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Paying with PayPal on Facebook at a Garage Sale Is Now Possible


PayPal LogoSellers can send PayPal invoices via Facebook, opening up new possibilities for getting paid quickly online or in person – even at a yard sale, PayPal announced on Tuesday.

Sellers can send invoices to customers while chatting with them on Facebook Messenger – complete with price and image – so buyers can act immediately, “allowing the entire transaction to occur within the conversation,” PayPal explained.

“Whether the transaction is agreed upon at a garage sale, or any other environment, sellers can use the invoicing chat extension to quickly, securely and easily receive payment.”

Announcement follows:

Today, we’re announcing a chat extension that enables invoicing within Facebook Messenger. The new extension will allow transactions that occur over Messenger to leverage the power and secure transactions that PayPal customers expect.

The PayPal chat extension for invoicing allows sellers to create and send a PayPal Invoice directly within a Messenger conversation – complete with price and image – for the buyer to act on immediately; allowing the entire transaction to occur within the conversation. Whether the transaction is agreed upon at a garage sale, or any other environment, sellers can use the invoicing chat extension to quickly, securely and easily receive payment.

Commerce is continuously expanding into new contexts. With the explosion of mobile apps, new commerce opportunities have been created and consumers are looking to make purchases in-context, without leaving those applications. PayPal is focused on helping merchants and consumers connect across a range of contexts including these new, emerging arenas.

We already enable many of these experiences, like person-to-person commerce within Messenger. This use of Messenger is just the latest example of how we are exploring and enabling commerce in new contexts – building on the existing work we’ve done to help consumers and businesses use the PayPal platform to send and receive payments through other Facebook experiences.

To use PayPal’s invoicing extension, a user simply needs to open the extension tray, select PayPal and create the invoice with some simple details – item name, description, price, and quantity – before sending it off to the buyer. From there, the buyer presses “Pay with PayPal” and can complete the transaction seamlessly with PayPal One Touch.

We will continue partnering across the ecosystem to help simplify payment experiences and create seamless connections between consumers and merchants wherever commerce might be occurring.

SOURCE: PayPal Announcement

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.