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A payment gateway is a mechanism that communicates transaction information between the customer and the merchant. Payment gateways enable the capability for credit card and digital payment processing. Online payment gateways are cloud-based software while in person retail gateway's are often included in POS systems.
You need a payment gateway in order to securely accept credit and debit card payments from your customers, both online and in person. The payment gateway ensures payment data is securely transmitted from the customer to the merchant, protecting all entities involved.
There are three types of payment gateways:
Payment gateway fees depend on the provider. Each payment gateway sets its own pricing, and fee structures vary. There are no fees to integrate a payment gateway with Shopify.