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ShopRunner, headed by former PayPal and Yahoo boss Scott Thompson, offers two-day shipping through a process that streamlines the checkout. American Express cardholders can use ShopRunner for free, making Amex the shopper's default payment option. All others pay $79 a year.
One of the most prominent checkout-skipping systems is Amazon.com's 1-Click, which lets users ship to a stored address using a stored payment card. Amazon launched Checkout, a service that lets other merchants use 1-click, in 2008. (Image: Bloomberg News)
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Systems like Barclays' Buyit and the defunct PayPal Text to Buy let shoppers make purchases by scanning a QR code or sending a text message. Barclays transfers the money from the user's bank account, removing the option of choosing a separate payment method at checkout. (Image: Bloomberg News)
PayPal Digital Wallet
PayPal's digital wallet sets up a hierarchy of funding methods. Users can choose a preferred payment method, but if that method does not work, PayPal automatically chooses from the remaining available options. (Image: Bloomberg News)
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Chirpify allows users to purchase through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The service lets users reply to a tweet or comment on a post with words such as buy and donate. Chirpify has attracted musicians like Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg, and recently added direct processing, overcoming its reliance on PayPal. (Image: ShutterStock)
Mobile payments technology provider ZooZ is putting payments in mobile ads. If a user has already enrolled the mobile device for payment with ZooZ, the system uses the linked payment account to fund the purchase right away.
BillMyParents stepped in front of the checkout process by instead generating an invoice it emails to the (presumably teenage) shopper's parents. Parents picked a payment method, which they could store for later transactions. The company, now called SpendSmart Payments, abandoned this model to instead offer a prepaid card. (Image: ShutterStock)