How to best organise shop inventory using Paypal Shopping Cart/Product Catalog?

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I am completely new to Yola.

I am a bit confused about how the paypal buttons and shopping cart works.

If I use a product catalog widget on one page, and another product catalog widget on another page, will all purchases from both pages(or multiple pages if I used more than 2) feed through to the same shopping cart for the buyer, so if for example he/she has added item to cart in page 1 product catalog and then has added a 2nd item to cart in page 2 product catalog, when they go to view cart they will see the 2 items combined.

Is this correct? This is because ideally I want to split my site into various webpages for categories of items.

If I was to use a single 'buy it now' option on some pages and a product catalog on other pages and to display the same items will they only feed through once to the same shopping cart?

Basically I sell 'one of a kind' pieces of jewellery and I wanted a way to give more detailed description than the product catalog. So for example if a buyer clicks on my main page where I am displaying multiple varieties of 'one off' pieces together, but then clicks on a 'view more details' link to take them to a feature page for that item I can still incorporate a 'buy it now' button on that page without messing the whole shopping cart up!!

Also I notice if I create my own buttons via paypal it seems to give you some inventory control as my items are one of a kinds I would not want people to be able to visit and buy the same item over again without realising it was sold. I am about ready to give up on the paypal option as I am getting that confused and just have an enquiry form but that seems a shame : (

Any help and advice will be appreciated!!
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Hi there,

Firstly, yes, both items from the two pages would be added to your cart.

As far as I am aware the buy now buttons and the product catalog will both link to one checkout cart.

Yes, you can add a buy now button on a linked image or description that people can use once they have clicked on your link.

I would suggest you customise your own Paypal buttons as it seems you need a bit more functionality than our online store offers. In customising buttons you can control your inventory more and you have more flexibility.

For information on using PayPal, you can see PayPal's Website Payments Standard Integration Guide PDF (PDF).

I hope this helps. If you need any further assistance, please let me know.