Set up checkout

  • Updated on 16 May 2024
  • 5 min read

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With Big Cartel, you can accept orders through your online shop or in person using our apps for iOS or Android devices.

  • On the web, customers can pay by card via Stripe, or with PayPal. (Big Cartel shops using Stripe can also offer additional payment methods such as AfterPay and Klarna. You can find more details on that under Stripe payment methods.)

  • If you have Stripe enabled, customers with Apple Pay and Google Pay can use it to complete their purchase directly from a product page, in addition to including it as a payment method on the Checkout page.

  • In addition to more payment methods, enabling Stripe in your shop also gives your customers access to Express checkout. Buyers with compatible devices and browsers can speed through checkout using payment methods they’re already familiar with, saving time and increasing conversion rates in your shop. Express Checkout currently supports Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Link as possible payment options, which appear at the top of the page during the checkout process.

    When a buyer selects an Express Checkout option it’ll submit their pre-saved shipping, contact, and payment information, allowing them to skip the rest of the checkout page and purchase items in your shop with confidence and ease.

  • If you have PayPal enabled, customers can pay with PayPal Credit.

  • Payments you accept via in-person checkout can be processed with Stripe or cash.

We don't charge any fees on the things you sell, so you can keep more of the money you earn. (Processor fees from Stripe/PayPal still apply.)

So, which one should I choose?

When in doubt, enabling both Stripe and PayPal covers the broadest range of payment options your customers may want to use. Stripe is by far the easiest way for customers to pay - they just add products to the cart, enter their card number securely at checkout, and boom, done!

On the other hand, many online shoppers know and trust PayPal and like the ease of logging in to an account to use a saved payment method (or even check out as a "guest" using a card), so you can give your customers that option, too.

Ultimately, it's up to you and what makes the most sense for your business. And don't forget, you can edit your checkout setup at any time on the Account page of your admin.


  1. Log in at

  2. Go to Account.

  3. Click Set up your payment options.

  4. Click Connect below the option you want to set up - Stripe or PayPal.

  5. Follow the on-screen steps to sign in to an existing Stripe or PayPal account, or create a new one.

  6. When you're finished, you'll be returned to your Account page automatically. Success!

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