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How PayPal Works on Etsy

Many Etsy sellers accept PayPal as a payment method.

PayPal is an online payment processing company widely used on the Internet to facilitate sales transactions, including credit card payments. Sellers don't see buyers' credit card numbers or other financial information.

If you're having an issue that is specific to PayPal, check out their Help Center.


Sellers in countries that are eligible for Etsy Payments can use Etsy Payments with Integrated PayPal. With this option, if a buyer pays with PayPal, the funds are sent to your payment account. From there, the payment will be deposited into your bank account.

For sellers in countries that are not eligible for Etsy Payments, you’re welcome to use your own PayPal account to accept payments. Funds from PayPal sales will be deposited into your PayPal account.

Learn more about selecting your preferred payment methods.

How does a buyer pay via PayPal?

Generally, a buyer needs a PayPal account to pay via PayPal, but they may be able to pay using a card through PayPal without having a PayPal account.

1.) The buyer selects PayPal as the payment method during checkout. The buyer is then directed to PayPal to complete the payment process.

2.) After submitting payment through PayPal, the buyer is directed back to a confirmation page on Etsy. Etsy and PayPal will send the buyer and seller an email receipt.

3.) Depending on which method of PayPal the seller uses, the funds will either be deposited in their payment account on Etsy or their own PayPal account.

If you’re buying from a seller that accepts PayPal and Etsy Payments, you can purchase from up to 10 shops in a single transaction. Learn more about multi-shop checkout on Etsy.

Etsy is not affiliated with PayPal.

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