Paypal - How to let customers determine payment amount?

by JohnVH
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I want to use Paypal on a site selling web promo services. The issue is, the amount the customers have to pay is not fixed - it depends on how much they want to purchase.

And how much they want can't be determined in advance.

How do I do this using Paypal?

The issue is, when creating a Paypal payment button, you have to set the price in advance. At most, you can have a drop down menu with multiple (fixed) prices.

What should be done if the price is entirely determined by the customer? How do I generate a button for that?

Will using a third party shopping cart do the trick?

John
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  • Profile picture of the author jeff09
    Do you want like dropbox?
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnVH
      Not dropbox.

      Ideally, I'd like the customer enter what amount he wants to pay and then pay that amount through Paypal.

      Thx!
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      • Profile picture of the author jeff09
        This can be done through shopping cart alone
        Originally Posted by JohnVH View Post

        Not dropbox.

        Ideally, I'd like the customer enter what amount he wants to pay and then pay that amount through Paypal.

        Thx!
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnVH
          Thanks for clarifying!

          Any suggestions on free shopping carts where I can do this easily?
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  • Try this:

    Log into your PayPal account , and go through the steps to create a "buy now" PayPal button.

    When typing in your Item name, make sure that in the Price box you type 0.00 and continue to create the button.

    This used to work in the past.

    If it still does, then when your buyer arrives at the checkout page, they would see, $0.00,
    they would then enter their own amount, and click update,
    this would then show whatever amount they entered. They can then check out.

    If this doesn't work anymore, I apologize in advance.
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    • Profile picture of the author talfighel
      Originally Posted by stoltingmediagroup View Post

      Try this:

      Log into your PayPal account , and go through the steps to create a "buy now" PayPal button.

      When typing in your Item name, make sure that in the Price box you type 0.00 and continue to create the button.

      This used to work in the past.

      If it still does, then when your buyer arrives at the checkout page, they would see, $0.00,
      they would then enter their own amount, and click update,
      this would then show whatever amount they entered. They can then check out.

      If this doesn't work anymore, I apologize in advance.
      If it does work, that is a cool feature I was never aware of.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnVH
      Originally Posted by stoltingmediagroup View Post

      Try this:

      Log into your PayPal account , and go through the steps to create a "buy now" PayPal button.

      When typing in your Item name, make sure that in the Price box you type 0.00 and continue to create the button.

      This used to work in the past.

      If it still does, then when your buyer arrives at the checkout page, they would see, $0.00,
      they would then enter their own amount, and click update,
      this would then show whatever amount they entered. They can then check out.

      If this doesn't work anymore, I apologize in advance.
      Sounds very cool! Lemme try it out.

      And thanks in advance!
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