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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

There Is No Donate PayPal Type Button

How to add donate button on my site or blog?

And one more question

I have PayPal donation button on my site but when someone try to donate to me money he get message: "Your recipient is not able to receive funds at this time. Your recipient must first set up his or her account to receive funds."

I tried to create Donate PayPal button but I didn't fund option to create Donate button anywhere on the PayPal account when I was logged in. It should be at
My Account --> Profile -- My selling tools --> PayPal buttons --> Update --> Create New Button
but there you can choose only Shopping Cart, Buy Now, Gift certificates or Subscriptions button type. My PayPal account type is Premier.

Why Donate button type doesn't exists?

Where to find PayPal donate button? I have error: Your recipient is not able to receive funds at this time. Your recipient must first set up his or her account to receive funds.

Because word "Donate" is reserved for a charity and Paypal doesn't allow Donate button in some countries (usually it is due to local legal/tax requirements incompatible with PayPal's mechanism).

How to add Donate button

On internet I found advice to go on:

https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/?cmd=_donate-intro-outside

without logging in. Then I create donate button, copy HTML code and paste it on my blog. Donate button appeared on my blog.

When I ask my friend to try sending me some funds for testing purpose he get this error:

"Your recipient is not able to receive funds at this time. Your recipient must first set up his or her account to receive funds."

Cause of this error in my case is PayPal does not support Donate button for some countries, in this case PayPal doesn't support donate button for my country.

Solution for "Your recipient is not able to receive funds at this time" error with Donate button

You can solve this problem with choosing Buy Now button type instead of Donate button type. PayPal says:

We can't quite recommend using "buy now" button to accept donations, but from technical perspective it should be working correctly. Such transaction will also show as purchase on the donor's account and credit card statement, which may be confusing.

So, they tolerate this approach, it is not perfect but it will do.

I will not going in details how to generate PayPal Buy Now button. Here is an excellent link which in details describe how to make your own Buy now button step by step with images : How to sell an ebook with paypal.


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