Paypal Changes You Want to Know About

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There seems to be a bit of panic and chaos online about changes Paypal is making – including raising processing fees. Today, I’m breaking down what you actually need to know.

Important Notes About Paypal Changes Effective March 29, 2017

  • Non-Discouragement Clause – Paypal is adding a clause that basically says that you, as a seller, cannot try to encourage your customers to use a method other than Paypal. If offering another form of payment, along with Paypal – you must treat them equally. For example, this means that you cannot say, “I accept Paypal but if you don’t like Paypal, I can also take a payment through Stripe.”
  • Fee Increases – Paypal is raising fees. HOWEVER – these changes only apply to sellers selling to non-US customers and International transactions.
    • Currency conversion spread: Currently 2.5%, New rate 3.0%.
    • Standard online transaction fee from non-US buyers: Currently 3.9%, New rate 4.4%.
    • Standard in store transaction fee from non-US buyers: Currently 3.7%, New rate 4.2%.
    • Restructure of non-profit fees from buyers outside the US.
  • Purchase Protection Changes – Purchase protection has been expanded. These items are no longer eligible for purchase protection: financial products or investments, donations, payments sent via “Friends and Family”, Payments sent through MassPay, Paypal Payouts, or guest checkout.

In a nutshell, these are the changes that may affect Silhouette and Cricut small business owners. If you do not process a lot of non-US transactions, you will be unaffected by the changes.

Read the update from Paypal here.

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  1. That was the most, “to the point” post to get much needed information in the shortest period of time! Thank you so much for narrowing it down to what we really need to know! Much appreciated!

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