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Add a Paypal Shopping Cart to Your Website

When you use PayPal's free Shopping Cart on your website, your customers can purchase multiple items with a single payment, browse your entire selection, and view a consolidated list of all their items before purchasing. The Shopping Cart is a low-cost way for you to accept credit card and bank account payments, and can be fully integrated with your website in a few easy steps.

What are the benefits?
Save time and money with PayPal's hassle-free Shopping Cart:
  • Easy to implement - no CGI scripting necessary
  • No up-front costs - you'll have the same low fee schedule used when you receive other PayPal payments
  • Sell with ease - PayPal maintains detailed transaction records on our website

  • Improve buyer experience - with customizable buttons and secure payments, happy customers become repeat customers

The instructions below provide a brief overview of the PayPal Shopping Cart. For more detailed instructions or to add special features to your Shopping Cart, please refer to the Shopping Cart Manual (PDF 517K / 34 pages) you must hav a Paypal account and be logged in to view this link.

How It Works
The Shopping Cart is easy to set-up and use:
  1. Log in to your Premier or Business PayPal account.
  2. Click on the Sell tab
  3. Click on the Shopping Cart link
  4. Specify the name, price, and other details of the item you wish to sell
  5. Add more optional information such as shipping, sales tax, and option fields (for size, color, etc.)
  6. Click Create Button Now and the Button Factory will generate customized HTML code
  7. Paste the HTML code on your website to create your "Add to Cart" and "View Cart" buttons.
When a buyer clicks the "Add to Cart" button, a new window will appear listing the contents of the buyer's Shopping Cart, including the item just added. To make the purchase, the buyer clicks "Checkout" from this window.

Shopping Cart HTML Code
Experienced HTML users can bypass the Button Factory and create their own Shopping Cart payment buttons by altering the HTML code directly. The sample code below shows the minimum information you need to create an Add to Cart button (in this case, to purchase an HTML book for $24.99):

<form name="_xclick" target="paypal" action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post">
<input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_cart">
<input type="hidden" name="business" value="me@mybiz.com">
<input type="hidden" name="item_name" value="HTML book">
<input type="hidden" name="amount" value="24.99">
<input type="image" src="http://www.paypal.com/images/sc-but-01.gif" border="0" name="submit" alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!">
<input type="hidden" name="add" value="1"> </form>

Pasting the code above into your website would generate a button that looks like this:


If you dynamically generate portions of your site, you can populate your Add to Cart buttons dynamically and save time by updating the variables with information from your database. To use the button above for a different item, you would only need to edit three variables: item_name, item_number, and amount.

To add a View Cart button to your website, just use this code:

<form name="_xclick" target="paypal" action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post">
<input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_cart">
<input type="hidden" name="business" value="me@mybiz.com">
<input type="image" src="https://www.paypal.com/images/view_cart.gif" border="0" name="submit" alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!">
<input type="hidden" name="display" value="1">
</form>

Pasting the code above into your website would generate a button that looks like this:


For more information about using the PayPal Shopping Cart on your website, see the Shopping Cart Manual (PDF 517K / 34 pages) -- you must hav a Paypal account and be logged in to click this link.



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