Using Paypal’s Cool Free Tool

by Lynda Carson.
(Spring Valley, California USA)

I’ve had a Paypal account for a while now…using it to make purchases and also to sell jewelry from my Etsy shop.

LCarson: PayPal's Cool Free Tool

When I’d receive inquiries on my blog about purchasing a piece, I’d always thought I’d first need to create and pay for a reserved listing on Etsy, so that the customer could complete the purchase through Paypal.

A very kind and more knowledgeable blog reader let me know that this is NOT the case.

I can create a Paypal invoice myself and send via email to the customer. They do not even need a Paypal account to remit payment. Say what ???

Well, I did a little research on this through the ‘tool’ menu and have to say it was so easy to create a personalized invoice template.

(You can also reach the invoice creation tool from the Send & Request page.)


Photo logo, contact info, thank you note, and return policy. I just completed my first one today. You can even create and save custom templates for future invoices.

Paypal notified me right away as soon as the payment was received and I sent off the jewelry to its new owner.

I’ve been very disappointed with the Etsy experience, probably because I never put to much effort into it and there is just so much competition in that arena. So, I’ve put it on temporary vacation, maybe permanently.

Now, I’m in the process of putting the word out to a wider audience that this convenient service for both the seller and the buyer is available. Selling from my blog or Facebook just became easier!

If any of you have experiences to share regarding this Paypal tool, I’d love to hear it!

Lynda Carson
Fresh Baked Designs

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  1. Hope this info helps others out there who are either frustrated with the whole on-line selling thing or don’t know where to start. And thanks so much for your helpful addition on the Paypal image. Lovely!

  2. Thank you for the information Lynda. I do a lot of custom orders and have been sending invoices via PayPal for a while but I’ve never customized any. I didn’t even think of it. Thanks for letting us know about that feature. I’ve never had a negative experience with selling on Artfire but the new changes in their look has me thinking of closing that shop. You’ve got me thinking of other options 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing this great tip, Lynda! It can be really helpful to have a variety of ways to conduct a jewelry transaction, to suit different situations.

    I agree, the ability to customize the Paypal invoice with your brand is a cool feature – it strengthens the customer’s trust when they see your logo, etc. on your invoice.

  4. Thank you so much for this very valuable information! I, too, was really not crazy about ETSY. It’s a completely overloaded site.
    I’m going to make changes to my current wordpress site and begin to sell from there.

  5. Thanks for the information re PayPal. It’s great to have another online tool to process potential sales. I went on to check out your blog, Lynda, and I was excited to see how you set up a website using Square! I have an etsy shop which has been sadly neglected. You have motivated me to spend more time on my internet options! It’s sometimes hard to find time to make jewelry, and even harder to do everything else related to marketing it! My admiration goes out to you for your jewelry and Blog and also to Rena for all of the above and her amazing and always informative newsletters! Thank you!

  6. Makes me happy to see that this info is helpful to others and their business opportunities. Best wishes for a great future!

  7. What a neat alternative to know about, Lynda. Thank you!

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