Auto postage discount using paypal

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I'm looking for a way to have paypal calculate a discounted postage when people want to buy more than one item from my site, does anyone know how to do this? I know that it can be done and I found this https://www.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/web... but to be honest it might as well be written in greek!
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Hi Kenny,

To add buttons from PayPal.com, you can follow these steps:
1. Customize the buttons you would like to use. This means following their steps and add your preferences and product information.
2. Copy the HTML code provided.
3. Back on your site, drag-and-drop an HTML widget from the sidebar on the right onto your page (the icon for this is a blue sphere).
4. An HTML editor will open up that will allow you to write or paste your code (use right-click > paste or ctrl-V to paste).
5. When you are done, click "OK" and you will see the appear on your page.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you have any further questions, please let me know.
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Hi Marije,

I have already added buttons from paypal (that was the easy bit) but what I want to be able to do is to offer discounted postage to people that are purchasing more than one item from my site. For example if someone wants to buy 3 items and the postage on each item is £2, rather than them having spend £6 to have the items shipped I would like to be able to discount the cost of shipping automatically. So instead a payment of £6 paypal will automatically generate a reduced postage cost (based on my own postage rules) in the same way that it can be done when purchasing multiple items from ebay.
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Hi Kenny,

It seems to me to be a setting that you apply to your PayPal account and it will automatically be calculated when a customers buys products from you. I found this link on PayPal's site: https://www.paypal.com/en_US/ebook/PP.... It's a guide that may help you.
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Hi Mariji

I use paypal.co.uk and unfortunately dont seem to have the same options under the profile sub tab. The only options on the UK version are:

Add or remove e-mail

Add or remove bank account

Add or remove card

Add or edit address

I have tried looking in the help files but so far I can only find the same information that you have supplied.

It's so frustrating that I am now thinking of looking for alternatives to paypal as the e-commerce is now the only thing that is really standing in the way of launching my site.

I have considered e-mailing paypal but previous experience of e-mailing them has usually produced answers that would seem to come from bots and are inevitably a million miles from the question asked!
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Hi there Kenny,

I have a paypal UK account and I used to refund the people the amount of the discount - it was the easiest way (and doesn't cost you anything and you get refunded the percentage of the paypal charge). I have tried to contact paypal - but to no avail.
There might be this option on the more advanced options - but I dont know if it is worth paying more and not being sure of whether they have the option or not.

They should have an answer for this so please let me know if you hear anything from them. I will let you know as soon as I get a response.

Please let me know if there i anything more I can do.
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Thank Jeremy,

to be honest I would rather stay with paypal (better the devil you know) than have to try another option. I have given some thought to refunding the difference in postage, but at tfirst didn't really like the idea of having to clutter my sales pages with an expalnation of postage discounts. Now I'm starting to think along the lines of a seperate page with a link to all the postage discount stuff.

I really think that we should have the same functionality as our American cousins though as E-bay owe the UK public some kind of thanks after the massive rise in profits that they saw which was mostly down to the UK Ebay and it's massive increase in users.

I have e-mailed paypal and will let you know as soon as I get a response. Ah well back to the drawing board for now!
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Hi Guys

I've been scouring paypal (dog with a bone syndrome) and i cam accross the link first posted on here by Marije

https://www.paypal.com/en_US/ebook/PP

The strange thing about the link is that it is used for what you would expect to be two different things. One one hand it is used for "US Merchants Only" and in the link right next to it is supposed to take you to a page for "NON US Merchants Only" both links lead to the same page wich is hosted on paypal.com. I'm hoping that this is an indication that there is a way of automating postage discounts for us in the UK....I will wait for the e-mail!
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Hi Kenny,

Just a check-in I haven't heard anything constructive from Paypal yet.

As soon as I do I will let you know.
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Hi Jeremy

Well I was just checking in to let you know that paypals response was to tell me how to set up postage discounts in my e-bay account!!! I will e-mail them again and see if I can get any sense from them..... and we trust these people with our business finances?!!
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Hi Guys,

I think I might have found a solution to the automatic postage discounts in paypal. Mal's e-commerce, its a free shopping cart that than can do all the calculations before sending the final amount to the paypal check out :-)

Has anyone used this? if so how difficult or easy is it to use? Also the biggest question is is it compatable with synthasite

Kenny
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I haven't used this Kenny, maybe someone else will chime in that has. I will also do some checking to see if it is compatible. Thanks for sharing!

Emmy
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Thanks very much Emmy, from what i can gather the cart stays on a seperate server and intergrates with paypal. I think it's all done in HTML and based largely around links...so here's hoping. If I have any other news I'll be sure to post it

Kenny
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Thanks Kenny, I will check into it!
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I've had a similar problem and have been getting some help here:
http://developer.paypal-portal.com/pd...
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Thanks Tony! That looks like a very useful site.
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Hi guys,

thanks for that Tony I will check out the link, although I'm quite happy with mal's e-commerce it does what I need, maybe not quite what I would have liked exactly but it's fine.

When I first looked at Mal's it looked like it might be a little time consuming to get used to the software and I didn't want to spend days getting things wrong and being frustrated by it so I ended up hiring someone to do all the donkey work for me. I had my shopping cart set up and intergrated with PayPal for the princely sum of just $25!!

I found a guy from india who did all the work, he was very very good and an absolute pleasure to work with. I found him on a site called rent a coder

http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/...

You leave a description of the work you need doing and coders bid against each other for the job. You choose the coder you think is best suited to the job.
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Hi Tony,

the problem that I had with Mal's was realy that I didn't want to spend time learning how to use it. They have 6 options for postage and you can set free postage by using the coupon or voucher system, I had this set up on my chilliz site.

www.chilliz.co.uk

I use it as a thank you to my ebay customers customers and offer them one months free postage. They simply shop as normal and then before going to check out they enter the coupon code and click recalculate, the postal charges are then removed. I have checked out Mald and this is quite easy to set up and mangage. If you need to see it in action let me know and I will happily post the code on here...... anyone reading it is welcome to use it.

Good Luck with Mal's
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Hi, I'm also trying to offer postage discounts to my customers but even after reading this thread, I'm still confused. Ideally I don't want to pay to offer this or get someone else to do it for me. There must be a simple way of doing this?! Surely? I know its been 11 months since you all wrote on here - has anyone found anything new out? Thank you :) Laura
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Hi Laura, I am also having this problem, i can't believe there is not a simple solution - but as yet have not found it!!!!!! will let you know if i find out anything, angela
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I'm pretty sure I ended up hand coding it, without really understanding what I was doing, then gave up on the project. Sorry I couldnt be of more help