tech, simplified.

Starting a store used to require bricks and land. Sharing your opinion required a newspaper. Streaming video needed a TV station.

The internet's changed all that. Sharing your opinion only takes seconds—and sharing a video only takes a bit longer since uploading videos takes longer than publishing text. And selling stuff? You can sell your old iPhone—or start a full store—with just an account.

There's only one small complication: accepting payments. Money is still harder to move around than plain bits, and even if you sell stuff on eBay you'll still need a separate PayPal account for payments.

But wait: could you use Stripe? Or would Braintree or Recurly be a better option for your store?

Our latest app roundup answers that. Here's the best online payment services—and what makes each great.

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