2Checkout Review: A Fantastic Payment Gateway for 2016

Searching for a payment gateway turns into a confusing battle to figure out which companies offer the best rates, which of them are helpful for processing payments in various countries and how the systems integrate with your own online store. The 2Checkout solution serves as a wonderful option, since it integrates well with tools like Shopify, Bigcommerce and more.

Integration is nice, but what happens when you implement 2Checkout to process all of your payments? Are you going to be satisfied with the fees? Will you receive your payments in a reasonable time period? That’s what we want to look at today, so keep reading to examine this in-depth review of the 2Checkout payment solution. It may just end up working wonders for your online business.

2Checkout's Top Features

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Along with full PCI-compliance, you receive quite a few perks when opting for the 2Checkout payment processor. For example, you get:

  • No charges or responsibility for disputed or fraudulent charges. (Keep in mind transaction disputes have a charge attached to them.)
  • People can use multiple payment methods such as credit cards, debit cards and PayPal.
  • Your site is able to process 87 different currencies in 15 languages.
  • Advanced fraud protection prevents people from taking advantage of your company.
  • Integrate with over 100 shopping carts, and select from three flexible checkout options, without having the need for coding knowledge.
  • Offer recurring billing on your website so that your customers are charged on a monthly or yearly basis. This is ideal for bringing in more money and to make payments quick and easy for your users.
  • Use the mobile responsive checkout experience so your customers can purchase items from you while on their tablets or phones.
  • All of the 2Checkout features are available to merchants in over 211 countries, serving as one of the ideal options for those who may not have access to reliable payment processing in their country.

2Checkout Ease of Use

The 2Checkout implementation is super simple, with payment API libraries available in PHP, PYTHON, RUBY, .NET, JAVA and cURL. The most popular opensource carts can integrate with 2Checkout. For example, WordPress carts and Magento have no problem combining with 2Checkout. Bits of code are given to you for inserting the payment gateway on your store, and managing your payments is pretty simple after that.

2Checkout Pricing

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The 2Checkout pricing plans depend entirely on your home country, and you can select your country right from the 2Checkout pricing page. That said, for the sake of simplicity, and to give you a general idea as to how much you can expect to spend with 2Checkout, we’re going to stick with American Dollars.

The pricing table is extremely simple to understand since 2Checkout basically tells you a single percentage and cents rate per every successful transaction.

As an example, for businesses in the United States, your rate would be 2.9% + $0.30 for every successful transaction.

What else should you keep in mind when thinking about 2Checkout pricing?

  • If you process more than $50,000 per month, you can contact 2Checkout to see if you qualify for a volume discount.
  • There are no monthly fees or setup fees, making 2Checkout a nice option for those who don’t want to shell out a bunch of cash just to get started.
  • You take on no hidden fees, like for fraud protection or recurring billing.
  • You will be charged $20 for any chargeback. They do however work quite hard to prevent fraudulent chargebacks.
  • Choose however you want to receive your payouts.
  • If you accept payments from customers outside the United States, a fee of 1% is applied. Remember that this may change depending on the country you run your business in.
  • On average, a currency conversion incurs a fee of 2-5%, on top of the daily bank exchange rate.

2Checkout Security

2Checkout has advanced fraud protection, using more than 300 fraud rules whenever someone makes a purchase through your website. This is pretty impressive considering it covers all the bases you would expect. 2Checkout is PCI Level 1 certified, which is the highest level a company can have. They also have a three-tier defense strategy for detecting fraud in real-time. The goal is to call out fraudulent activity before it happens, and it seems like 2Checkout is doing a good job of it.

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2Checkout In-store and Mobile Functionality

A mobile optimized checkout process is provided so customers can buy products through a mobile device. This is the only method they have for collecting payments through a mobile interface. So, unlike PayPal and Square, you're not going to get a mobile swiper, and you don't get any in-store POS equipment.

Countries Served:

multiple countries

This is one of the main reasons 2Checkout stands out to us. It supports just about every country you can think of. If you go to the pricing page, you'll notice a little drop down menu for changing around the rates based on the country you're doing business in. This is a huge advantage for those who have ran into trouble locating a viable payment gateway in developing countries.

Dozens of countries are listed here, from Albania to Germany, and Hungary to Panama. The 87 currencies and 15 languages are rather impressive as well. Overall, they list 211 markets that are available for you to choose from.

2Checkout Support

support team

I rather enjoy the amount of support provided by 2Checkout, since the company gives you several options for contacting them or looking up your own questions.

For example, 2Checkout has an FAQ, knowledge base and policies page for you to see if your questions have been discussed in the past.

If those don’t help you out, go to the Contact page to give 2Checkout a call or send them an email. Along with a blog, and strong presences on social media, you shouldn’t have any problem getting in contact with the 2Checkout support team.

Who Should be Using 2Checkout?

2Checkout is an international payment processor, which runs as a third-party system and transfers money from buyer to seller after the buyer checks out on your online store. The 2Checkout company has a striking similarity to PayPal, so when someone goes onto your site and buys something, you can expect that the 2Checkout name will show up on their credit card bill.

That said, it isn’t exactly a full payment system, but you can make it look like it is with a handy integration like we talked about above (with Shopify, Bigcommerce or one of the many other integrations.)

Since 2Checkout is a third-party processor, you’ll have to implement it on your site, but you can also just use a button and have all payments go through the 2Checkout site.

The company is completely PCI-compliant, yet I would argue that it’s mainly built for online businesses that bring in less than $2,000 per month since the discount rates will most likely remain lower for those businesses, as opposed to going with an alternative payment processor.

Another useful component of the 2Checkout system is that the company has local familiarity and the ability to bring your site global, since it’s rather popular in countries where the laws may seem a little unfriendly for small businesses who want to open up new merchant accounts and bank accounts (India and Pakistan come to mind).

Over to You…

If you’ve had a chance to try out 2Checkout before, let us know how you’ve felt with the services in the comments section below. Overall, the 2Checkout system has several benefits, but once again, it’s the perfect choice for companies that either have only a few thousand dollars in monthly sales or those that want to get around some of the laws you might encounter in developing economies.

If you have any questions about this review, or if you would like to learn more about 2Checkout as a payment processor for your online business, drop a line in the comments below.

Catalin Zorzini

I'm a web design blogger and started this project after spending a few weeks struggling to find out which is the best ecommerce platform for myself. Check out my current top 10 ecommerce site builders.

6 Responses

  1. I used 2CheckOut while living in the United States – it was all good. But when I moved my business to Europe, my account with them was cancelled without being given a reason.
    If you do business outside of the US they (2CheckOut) will treat you differently. I would avoid them!

  2. Many thanks for the article Catalin, however I have encountered a plethora of negative feedback and comments regarding 2Checkout, and not a single positive review from actual clients. I was wondering if you’ve actually worked with them what your experience has been like.

    1. Hi Ali,

      Haven’t got the chance to use it personally but i’ve heard good things about it though! Did you had a chance to try them out?

      Cheers!

      Bogdan – Editor at Ecommerce-Platforms.com

    2. Leaving 2checkout for Braintree. Their customer service is awful, their rates are high for international businesses and they froze our payouts without contacting us beforehand. I’d go for Braintree or Stripe.

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