PayPal's last four sets of screwups on with my account have me thinking about alternative payment services.

The market for "payment services" is defined pretty loosely. Some systems are focused on allowing merchants to accept payments, others are focused on helping parents send money to their kids on college, and some are focused on enabling anonymous money transfer for reasons unknown.

Does anyone know of a really good way to categorize payment systems like these?

Once categorized, the next question is what data to list about each payment system.

Data listed should be "hard" and verifiable. Soft data can be added later via comments.

What data would a potential customer want to know about a payment system?

Here's my initial field list:

  • Country of Origin
  • Date Founded
  • Methods of Deposit
  • Methods of Withdrawl
  • Countries Served
  • Fees

What do you think?