How to use PayPal in stores

Marketing Strategies, Mobile technology

  • Helena
  • 31 Oct 2013
  • 18 comment

Last year, PayPal expressed its wish to enter the market for in-store mobile payments. For that purpose, the company took a series of steps, the most important of them being a deal with Discover, a credit card network, to allow PayPal users to make payments in the more than 7 million retails in the US that support Discover Card payments.

PayPal has already PayPal Here, a payment system for small businesses to accept card payments using a card reader that can be attached to a mobile phone to process the payment. Also, payments can be made through PayPal’s wallet app.


These actions, along with direct partnerships with bigger retailers, according to the company, in-store payments via PayPal are expected to be in order in about 2 million offline shops.

PayPal has the advantage over its competitors –Square, Google Wallet or Isis– to have the trust of over 128 million users worldwide, which has gotten its app to be downloaded by 37% of those surveyed by the IAB regarding mobile payments.

But in-store payments aren’t only beneficial for retailers because of the quick sales they drive, but also as a means of building up CRM programs. For instance, by means of a mobile log-in page that users have to visit to access the Wi-Fi service, retailers could insert links there to their website. This way, users showrooming for a product would have a chance of buying it directly from the brand’s online store, instead of resorting to another brand. Also, log-in pages could be used to ask users for information, like phone number or email address, which can be used to build longer lasting relationships with consumers after they leave the store.

PayPal Payments Standard

PayPal Payments Standard is an easy way to accept credit cards wherever you do business. You can sell online (it accepts credit cards and PayPal), prepare invoices, process in-store payments by means of a credit card reader (PayPal Here), and your shoppers don’t even need to have a PayPal account. It doesn’t have a setup fee or apply monthly charges.

PayPal Payments Pro

PayPal Payments Advanced (or Pro) is a similar product to PayPal Payments Standard, only it is tailored for businesses. It is a more sophisticated solution, the main difference from Standard being on the checkout experience for the business customers. It enables a much more customizable checkout, allowing businesses to integrate it within their own website. That way, shoppers don’t ever have to leave the site. It has a monthly fee (this may vary form one country to another).


  1. Parma 03/11/2013 at 09:25:29 Responder

    This service is incredible and secure too. I wish it can come to India as well. I just wish if I could manage all my accounts with one single card and PayPal will now allow users to do that. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Kishore 14/11/2013 at 02:26:00 Responder

    People don’t like taking paypal or there credit cards. Just last week I wanted to buy $2500.00 worth of 3d printing hardware as well as supply’s from the Microsoft store. They would not take Paypal.

    After transferring large amounts of cash between friends I can see why.

    to send $700.00 to someone it would cost you about $25.00 in fees. that’s a lot of money to lose in a transfer.

  3. Sonia 12/02/2014 at 23:05:16 Responder

    I wish it can come to India as well. here it is with some restriction. i just want to manage all account from single account.

  4. Priyanka 15/02/2014 at 02:54:33 Responder

    Thanks for sharing the useful information, As other people said above in comments yes in India it has some limitations. :)

  5. Kiley Bohman 07/03/2014 at 11:51:40 Responder

    Using PayPal would be OK but, why would anyone want another card? I thought this was supposed to be fast and mobile.

  6. Aruba 27/04/2014 at 00:29:45 Responder

    Paypal integration is mandatory in stores, Thanks for sharing the tips.

  7. Priti Sharma 07/05/2014 at 04:13:41 Responder

    Great video !! very well explained about how to use paypal in store . Hoping some more tips on technology from your side soon.

  8. Sunil 17/05/2014 at 02:27:36 Responder

    I wish it can come to India as well. here it is with some restriction…

  9. Priti Sharma 04/06/2014 at 00:59:11 Responder

    Its a nice article and useful information about how to use paypal in stores.

  10. Tanya 04/06/2014 at 21:07:20 Responder

    Extremely Helpful. I just have a question. I have some amount in My Paypal. Due to some misprinting, i have to make corrections in My PAN card. Can i use Paypal to make payment to Tax department Online?

    • Helena 04/06/2014 at 23:58:48 Responder

      Tanya, you’ll have to address the Tax department for that. It depends on them whether they accept PayPal for payments or not.

  11. Tanya 05/06/2014 at 00:28:21 Responder

    Thanks Helena,
    Will be contacting them soon.


  12. Arnav batra 10/06/2014 at 02:21:55 Responder

    Good piece of knowledge you shared with us..!!

  13. Aruba 14/07/2014 at 21:02:25 Responder

    Thanks for this awesome information.

  14. Maria 27/07/2014 at 01:44:27 Responder

    How could I integrate Paypal as payment system to my ecom site?

    • Helena 28/07/2014 at 00:47:17 Responder

      Hi Maria, it’ll depend on what kind of website you’re using, but mainly you’ll need to check PayPal’s API to see how it works.

  15. Aruba 21/09/2014 at 20:34:05 Responder

    Yes, Paypal API is very cluttery, it is difficult to implement without proper documentation.

  16. Subway Surfers for Windows 15/11/2014 at 19:24:24 Responder

    I have seen this card reader to enable payments any where all you need is to have just the smart phone anroid or iPhone to accept the payments..

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