iATS Payments vs. PayPal Payments Pro

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
iATS Payments
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
iATS Payments is an integrated end-to-end donation processing solutions for nonprofit organizations. The iATS transaction processing services are specially designed to help nonprofit organizations save time and money on fundraising.N/A
PayPal Payments Pro
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
PayPal Payments Pro is an enterprise-class ecommerce payment solution, that provides payment processing security to build a professional-grade ecommerce site. It can be configured to meet business needs and works across devices. Users can tap into over 390 million active customer accounts around the globe.
$0.02
per transaction
Pricing
iATS PaymentsPayPal Payments Pro
Editions & Modules
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QR code Transactions
1.90% + fixed fee
per transaction
Charity Transactions
2.20% + fixed fee
per transaction
Commercial Transactions - In-Store
2.70% + fixed fee
per transaction
Commercial Transactions - Online
2.90% + fixed fee
per transaction
PayPal's pay later offers
2.90% + fixed fee
per transaction
Venmo
2.90% + fixed fee
per transaction
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
iATS PaymentsPayPal Payments Pro
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
iATS PaymentsPayPal Payments Pro
Considered Both Products
iATS Payments
Chose iATS Payments
iATS has a lot more functionality than PayPal, particularly when it comes to Salesforce integrations. Click&Pledge has the best Salesforce integration, while Classy has the slickest UI.
PayPal Payments Pro

No answer on this topic

Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
iATS PaymentsPayPal Payments Pro
Small Businesses
Apple Pay
Apple Pay
Score 9.1 out of 10
Apple Pay
Apple Pay
Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Apple Pay
Apple Pay
Score 9.1 out of 10
Apple Pay
Apple Pay
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
Adyen
Adyen
Score 8.8 out of 10
Adyen
Adyen
Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
iATS PaymentsPayPal Payments Pro
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(3 ratings)
8.2
(73 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
2.3
(9 ratings)
User Testimonials
iATS PaymentsPayPal Payments Pro
Likelihood to Recommend
Deluxe
If you need a basic Salesforce integrated payment processor then you could consider using iATS. If you have complex needs and need a complex integration with Salesforce you might want to look elsewhere.
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PayPal
Paypal is great for personal payments as well as business payments for ecommerce of for paying monthly memberships. It is a user friendly software that needs little expertise to get used to. For larger payments, the fees become high therefore it is more suitable for payments of upto few hundred dollars.
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Pros
Deluxe
  • Excellent customer service
  • Can process ACH transactions as recurring donations
  • Integrates with Salesforce
  • Records name of credit card holder in iATS reports
  • Can process recurring donations on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis
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PayPal
  • PayPal offers me the option of converting my currency deposited in my account to another currency, so I can complete all kinds of payments and send money to employees who are in another country for business reasons.
  • The mobile phone application is too fast, I can make payments to my employees in a matter of seconds without having to wait for the web version to load.
  • Scheduled payments are great. PayPal allows me to add a list of contacts to my PayPal Business account, and after adding the contacts, I can schedule payments for a specific day and time. It's easier to make automated payroll payments with PayPal.
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Cons
Deluxe
  • Better cut-off times for reporting purposes - sometimes previous day's transactions are reported on the next day's reports.
  • Include Discover card transactions in the same deposit with the other cards.
  • Take out fees immediately instead of waiting until the end of the month and doing a lump sum.
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PayPal
  • Sometimes the UX flow would not deliver the customer back to our site, leaving orders in limbo "Pre-approved" status. The customer would call days later asking why we hadn't shipped it.
  • The PayPal logo on the checkout page can be kind of large and obtrusive.
  • They mention new features and programs on their login page, but it's hard to find any details on them deeper in the software.
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Support Rating
Deluxe
There are some situations where i would choose iATS, but there are other excellent competitors that should be considered as well. Which you choose will depend on your particular needs, the size of your organization and what functionality you need
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PayPal
Customer service representatives were unable to explain why customer in Australia were unable to make payments using our link. It turned out that customers in Australia must create an account. PayPal's user interface did not reveal this to our customers in Australia. There was plenty about this issue appearing in online forums and PayPal customer service couldn't explain this. This change in PayPal's usability happened between April and May of 2021 and was done without notice to vendors (like us).
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Alternatives Considered
Deluxe
Authorize.Net does not currently integrate with Salesforce which was a critical function that we needed, so we switched to iATS a little over 2 years ago once we implemented our Salesforce database. We are currently in the process of switching to Classy/WePay for the added features and better field mapping capabilities.
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PayPal
I don't think there's really any competition here. There's Venmo (also owned by PayPal) who is now offering business accounts, but it still isn't quite the same. The closest thing in terms of ease of use would be Apple Pay or Google Pay (and there are a handful of others out there, but we offer Apple and Google Pay). As a business, I prefer Apple or Google Pay to PayPal Payments, but we offer either Google or Apple Pay, PayPal, and credit card options and PayPal is always right up there with credit cards. I don't foresee us ever getting rid of PayPal Payments as an option, but we do try to only offer it on request for higher ticket items or high dollar installment purchases.
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Return on Investment
Deluxe
  • Increased donations.
  • Increased monthly recurring gifts.
  • Decreased use of Discover cards (we discourage using Discover cards).
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PayPal
  • Our daily revenue has been increased when started PayPal Payments as the payment gateway.
  • Refund rate and recurring revenue is stable and disputes are handled properly.
  • Forex Fluctuations is controlled and solved the buying experience for few users.
  • Solved problem for different currencies and retained our users.
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