Good News! PayPal Accounts Optional for Gift Givers

Good news! I was wrong about your guests having to create
an account to make credit card payments.
(It happens from time to time. 🙂

It sounded fishy to me so I contacted PayPal and there is a
setting to make creating an account optional. Some of you had it turned on and some turned off. I had been looking at a couple’s registry that had it turned off (which it probably is by default because PP can be sneaky!)

Here’s what you need to do:

Login to your PayPal account, click the My Accounts Tab > Profile > Website Payment Preferences (Or use this link to go directly to that page.)

Scroll down to where it says “PayPal Account Optional”

Make sure that is ON. This way your guests will NOT have to create a
PayPal account. They will have the option to but not be required.


We’re still considering building our own payment system because that would just be easier for your guests than PayPal. We’d love to hear how important this is to you— would you be willing to pay a transaction fee that is 1-3% higher than PayPal’s transaction fee if we accepted credit cards on our site?


2 Comments, RSS

  1. Leann July 26, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    It would be ok as an option, but to be forced to choose that over PayPal, no… I would end up creating my own site and adding PayPal buttons. No one wants to pay more money than they have to… one of the reasons I chose this site was because it didn’t charge 7% to my guests or I. Now, I am not saying that you should not get a kickback on the site… by all means, but it would be best to do it in a way of selling advertising spots for Travel Agents or promoting your own services more.

  2. Rebecca Santillo July 26, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

    I think you should consider accepting credit cards for a fee. We have run into the problem where 30% of our guests that used our site did not actually end up giving us the gifts depsite them going through the process. Requiring the use of credit cards will ensure people actually give what they said they would.


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