Do you have a recommendation on a micropayment credit card processor?


The transactions on my website are between $0.99 and $5.00. Paypal and other similar processors, charge 2.9% with a $0.30 transaction fee. This fee structure (particularly, the transaction fee) absolutely kills my margins. I'm in the process of researching micropayment processors.

The only one I've been able to find so far is Amazon FPS -- For transactions under $10, they charge 5% with a $0.05 transaction fee which is great. The only negative aspect is the fact that users have to go from my website, over to Amazon, login (register if they don't have an account) and then pay. I'd much prefer to keep users on my own website, in my own cart.

Two questions --

1.) Do you have experience with Amazon FPS? If so, what are your thoughts on the service?

2.) Can you recommend or know of any other micropayment credit card processors?


Alex, below, pointed out that Paypal also has a micropayments solution: Does anyone have experience with Paypal's solution? If so, what are your thoughts on the service?


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asked Sep 20 '10 at 18:58
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Paypal offers an option for accepting micropayments up to $12 for 5% + $0.05. There's some more information at, but in typical Paypal fashion it is very sparse, so I'm not even sure that it processes credit cards and not just Paypal account transfers. Perhaps it's something you could try out though.

answered Sep 20 '10 at 19:55
Alex Aotea Studios
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  • I just actually found that a few minutes ago and have tried to sign up and find out more information. The process was frustrating to say the least and I'm not even sure if it actually exists anymore. – Jason 13 years ago
  • To follow up on Paypal's micropayments, I sent an email about integrating their micropayments solution and got this response: "Integration is the same as Website Payment Standard. For example you just create a Buy Now button and you place it on your website. Since your account settings have Micropayments enabled you will be able to accept also small payments from now on." – Jason 13 years ago


Amazon offers an API to their payments service so you should be able to keep the users on your web site. I would find a third party vendor that supports this, rather than try and implement from scratch

answered Sep 21 '10 at 15:51
1,833 points
  • Great! Thanks for pointing this out, I didn't realize they had an API. – Jason 13 years ago

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