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NEW INFORMATION!

Accepting payments from PayPal or other payment gateways with this site.

If you have a PayPal or other payment gateway account that allows you to accept payments, you can create a button/buy it now link that can be used with this site.

No information concerning your account with your payment gateway is stored on this site. No credit card information of either the seller or the buyer is stored on this site. You are merely using a URL/Web Address.

You are responsible for any fees from your chosen payment gateway, any shipping and handling fees or taxes resulting from the sale of your item.

Getting Started

There are a few ways to do this:

Option 1: You can send a buy it now link in an email to the purchaser. This option gives you the ability to figure exact shipping and handling fees, taxes, etc. after communicating with the buyer.

When someone responds to your ad an email is sent to you. This allows you to interact with the customer. If that person then decides to purchase your work, the email you send to that person can contain the buy it now link you create.

Complete Steps 1 - 8 below. Be sure to include the exact shipping and handling fees, taxes, etc. after you have the buyer's location.

Now place the link in the email you send to the buyer.

When the buyer clicks the link, they will be sent to your check out page to purchase the item.

You will receive an email notification (at the email address you specified with your payment gateway) from your payment gateway after the transaction has been completed.

Option 2: You can place a buy it now link in your ad. This option is for someone who includes the shipping/fees/taxes/etc. in the item's price or has a limited shipping area.

Complete Steps 1 - 8 below.

Copy and paste the button/buy it now link in the "Buy Now URL" area of the PostAd page or the EditAd page on this site.

Again: This option is for someone who includes the shipping/fees/taxes/etc. in the item's price or has a limited shipping area. The price is set in stone, so to speak, so make sure that you have figured the price of your item accordingly. You should be aware that certain countries have excessive fees or very expensive shipping charges, so choose your shipping area and state it in your item's description.

When a person views your ad they will be able to purchase the item directly by clicking the link. They will not need to contact you by email before purchasing the item.

When the buyer clicks the link, they will be sent to your check out page to purchase the item.

You will receive an email notification (at the email address you specified with your payment gateway) from your payment gateway after the transaction has been completed.

Option 3: You can place a link to the web address of your pre-existing buy it now link on another site. You would choose this option if you already have this item listed at another site where people can purchase your item (eBay, Etsy, your own site, etc.).

Skip to Step 8 below.

Copy the url of the site where people can purchase your item and paste the link in the "Buy Now URL" area of the PostAd page on this site.

When the buyer clicks the link, they will be sent to your check out page to purchase the item.

You will receive an email notification (at the email address you specified with your payment gateway) from your payment gateway after the transaction has been completed. 

A Note About Shipping: You should be aware that certain countries have excessive fees or very expensive shipping charges, so choose your shipping area and state it in your item's description when placing an ad.

Instructions

First you must create the button/buy it now link.

This explanation uses PayPal as an example. If you are not familiar with this please visit this link: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/get-started/buy-now-button

Step 1: Login to PayPal or if you don't have an account with them, create one. * *

* Other payment gateways: This account must be able to accept payments AND create a button hosted by them (stored on their site) or a "buy it now" type link.

* PayPal: make your account a Merchant Account. Here is a link to learn more: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/merchant

Step 2: Go to your account settings.

Step 3: Find the Create Button link.

Here is a direct link to their button creation page: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/?cmd=_web-tools&fli=true&fli=true  Note: You cannot access this link unless you are logged in to your Merchant Account on PayPal.

Step 4: Create a button.

Step by step instructions on how to create the type of button/buy it now link you will use with our site: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/get-started/add-buy-now-link-to-email .

Step 5: After you have created the button you will be directed to a panel with two tabs. The "Website" tab and the "Email" tab. Choose the "Email" tab.

Step 6: There should be a link. It should look something like the highlighted area in the above image.

Step 7: Copy and paste this link to a text document for later use (you will want to save this...really).

Step 8: See if it works: Paste the link into the address bar of your browser. You should be directed to your checkout page at PayPal.

* If you are using a different payment gateway, you should be directed to a check out page or shopping cart with your payment gateway.

Troubleshooting

If you tried to insert a link into the "Buy Now URL" area of either the PostAd page or the EditAd page on this site and were sent to an error page...

Or...

If you tried to insert the link you created or the url of the site where people can purchase your item into the address bar of your browser and were sent to an error page...

Try...

  • Are you sure you picked the "Email" tab in Step 5 above?

  • Make sure the link is formed properly. It should begin with https:// (preferred) or http:// with no spaces.

  • Do not insert html code into the "Buy Now URL" area of the PostAd page! The "Buy Now URL" area textbox will only accept a web address. It should begin with https:// (preferred) or http:// with no spaces.

  • This link must be no more than 500 characters.

  • If your link is too long, one of these methods should work:

    • Visit the site where people can purchase your item. Let's find another link.

    • Go to the page displaying your item. Look in the address bar of your browser. Is this link too long?

    • Some sites (Etsy, eBay, etc.) or shopping carts provide links to share your item on other sites. On the page displaying your item check to see if there is a link on the page displaying your item. These links are usually shortened.

    • Click the buy now button for your item. Look in the address bar of your browser. Is this link too long?

    • Last resort...contact the site selling your item and ask them for a shortened link.

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