When making a payment: Should I create a customer, subscription or charge?
- A 'customer object' stores the customer's details (first name, email, payment sources etc.) and the history of all their charges, subscriptions, and refunds.
- Example 1: You want to store your customer's details to email them a promo code in the future.
- Example 2: You want to store your customer's details to create a charge in the future without having to re-enter their payment details.
- Related Article: How do I add a new customer?
- If you add a new subscription, a customer will be created automatically.
- A subscription is an automated, recurring (repeating) charge to a customer. It has a schedule for when charges of a certain amount are to be made.
- Example: You are a gym that sells memberships and charges members (customers) the same amount each month.
- Related Article: How do I add a new subscription?
- A charge can be created individually for one-time payments.
- Note: Creating a charge will not save customer details (first name, email, payment sources etc.) and no Customer object will be created.
- Example: You are a Not For Profit and a donor wants to make a one-time donation, while remaining anonymous.
- Related Article: How do I add a new charge?
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