Paypal Express + New Etsy Checkout = Upgrade to PP Business Account Notices

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Go To Great Panes, Kathryn Maloney ©2010
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Etsy’s new checkout is using Paypal Express which requires sellers to have a business account (or premier account).

Lots of folks who have been selling on Etsy have been accepting their payments through their personal Paypal accounts and are now receiving an email when they get a sale telling them they need to upgrade their PP account to a business account.

These aren’t spoof emails, it’s a requirement of Paypal Express Checkout. From their site, to sign up for Express Checkout:

“What do I need to do?”

“Create a Business account.
Takes 3-5 minutes. We’ll need details about your business, and the personal information of the business owner(s)….”

Source: Paypal Express Checkout

You can see here what the purpose of each account is on the Paypal account sign-up page:
Paypal Registration Page

(Since you were always supposed to have a business or premier account for selling, this isn’t really a new thing, just many folks are newly aware of it. 🙂 )

Go To Great Panes, Kathryn Maloney ©2010
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