How can I test my Paypal payment link?

by AussieT 16 replies
I want to test my paypal payment link. What is the best way to do this?

PayPal won't let me log in as the buyer and the seller.

I think I read somewhere that there is way to test everything.

Thanks

AussieT
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth Hendrickson
    I have two PayPal accounts for this purpose. One is my business account in my name and the other is a personal account in my husband's name and with a separate bank account. It comes in really handy, especially to test PayPal links.
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  • Profile picture of the author Solidsnake
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    Originally Posted by AussieT View Post

    I want to test my paypal payment link. What is the best way to do this?

    PayPal won't let me log in as the buyer and the seller.

    I think I read somewhere that there is way to test everything.

    Thanks

    AussieT
    Let me know your link and I will test it for you...
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  • Ditto, What Rob Ferrall said. I was going to tell you the same thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author samstephens
    Rob's suggestion number 1 is what I use all the time.

    Having a business/premier and a personal Paypal account comes in handy all the time, so it's worth setting it up. Remember your personal Paypal account is free, and if you just do $0.01 tests, a few bucks in it will last a lifetime.

    cheers
    Sam


    PS. As a slight aside, keep in mind that using the Paypal Sandbox can actually introduce errors that don't exist in the live system. Thats why I'd prefer to test live.
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    • Profile picture of the author joecool1972
      Great advice, this is something that has bugged me before.
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      • Profile picture of the author zeurois
        You can use paypal's sandbox.

        If you don't have a developer account create one and you will be able to run as many tests as you want without any external help and without dealing with commissions or refunds.
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        • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
          I use method [1] too.

          I don't use the Sandbox because it doesn't let me test the actual process that customers will use.

          It doesn't matter how much testing you do with a new system - you still worry until the first sale comes in successfully from a real customer, and they're often that's day's customer who forgets to click the 'return to merchant' button LOL!

          Cheers,

          Neil
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          • Profile picture of the author DanGTD
            Paypal Sandbox, if you need to run multiple tests to get it going exactly how you want.
            Otherwise, with 2 real accounts, you'll end up paying a lot in fees.
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            • Profile picture of the author lelaiskandar
              I always use paypal sandbox but I use real email address so that I can confirm that everything is okay.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Brian
    I use #3 method however it's quite technical.
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  • Profile picture of the author cypherslock
    Is there a way to just make a link instead of a button? IE Click here to order?
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  • Profile picture of the author johnsamuels
    I was all geared up to make a thread to answer this question, but the search function has saved the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Louis Raven
    You can't! well, you can but not easily.

    You'll find yourself creating 2 whole new accounts and then you have to login as the seller and create a whole new setup/button.

    Then you'll have to login with your buyer account, find the sellers butto...

    You know what? take a chance on the button and assume it's working.

    Louis
    (megafrustrated after doing all above only to find it doesn't let you test subscription buttons accurately)
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  • Profile picture of the author TomGuo
    I always use method 4, ask a friend to help you to test the link is quite simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author MeTellYou
    I usually just ask one of my team members to buy something from me and then give them the cash back
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