PayPal-enabled Commerce Starter Kit v2 Beta

The much anticipated Beta 2 of the PayPal-enabled Commerce Starter Kit is about to launch. Just in time for the eBay/PayPal Developer Conference on June 10th in Las Vegas. Version 2 has many new selling features as well as some extensibility for providers such as State Sales Tax and Customer Address Verification.


PayPal Web Controls for ASP.NET: Part 2

Paul Kimmel finished his two-part DevSource article by explaining how to use the PayPal Web Controls for ASP.NET to create a Storefront. The first article gives a great Intro to the PayPal Developer Sandbox.

Indexed by Google Print

While doing a Google search for ‘PayPal Hacks’, I found that the book has been indexed by the Google Print service. So now anyone can search some of the text of PayPal Hacks online.

For example, doing a search for “will you marry me” returns the page in the Acknowledgements section where I proposed to my fiance! You can try it here yourself, here … Search PayPal Hacks. eCommerce Workshop & Panel

I’ll be on a panel tonite where I’ll give away two copies of PayPal Hacks. On the panel will be Jim Lanzone – SVP of Ask Jeeves, Maheesh Jain – Co-Founder of CafePress, Janine Popick – CEO of Vertical Response, Fran Maier – Executive Director of TRUSTe and moderators Andreas Ramos & Nick Hurd. If you’re in the East Bay, come on by and perhaps you’ll get a free copy.

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Chat Interview with Wholesale411

Today I gave a online chat interview, with Neon and other users from There were lots of good seller-oriented questions. It seems there is uncertainty about the difference between a PayPal Business account and a traditional payment processor Merchant Account. I tried to answer them but would like to clarify further here.

Basically with a PayPal Business account can do most everything you can with a traditional merchant account, but you don’t have to pay setup or monthly fees as you would a traditional merchant account. And PayPal hosts everything so you can accept payments right away. Unfortunately, a PayPal Business account is not recognized as a valid merchant account by other payment gateways, but more and more ecommerce stores (like Kurant, StoreFront, Miva and other ecommerce shopping carts are PayPal-enabled.

Radio Interview with wsRadio

Today I was interviewed by Paul and Sarah Edwards of The Entrepreneur Magazine Home Based Biz Show. Click here to listen:

PayPal Web Controls for ASP.NET

Paul Kimmel of Software Conceptions writes a detailed two-part DevSource article explaining how to use the PayPal Web Controls for ASP.NET. You can also find it here: Looksmart