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tribecat said:
Hi, I have decided to intitailly use paypal for my t-shirt site. While it wasn't my first choice for a lot of reasons I choose to use it to save a little money up front. I've got a few questions for anyone using paypal to process shirt sales; Have you found it easy to use and have your customers been satisfied with it?

Also, my web site designer said he needs full access to my paypal account to set up my site. I do have a merchant account with paypal and I am a bit hesitant to give someone I don't really know access to my paypal merchant site. I guess my question is, what kind of access does he need to set up the paypal cart on my site? I thought he could just link to it using the email address I use for that account. Could someone help me to understand this a bit more... I really appreciate it.

Thanks so much. This is a great place for t-shirt lovers!
What cart are you using? And what kind of account do you have with Paypal, Website Payments Standard or Pro?


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Rodney said:
Yep, you can add your logo to the top header of the PayPal site when they are transferred to make their payment. You used to be able to edit the colors a bit, but I don't know if you still can.

That's one of the benefits of having a real merchant account though. The shopper never has to leave your site because the transaction is handled by your secure server and the payment gateway.

PayPal offers a "real" merchant account now (called PayPal Payments Pro), but there are some weird usage restrictions with it (like you can't use other payment options and you have to have their logo somewhere near or something like that).
I use Website Payments Pro and I accept every form of payment through my cart: Discover, Amex, Visa, MC, money orders and Paypal. I don't need to include their logo anywhere.

I looked at 2Checkout last night and Paypal is cheaper per transaction but carries a $20 a month charge. Still, my customers never leave the site.


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Rodney said:
My shopping cart already shows a button like that for customers who have a Paypal account and want to go that way. Since it's integrated, I didn't have to do anything to meet those requirements since they're already there.

Comin'OutSwingin,

No, my customers have no idea I'm using Paypal, but they can still pay that way if they want since it's an option at checkout. Paypal didn't start charging monthly fees until February I think, so I really haven't done the research yet to see if a regular merchant account would be cheaper in the long run. I'm not in a rush though since I'm earning almost 5% on the money that sits there.


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