How to check that my paypal buy now button works?

by Jekiko Banned
7 replies
Hello,

I have just set up my IPN to work with paypal
and I have tested it in the "sandbox" and it seems OK

But - I would still like to test it "for real" before driving
traffic to my sales page.

I don't think paypal will do a transaction that is me paying myself
even if I do use different email addresses, if they are on the same
account - I don't think it will process it.

What do you guys usually do ?

I suppose just get a friend to "buy" the product?
#button #buy #check #paypal #works
  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
    Originally Posted by Jekiko View Post

    Hello,

    I have just set up my IPN to work with paypal
    and I have tested it in the "sandbox" and it seems OK

    But - I would still like to test it "for real" before driving
    traffic to my sales page.

    I don't think paypal will do a transaction that is me paying myself
    even if I do use different email addresses, if they are on the same
    account - I don't think it will process it.

    What do you guys usually do ?

    I suppose just get a friend to "buy" the product?
    You can have a second account, one which is just a personal account. Use it to buy from your site.
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    Kevin Riley, Kevin Riley Publishing, Osaka, Japan


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    • Profile picture of the author Jekiko
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      Thaks for your reply Keven.

      My "normal" account is a Premier account
      i.e. it is not a business account.

      So do I have to open a business account
      or can I have a Premier account and a standard personal account

      Obviously it is easier to do the testing with my own account
      rather that asking a friend to "buy" something.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
        Originally Posted by Jekiko View Post

        Thaks for your reply Keven.

        My "normal" account is a Premier account
        i.e. it is not a business account.

        So do I have to open a business account
        or can I have a Premier account and a standard personal account

        Obviously it is easier to do the testing with my own account
        rather that asking a friend to "buy" something.
        You don't need a business account. A premium account for taking money, and open a second personal account for test buys.
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        Kevin Riley, Kevin Riley Publishing, Osaka, Japan


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        • Profile picture of the author Jekiko
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          To open that second account - do I have to use a different bank account and credit card ?

          And do I have to wait for that bank transaction to show on my statement ?
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          • Profile picture of the author ppc4profit
            As you mentioned in your posting one of the easiest and quickest ways to test your page is to get a friend to go through the sales journey for you - just set the price at $0.01 temporarily.

            Another advantage of this is that you get a new set of eyes going through the process and they might hit some issues that you would not see. What is obvious to you may not be to a new visitor and another valuable part of your testing.
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            • Profile picture of the author Johnadab
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              Hi Jekiko,

              If you have a problem with asking friends to test your system,
              the I understand - I don't talk to my mates about IM stuff, they would
              just take the p... out of me !

              I would love to help you out.
              Problem is , I don't have a paypal account yet.

              Why not PM Kevin Riley, he seems like helpful dude
              and if you reduce the price to like 5c then he gets a
              product for virtually free as well.
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              • Profile picture of the author Jekiko
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                Hello ,
                Thanks for your suggestions.

                I have opened a new paypal account using a different bank account.

                This will make things easier in the future.

                Only problem is that my new credit card will take a couple of weeks to come through, and that is what I will fund my payments with.

                So I have to wait.

                As suggested I also PM'ed Mr Riley - hope it's allowed to ask favors ?
                Anyway I promised him a beer

                So maybe sometime soon I can know if my pay buttons work

                Thanks again for your help.
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