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« on: November 23, 2004 09:14:08 PM »

Hey I have a question. I just signed up for pay pal and I am setting up my shopping cart. How do you make it so that only one person can buy a certain item. So... like how do you make it so that a certain item can only be sold once. Thanks for your help. - Dylan
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2004 10:07:25 AM »

make sure to give each item it's own item number when making your buttons. this is supposed to prevent people from being able to buy sold items or multiple items. it's what i do, and i haven't had any problems yet. also, if you use the paypal wizard in golive, there is a checkbox which asks if you want to allow more than one of an item to be sold.
i honestly don't know that this works, i've never asked if anyone has tried to buy more than one of my items.
i just try to keep up with my sold items and i remove the paypal buttons as soon as possible.

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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2004 06:37:34 AM »

thanks! i have been wondering about that too!!

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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2006 02:50:01 PM »

Is there a feature in PayPal that will remove the add to cart button and mark and item as sold once it has been bought? This is because all my items will be unique and so if two people pay for the same item I will have trouble on my hands.
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2006 12:54:17 PM »

In short answer -- no.
The only way to get Paypal to do something like this is to put everything in a database and use extensive backend scripting to have it remove items that have "0" on hand. I design websites for a living and I even gave up trying to get this to work.

The basic thing you'll need to convince yourself is that the chances of enough people coming to your site in such a short period of time to buy the same item before you have a chance to remove it is extremely slim for now. If it does happen, most people buying diy products will understand. It's simple to refund money with Paypal and then you just send a nicely worded email to the later buyer and they should understand.

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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2006 02:57:31 PM »

Ditto to the above.  It took me forever to get a response from them but that is just what it is.  I would think they would offer that feature since so many people use their service so maybe in the future.  I think Purdy is correct in saying it is slim to none when you are first starting that this will happen so until you can get another service working for you with Paypal, do what you do now and take the chance that people will understand.  Good luck!

« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2006 11:23:41 AM »

I want to build a site for my jewelry, using paypal as a payment source.
BUT, most of my stuff is one-of-a-kind, and I need it to disappear off my site when it is purchased (so it isn't still up for sale), which paypal's cart won't do (I have to pull it off manually, which I can do, but I am worried about time overlap--if person A buys something, then person B buys the same thing before I have had time to pull it).
I don't really want to screw with a big ecom package like zencart or oscommerce for just that inventory control functionality if I don't have to. Does anyone here know of or use any smaller, easier shopping carts or programs I can implement and intergrate with my site and paypal that would do that for me?

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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2006 12:41:10 PM »

You could look into Yahoo Business? They have the ability to setup ecommerce for your shop... You'd have to have some sort of merchant account with your bank though with all kinds of IDs hooked into it that Yahoo could verify though.

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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2008 08:47:04 PM »

I want to sell items on my website but I was wondering if any of you use paypal and can tell me how it works once something is purchased.  I know they are transfered to a paypal site to do the payment but what happens to the item posted on your website?  Do you have an option for it to say "sold" automatically?  Or does it stay on the site with the price until you manually take it off or enter "sold".  I'm asking mostly about one of a kind items because I'd hate to sell something but it appears as it is still for sale and some one else 'buys' it but it has already been sold.  I hope this scenario makes sense.  Any wisdom on this concern would be great! 

« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2008 06:18:01 AM »

I think it really depends not just on paypal but your checkout system as a whole. I had a website that would so Sold automatically, and one that would not. It was years ago so I can't remember the difference, I think one had ecart or something???

Hopefully someone else can tell you more.

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