PayPal vs Square


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PayPal
PayPal is an international e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Online money transfers serve as electronic alternatives to paying with traditional paper methods, such as cheques and money orders. PayPal is the faster, safer way to send money, make an online payment, receive money or set up a merchant account.
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Square
Accept credit cards on your iPhone, Android or iPad. Send invoices free with Square Invoices. Signing up for Square is fast and free, and there are no commitments or long-term contracts like with alternative services.
Comparing PayPal vs Square is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that PayPal has better video than Square



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Square has more user-friendly interface than PayPal because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that PayPal is more popular than Square

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- PayPal acquired small business lending service Swift Financial (in 2017)
- PayPal launched small biz toolset Business in a Box (in 2017)
- PayPal teams up with Android Pay for mobile payments (in 2017)
- Mobile POS system Square launched Retail app (in 2017)
- Square now allows to charge loyal customers without card swiping (in 2016)
- Square launched a dashboard app for iOS (in 2015)
- Square launched payroll service for small businesses (in 2015)
- PayPal acquired international money transfer company Xoom (in 2015)
- Square's new wireless card reader will accept Apple Pay and work with Android (in 2015)
- PayPal will split from eBay in 2015 (in 2014)

Looks like Square was recently more active than PayPal (at least in our news).