i will agree for it

      Reply
      • Kamal Hasa

        Exactly, Paypal is the best and other service is closer to it. But the monopoly in the market actually gonna affect us..

        Reply
    • Pradeep Bhandari

      I use Alertpay it is much better then paypal and other.
      we can verify account via mobile phones add bank accounts and for standard member there is no receiving fees. :)
      Thanks for sharing
      Pradeep

      Reply
      • vishal

        hey! bro. how to varify alertpay account through phone? or bank account or debit card please tell me?

        Reply
    • Nabeel

      Hi,

      What about Payoneer Debit Cards?

      Kindest,
      Nabeel

      Reply
      • Kamal Hasa

        Hi Nabeel,

        I have not used Payoneer anytime but I guess their fees is a lot.. Am not sure though ;)

        Anyone in here uses Payoneer??? @ others

        Reply

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