The short answer? Probably not.
PayPal is designed for consumers who don’t want to post their credit card information online. They trust PayPal’s reputation as a reliable and secure payment method, due in large part to its former affiliation with eBay. It is also widely accepted among e-commerce sites, making it a comfortable option for online shoppers.
Payment technology companies, on the other hand, provide solutions for merchants and retailers to manage credit card transactions. For example, Stripe provides a seamless process for merchants to begin accepting credit card payments. As such, Stripe’s real competitors would be banks, not services like PayPal.
If PayPal is going to be disrupted, it will be due to rival mobile payments services like Alibaba’s Alipay. Alipay has gained significant traction over the past two years and is currently the number one mobile payments service globally, with over 100 million registered users. In 2013, the total volume of transactions made via the Alipay e-wallet reached $150 billion, exceeding those processed by PayPal and the competitive Square service combined. Should Alipay decide to expand its global reach into the U.S., PayPal may very well find itself facing stiff competition.
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