Paypal Emailed Me

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Paypal_logoA while back, in April of 2003, I wrote a newsletter called  "PayPal: An Inexpensive E-Commerce Solution." I talked about how easy it is to use PayPal to accept credit cards online. I also mentioned one caveat: that customers needed to signup for a PayPal account to use it.

Although that changed a while back, I never updated the article.

Late last night, Dave Nielsen of PayPal emailed me to say:

RE: your comment in your April ’03 newsletter where you say "Only people who have signed up with PayPal can use the PayPal system." 

Did you know that customers no longer need to have a PayPal account to pay?

So, I’ve now updated the article. But, since I think Dave might be checking this blog, I’ll put my wish list for PayPal here:

  • Allow more customization of the PayPal checkout page so there’s a seamless integration between one’s Web site and the checkout
  • Offer built-in tools to accept more information during the buying process; I have to hire a programmer every time I want something special
  • Offer a better, more customized, shopping cart experience

I’m sure there’s more, but those are my biggies.

Rich Brooks
PayPal Merchant

  • http://www.paypal.com/pdn Dave Nielsen

    Ha, you caught me checking! ;-) Thanks for letting your readers know that customers no longer need to have a PayPal account to pay via PayPal.

    As for 'customizing the PayPal checkout page', last spring we added 'Custom Payment Pages' where you can change the background color and add your own banner image in the header.

    And as for tools, we have a 'built-in' Button Factory for recreating Buy Now, Donate, Add-To-Cart and Subscription buttons. And we also have add-ins for FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Contribute and even Microsoft Outlook that help you create & insert buttons into your web pages and even email. http://www.paypal.com/pdn-ppsolutions and click on the link of your choice. For email buttons visit http://www.paypal.com/outlook

    As for the Shopping Cart, well … what can I say. It is what it is. But we are working hard to integrate PayPal into as many Shopping Carts (like Kurant, LaGarde StoreFront, Miva & Mals-e.com) and online storefronts (like Tripod) as we can. For more info visit http://www.paypal.com/pdn-3psolutions

    I hope this helps. And again, thanks helping us get the word out.

  • http://www.paypal.com/pdn Dave Nielsen

    Ha, you caught me checking! ;-) Thanks for letting your readers know that customers no longer need to have a PayPal account to pay via PayPal.

    As for 'customizing the PayPal checkout page', last spring we added 'Custom Payment Pages' where you can change the background color and add your own banner image in the header.

    And as for tools, we have a 'built-in' Button Factory for recreating Buy Now, Donate, Add-To-Cart and Subscription buttons. And we also have add-ins for FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Contribute and even Microsoft Outlook that help you create & insert buttons into your web pages and even email. http://www.paypal.com/pdn-ppsolutions and click on the link of your choice. For email buttons visit http://www.paypal.com/outlook

    As for the Shopping Cart, well … what can I say. It is what it is. But we are working hard to integrate PayPal into as many Shopping Carts (like Kurant, LaGarde StoreFront, Miva & Mals-e.com) and online storefronts (like Tripod) as we can. For more info visit http://www.paypal.com/pdn-3psolutions

    I hope this helps. And again, thanks helping us get the word out.

  • http://www.osconsulting.net Kelly

    RE: "…customers no longer need to have a PayPal account to pay via PayPal."

    Unfortunately that is only true if the merchant (ie seller) has a US Business account. As a Canadian merchant, I'm am still anxiously awaiting that feature!

  • http://www.osconsulting.net Kelly

    RE: "…customers no longer need to have a PayPal account to pay via PayPal."

    Unfortunately that is only true if the merchant (ie seller) has a US Business account. As a Canadian merchant, I'm am still anxiously awaiting that feature!

  • http://low-apr-credit-card.valueprep.com/business_credit_cards.html business credit cards boy

    I have always admired the way that paypal does business and how innovative their concepts truly are. Not to say they don't have any flaws becuase they do; especially drilling you with an ad before even being able to get to your acct.
    Wow tacky!
    Peace and great stuff
    Brin

  • http://low-apr-credit-card.valueprep.com/business_credit_cards.html business credit cards boy

    I have always admired the way that paypal does business and how innovative their concepts truly are. Not to say they don't have any flaws becuase they do; especially drilling you with an ad before even being able to get to your acct.
    Wow tacky!
    Peace and great stuff
    Brin