Buy Buttons

Buy Buttons are the ability to do one click payments starting at one location/app but typically fulfilled/completed behind the scenes at a different location. We’ve blogged about what’s driving their rising popularity in the past. Here’s a good article on ReadWrite about buy buttons and Pinterest with some comments from Spreedly:    

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Spreedly and Marketplaces

We consistently receive interest from developers looking to build a marketplace. We’re really only a good fit with one type of marketplace, which I’ll discuss below. First let’s talk about marketplaces overall. In many ways this post is an update to one we did a while back. Defining a Marketplace  There are 3 or 4 major functional components to a marketplace Easily create a merchant account when onboarding a new seller to the marketplace Take a percentage of […]

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Killing redirect payment pages for meta search sites

We’ve all experienced what it’s like to get re-directed from one site to another to make a payment. In many parts of the world this is still the default payment process offered by payment gateways. Benefits include the fact that none of the processing occurs on the merchant site thus reducing the risk around storing and transacting credit cards. But the downsides are also obvious: you send away a prospective customer at the most critical […]

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SaaS Billing Platforms: Which gateways should you support?

Spreedly is focused on two markets: i) Direct merchants and FinTech startups that love using the vault and working with a handful of gateways. ii) SaaS based services that include allowing their customers to do billing online – primarily via credit cards. If you’re in the second group you know how important it is to support a diverse customer base and their existing gateways if you want to maximize market reach/traction. We provide support for […]

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Braintree Payments: A port in the storm

The news broke today that PayPal is acquiring Braintree Payments. We’ve seen more traffic to Spreedly by 9am Eastern than all of yesterday. If you’re a Braintree customer and you’re concerned about how this might play out over the next few months we want to make a specific offer. We have our standard $50 (Freedom Plan) that let’s you store up to 5000 cards and pay 4 cents a transaction. What we’re also going to […]

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Braintree, TaskRabbit and the future of marketplaces

Marketplaces are all the rage, fueled in part by a boom in collaborative consumption business models. Interest in them has only accelerated since we wrote a post around marketplaces and payments back in November 2012. For a multitude of reasons the default payment assumption when approaching a marketplace is “I need to collect money from the buyers on my site, keep some sort of fee for myself, and then disburse or payout the rest to […]

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Credit Card Data Portability – Does anyone really care?

When accepting payments online (Authorize.Net, SagePay, Braintree etc) you can elect to store your customer’s credit card data. It’s an obvious requirement for recurring payments and potentially a good practice for one time payments (by pre-populating a shopping cart for a returning customer). So what happens to your customer’s credit card data if you decide to change payment providers? The answer is “it depends”. Initially, some merchants make the mistake of thinking they should be […]

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