PayPal: Payment forcing logon or new account signup

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QUESTION
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I am using PayPal’s IPN (Instant Payment Notification) service to interface with a payment form on my website. However when a user attampts to pay using the form, and selects to pay using a credit card on the resulting PayPal.com web page, they are forced to either sign in to an existing PayPal.com account, or setup a new account.
We need them to be able to simply provide a credit card and pay, without having to sign in or sign up for a PayPal account.

  

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ANSWER
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There are a couple of different things likely getting in the way here:
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Have you verified all of your information on your PayPal account?

Email Address?
Sign in, My Account, Profile, My business info, Email – does a Confirm link show there? 
Click it and complete the confirmation

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PayPal Account Optional?

Have you set it up so that the purchaser having a PayPal account is optional?
Sign in, My Account, Profile, My selling tools, Selling online, Website preferences
PayPal Account Optional: ON
Click Save 
**NOTE: this option may not appear – keep trying the other options listed in this article, continually returning to this page to see if/when this option appears.

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Business Type: Services?
One PayPal rep tried to tell us once that if your PayPal.com account is setup with a business category of Services, or something similar, this option may not appear?

Sign in, My Account, Profile, My business info, Business information, click Update
Click Edit (at the bottom)
Category: set to something plain like Business to business
Sales Venue(s): don’t select eBay, select My Own Website
Ensure all other data is filled in.

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Another more expensive option is to sign up for Website Payments Pro which allows this behavior and many other advanced features.

 

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EXAMPLES
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see ANSWER

 

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APPLIES TO / KEY WORDS
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PayPal
New Account
Payment
Website payments standard

 

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REF
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By | 2011-09-27T10:21:22+00:00 September 27th, 2011|Internet/Web, PayPal|0 Comments