How to Use PayPal Storefront

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When selling products online, you'll want to use a payment system that's reliable and safe. PayPal is a popular system that meets these criteria. Beyond the simple money transferring systems it's known for, PayPal also has widgets such as Storefront, which was developed to make selling even easier.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • PayPal account
  • TypePad account (optional)
  • MySpace account (optional)
  • Sign into PayPal Storefront. Use your PayPal email and password. If you don't have a PayPal account, you'll need to set up one before using Storefront.

  • Select your decorations, title and policies for your Storefront widget. You can also add a logo, if you have an image that's 60 by 35 pixels. Your policies include how you ship products, how customers can contact you and anything else you'd like a customer to know about you and your products.

  • Add your product details. Click on the "Products" tab to open up the products page. Here you can give a title to the product you're selling, in addition to setting its price and giving some information about it. You can add a picture, but it should be 188 by 168 pixels and it should be hosted somewhere else--on a free photo site such as Flickr or Photobucket. Paste the photo's URL in the box labeled "Picture of Product."

  • Add your inventory information. The inventory page has options to add sizes, for example, if you're selling T-shirts. Beyond that, you can show how much of any product you have in stock so people can't continue buying a product if it's sold out. This is the place where you should provide special shipping information or specific notes about the product.

  • Add the rest of your products. Press the "+" button to add a new product and repeat the last two steps until you've added everything you need to add.

  • Set your shipping rates. Click on the "Shipping" tab to bring this up. You can make a tiered shipping-rate system, perhaps lowering the shipping rate as more money is spent.

  • Open your store. Click the "Store Open" tab and make sure that your store is open.

  • Publish your Storefront. Click on the "Publish" tab to bring up your options. If you have a MySpace account or a TypePad account, you can choose one of these sites from the list, and Storefront automatically publishes to your MySpace page or TypePad blog. Otherwise you can copy the HTML code that's given to you and paste it into your own website.

  • Update your Storefront as you add stock or change policies.

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