Buy Now: basic payment options

To create a Buy Now button, log in to your PayPal Business or Premier account and open the Create a PayPal payment button page. For detailed steps, see Open the PayPal button creation page. After you've logged in, complete one or more of the following tasks:

Configuration tasks Required Description
Choose a button and enter payment details Yes Enter basic product and price information. You can stop here and create your payment button code, or you may continue and customize the button.
Add product options and prices No If your product offers different options, like colors or sizes, enter the product options and prices.
Customize button text and appearance No Modify the appearance and text of the PayPal button or use your own button image.
Enter shipping rates No Override the default shipping rates for all transactions related to this button.
Enter tax information No Override the default tax rate for transactions related to this button.
Associate transactions with your PayPal account No Associate all button transactions with an email address in your Profile instead of your PayPal merchant ID.

Choose button type and enter payment details

Select Buy Now from the Choose a button type drop-down menu, and then enter the following payment details:

  • Item name

    Enter the name of the item or service that you want to sell.

  • Item ID (Optional)

    If you assign tracking numbers to your products or you want PayPal to track inventory levels, enter a unique inventory ID or tracking number.

  • Price

    Enter the price of the item or service.

    Leave this field blank if your product has different options and prices. See Add product options and prices.

  • Currency

    Displays the default currency. (Default: The currency listed in your Profile, under My Money and PayPal balance.)

    To change the currency, click a different currency.

Note: If you're satisfied with your button, you can stop here. Click Create Button to generate the HTML code snippet for your button. For detailed steps, see Copy and paste button code.

Add product options and prices

(Optional) If your product has multiple options, like colors and sizes, add a drop-down menu to your button to list each option. You can list options with or without prices. To gather product customization information from a customer, add a text box to your button. For example, if you offer custom engraving, the customer enters the message they want engraved in the text box.

Select an option, and then enter the required information:

  • Add drop-down menu with price/option

    Click to add a drop-down menu with up to 10 product options with different prices.

    • Enter a name for the drop-down menu. For example, you might enter Size.

    • Enter a name and price for each menu option. For example, you might enter Small and $10.00.

    • Click Add another option, Remove option, or Done.

    • Preview the drop-down menu in Your customer's view.

  • Add drop-down menu

    Click to add a drop-down menu with up to 10 product options.

    • Enter a name for the drop-down menu. For example, you might enter Color.

    • Enter a name for the option. For example, you might enter Red.

    • Click Add another option, Remove option, or Done.

    • Preview the drop-down menu in Your customer's view.

  • Add text field

    Click to add up to two text fields where customers can enter information.

    • Enter a label that will appear above the text box, such as, Text to engrave:

    • Click Done to preview the drop-down menu in Your customer's view.

    • Click Add another text field, Edit, or Delete.

Customize the button text and appearance

(Optional) You can change the appearance and text of the PayPal button or you can enter a URL to use your own button image.

To customize the button appearance, click Customize appearance and configure the following options:

  • PayPal button (Default)

    Uses the default PayPal button.

    • Use a smaller button

      Replaces the default button with a smaller PayPal button.

    • Display credit card logos (Default)

      Displays credit card logos beneath the button.

      Click to hide credit card logos.

    • Country and language for button (Default: The language specified in Preferred language, under My Settings in your Profile.)

      Specifies the country and language of the button.

      Click to change the country and language. If you change country and language, verify that Currency is set appropriately.

    • Select button text (Default text: Buy Now)

      Changes button text from Buy Now to Pay Now.

  • Use your own button image

    Select the check box to use your own button (not hosted by PayPal), then enter the URL of your button image. If your image is hosted on an SSL-secured server, change the text box to begin with https://.

Enter shipping rates

Shipping rates are automatically calculated using the shipping methods you set in your PayPal account Profile. U.S. merchants can override the shipping methods and set shipping rates on a per transaction basis. Non-U.S. merchants must first enable shipping method overrides in their account Profile. To do so, go to your Profile, select My selling tools, and then Shipping Calculations. Click Yes for the Override shipping methods per transaction option. For more information, see Overriding Shipping Calculations on Individual Transactions in the Merchant Setup and Administration Guide.

  • Use settings saved in your PayPal profile (Default)

    Leave this option selected to use shipping methods from your Profile, and then enter the product's Weight and select Lb(s) or kgs.

    To review the shipping methods in your account Profile, click View.

  • Use specific amount

    For U.S. merchants: Click this option to override your default shipping methods, and then enter the amount to charge for shipping.

    Enter zero (0.00) for items that do not incur shipping charges, such as digital goods.

    For non-U.S. merchants: See the Note above to enable shipping overrides. Then click this option and enter an amount to charge for shipping.

Enter tax information

Tax is automatically calculated using the tax rates you set in your PayPal account Profile. You can override the tax rates set in your Profile on a per transaction basis.

  • Use saved values in PayPal profile (Default)

    Leave this option checked to use the tax rates set in your account Profile.

  • Use tax rate

    Select this option to override the tax rates set in your account Profile. Enter a percentage to calculate the tax on this item, regardless of quantity.

    Enter zero (0.000) to override automatic sales tax calculation for non-taxable goods.

Associate transactions with your PayPal account

Use the following options to associate transactions from your payment button with your PayPal account:

  • Use my secure merchant account ID (Default)

    PayPal associates transactions with your secure PayPal merchant ID. With this option, all payment notification emails are sent to your account's primary email address.

    PayPal recommends keeping the default option so that your email address will not be exposed within the button code.

  • Use my primary email address

    Associates transactions from this button with the primary email address in your PayPal account.

    If your Profile contains multiple email addresses, click the address you want to use as the primary email address for this button.

    For example, you might select the email address of the person in your organization who handles order fulfillment or accounting. All payments are deposited to your PayPal account balance, regardless of which email address is selected. However, only the selected email address will receive the email payment notifications.

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