A payment method is a way that customers pay for a product or service. In a brick-and-mortar store, accepted payment methods may include cash, a gift card, credit cards, prepaid cards, debit cards, or mobile payments. For an ecommerce business, online payment methods may include credit or debit card options, prepaid cards, gift cards, a direct transfer from a bank account, payment processors, and more.
Within each type of payment method, there are often multiple payment options. For example, payment processors can include Stripe, Authorize.net, Braintree by Paypal, Shopify Payments, and more, while credit card options can include American Express, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover. Other payment methods include Google Pay and Apple Pay.