Set up checkout

Get paid

With Big Cartel, you can accept orders through your online shop or in person using our iOS app.

  • On the web, customers can pay by card or Apple Pay via Stripe, or with their PayPal account.
  • Payments you accept via in-person checkout can be processed with Square, Stripe, or cash.

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!

Plus, Stripe checkout includes a convenient Apple Pay option for anyone shopping from a compatible Apple device.

On the other hand, many swear by 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 if you’d like, 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 add, update, or remove checkout options from your shop any time in the Account area of your admin.


  1. Head to the Account area in your admin.
  2. Click Set up your payment options.
  3. Click Connect next to the option you want to set up - Stripe or PayPal.
  4. Follow the on-screen steps to sign in to an existing Stripe or PayPal account, or create a new one.
  5. When you’re finished, you’ll be returned to your Settings area automatically. Success!

Sorry, right now this can only be done on Desktop. Here's how to get there from the Mobile admin:

  1. Tap the menu icon and tap Settings.
  2. Tap Use the desktop admin.
  3. Follow the Desktop steps.

Sorry, right now this can only be done on Desktop. Here's how to get there from the iOS app:

  1. Tap your store image in the top left.
  2. Tap Use the web admin.
  3. Follow the Desktop steps.
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