How to set up an e-commerce site using PayPal to process

Want to set up your own online store instead of dealing with eBay? There’s an easy way to get started that uses PayPal as a credit card processor, allowing you put together a simple store without major monthly commitments. Ars shows you how.

Selling stuff online has become the new “side business” of many Internet users, whether it’s used clothes, vintage computer items, custom-made gadgets, or homemade cookies. There are numerous venues to do this without having to expend any brainpower (eBay still being the go-to source) but there are downsides to using those services—namely, there are so many people using them to sell items of questionable quality that it’s easy to get dismissed as “yet another eBay seller.”

But making your own e-commerce site is a huge pain and easy to screw up, isn’t it? Well, yes and no. To build an entire system from the ground up might require more time and resources than you currently have, but you can easily fake it by creating a site to hawk your wares and by using PayPal as a payment processing back-end—and your buyers don’t even have to have a PayPal account to buy from you. Here’s a simple tutorial for setting up your own site to sell stuff with the help of PayPal.

Making the buttons

First, it’s wise to have a PayPal account already, but it’s not required. The reason we recommend having an account is because PayPal offers a few extra tools for sellers if you have an account, like inventory tracking and the ability to save your buttons. However, if you are completely averse to this, you don’t have to (but we question why you are already this deep into the article you aren’t interested in using PayPal’s services).

Read more at: Ars Technica

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