If you have been trying to avoid selling on Amazon because of complicated schemes aimed at enriching no one but Amazon by squeezing, tricking and stifling you the merchant, you should also avoid Stripe as a payment gateway system for your eCommerce website. That is because Stripe appears to be imposing the same rules for selling merchandise as you would encounter on Amazon. In so many words, Stripe seems to be bank-rolled by Amazon and therefore beholden to Amazon. Stripe also appears to be nothing more than a fancy relay [re-seller] of Amazon Pay and services provided by Amazon. If we can save you the headache down the road, we will try our best. You do not want to invest time integrating the Stripe gateway only to be surprised when your business begins to take off.
If you have tried selling stuff on Amazon, you will know quite early that you cannot sell electronics, beauty products, or anything that is worth selling at all with the very initial “seller” account. There is practically nothing you can sell on Amazon without upgrading your account to “Professional” status, which means you must be a big spender and that Amazon wants to fulfill your orders for you, which then means Amazon will force you to sign up for the FBA [Fulfilled by Amazon] program by default. And by the way, have you seen those rolls upon rolls of rules and regulations! Well, guess what?! Those strangling rules are the same you will encounter with Stripe. Please try these link to see for yourself:
Let us assume these rules are necessary… So, you ask yourself, “Is Stripe in the business of accepting and processing credit card payments or enforcing laws?” You be the judge please.
Just in case you need to know, Stripe is essentially an intermediary between the merchant and financial institutions [banks]. Simply put, Stripe is a payment gateway. It is a service primarily aimed a software developers who specialize in eCommerce.
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