How to Accept Credit Cards at Yard Sales


You no longer have to worry about taking checks from strangers at a yard sale or garage sale. You can sell any big ticket item and get paid right away by accepting a credit card through PayPal.

Things You'll Need

  • Free website
  • PayPal account

How to Accept Credit Cards at Yard Sales

The first thing you must do is set up a PayPal account. This can be done for free at the PayPal web site. The information asked for is general so there is no need to hunt for any paperwork.

After you set up your PayPal account, you will need to set up a free web site. This can be done in a matter of minutes through places like Yahoo's GeoCities. You can even use social networking sites if you prefer. Most free web sites are a WYSIWYG type of site. You can design the site very easily by using the provided site design tools. It does not have to be elaborate. Something simple is all you need to be able to accept credit cards at yard sales.

Once you have your web site set up and online, you will need to log onto the PayPal site. There is a section about accepting payments and donations. You can choose from a button that says "Buy Now", "Add To Cart", or "Donate". The HTML code will be generated for the button you choose. You will need to copy and paste the HTML code onto your web site.

The buttons can be set for certain prices. This is great for large ticket items. For instance, if you are selling a lawnmower for $25 and a bedroom suite for $100, you can have a $25 button and a $100 button added to your website.

Tips & Warnings

  • The "Donate" button allows the customer to enter in any amount they choose. This is perfect for multiple purchases. This type of selling is also good for someone who frequently sells at flea markets. A laptop with WiFi will allow access to the web site.
  • You do need to be careful when allowing someone access to your home to use the computer for the payment. It is advisable this method of accepting payments only be done when there are several people available to help with the yard sale. It may be worth borrowing or renting a laptop with WiFi for the sales just for the safety factor.

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