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New PayPal Checkout - with lower fees in some countries

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In the last few days, I have received a couple of emails from PayPal about a new "PayPal Checkout". Upon investigation, it has been around for a little while and it would seem that this is their replacement for "PayPal Payments Standard".

As an incentive for me to start using it, PayPal is now offering lower fees via PayPal Checkout of 1.2% + 0.30p, compared to the current rate of 2.9% + 0.30p through PayPal Payments Standard. However, these lower fees are currently only available to the UK and some other countries (France, Spain, Ireland and Greece are countries that I checked, which get lower fees, but the US does not get lower fees). This is a considerable reduction in fees for card payments (up to monthly sales of £50,000) and finally makes PayPal competitive with most other merchants.

Here are details about the new PayPal Checkout: https://www.paypal.com/merchantapps/appcenter/acceptpayments/checkout?locale.x=en_GB&country.x=GB

I'm writing because I hope that Blesta can look to move to the new PayPal Checkout, because of the reduced fees. Also, I am wondering if eventually in years to come, PayPal may turn off "PayPal Payments Standard". Hopefully PayPal will also lower the fees on the PayPal Checkout in the US, as they encourage uptake, so that you folks can also benefit.

From looking, I believe that Blesta will be wanting the "Standard integration"; but to check for yourselves, here is a comparison between "Standard" and "Advanced" (in their documentation, they have now switched from calling it "standard integration" to calling it "Standard payments", which could easily get confused with the old "PayPal Payments Standard"!): https://developer.paypal.com/docs/business/checkout/

and here is how to setup "Standard payments": https://developer.paypal.com/docs/business/checkout/set-up-standard-payments/

I believe the way that the new PayPal Checkout works is that the customer doesn't leave your website, but instead a new window pops up with PayPal in it, for the customer to login to PayPal (if they have an account), checkout of PayPal and then the process is completed on your website. This is best shown via this video: https://youtu.be/UEJHSPM-Qiw?t=1269. If you have used eBay and checked out with PayPal, they you will have used the new PayPal Checkout (at least in the UK).

Firstly, would it be technically possible for Blesta to change to the PayPal Checkout?

If so, would it be something to consider placing on the roadmap now or wait until the US also gets reduced fees, please?

Thank you very much.

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2 hours ago, Alk said:

Firstly, would it be technically possible for Blesta to change to the PayPal Checkout?

Thanks for the detailed post. If we implement PayPal Checkout, it would be as a new gateway and wouldn't directly replace PayPal Payments Standard. Users would be able to decide which to install and use. Whether it's technically possible will require a little more research and detailed review of the API documentation.

It looks like I created a task recently so we could look into this, per CORE-4084.

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