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Company typePrivate
IndustryE-commerce, online retail, financial services
HeadquartersMountain View, California, United States
Key people
Alex Rampell, Co-Founder and CEO
Terry Angelos, Co-Founder & CPO
Eddie Lim, Co-Founder & CTO
ProductsAlternative payment platform; Purchase incentives

TrialPay is an alternative e-commerce payment system in which a consumer gets an item for free from a participating merchant in exchange for buying or trying out another product or service from a TrialPay advertiser. The merchant is then paid for the item by the advertiser. TrialPay refers to this payment model as “Get It Free”.

The company works with online merchants in the software, social applications, casual games, online services, and retail industries, claiming to rely "on a web of business relationships to give consumers free goods, as long as they buy something else from a long list of well-known online stores.”[1]

TrialPay's payment platform presents online shoppers with advertising offers as a way to pay for goods or services. Shoppers sign up for a trial or purchase a product from an advertiser to receive a free product. The system attempts to provide benefits for each party: online stores may make more sales from their current traffic, advertisers might acquire new customers on a pay-for-performance basis and shoppers get a free product with every purchase.[2]

Financial Insights analyst Dana Gould says, “This is a [...] unique animal. [S]ince these offers come at exit points, companies are basically saving lost sales.”[1] PC World analyst Yardena Arar, however, noted that the service made her feel like it encouraged people "to get products they don't really need by trying out other products they don't really need." She also found that in some cases the company exaggerated the actual benefits a consumer would receive.[3]

On February 27, 2015, Visa Inc. announced its acquisition of TrialPay. In a press release detailing the acquisition, Visa described TrialPay as, "a simple, cost-effective way to help merchants acquire customers, drive traffic, and increase sales by reaching Visa cardholders with targeted offers."[4] Visa-branded this service the Visa-Commerce Network.[5]


  1. ^ a b "A Referral Service That Ensures Somebody Actually Makes a Sale". New York Times. February 18, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  2. ^ Kim, Ryan (February 11, 2008). "TrialPay Offers Double the Savings for Valentine's Day". SFGate. San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on May 8, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Roland, Jacobis (December 17, 2007). "TrialPay--Free Stuff With Some Strings". PC World. Archived from the original on November 1, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  4. ^ "Visa to Acquire TrialPay". Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  5. ^ "Visa Commerce Network: Introducing Visa Local Offers & More". Retrieved 2020-10-25.

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