Thursday, May 17, 2012

Something New: PayPal

I added a PayPal button to the Alphabet Pattern that I am selling (see Items for Sale above). I am totally new at this and I am in the learning process here, so please be patient if things don't work properly, and please let me know if something isn't right. I have no idea how this works or even if it will work. I am hoping I will understand this at my end, but right now it's a complete mystery to me. If you have a blog/website where you sell things and use PayPal, I'd love some tips, pointers, and help in learning about how this works. I am trying to sell the pattern as a pdf, but this is where I don't understand how it works. I have a pdf of the pattern on my computer, so when you purchase the pattern I must have your email address in order to email it to you once I receive your payment through PayPal. However, I am not sure how long this takes and so I have absolutely no clue how you would receive the pattern in your inbox instantly.  Rest assured if you purchase this pattern you will receive it, just how long it takes I don't know. I am testing this whole PayPal thing out with just this pattern for now to see how it works before adding anything else to be purchased using PayPal. Of course if I don't even sell any patterns I will never know whether it works or not.

It's always a little scary to try something new and I thought about doing this for a long time, but I just wasn't sure how. The PayPal website tells you how to set up an account, but they don't really explain all that much as far as I can see. I have had an account with them for purchasing items for myself and of course it works that way, but I don't know how it works for selling on my end. When I sell something that needs to be physically shipped, I suppose I would be sent all that information through PayPal?

I hope you can help me through this new venture with some of your insight and helpful comments. Thanks so much and wish me luck.
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  1. I work for a business that accepts payments through PayPal, although I didn't set it up. But when someone pays for something, we receive an email from PayPal - usually pretty quickly. You can also send a PayPal request to someone who doesn't have a PayPal account, and you will be notified when they pay it.

    Good luck with your new venture!

  2. Forgot to mention - the email we get from PayPal includes the person's name and address as per the details they have given PayPal when they set up their account. But sometimes people change their address and don't bother changing it on their PayPal account. So if you are going to post physical items, it might be worth confirming with the buyer by email if their PayPal address is still correct first.

  3. I'll be interested to see what happens. I didn't know you could use your blog to sell items, not that I have anything to sell! I'll be watching to see what you learn.

  4. You are a very creative lady. I just found your blog. I'll keep visiting!


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