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PayPal X Dev Con spawns Facebook shopping mall

By Chris Dawson November 4, 2009 - 11:34 am

PayPalXThe PayPal X developers conference opened yesterday for developers where they unveiled their new API enabling developers for the first time not to just link to PayPal to handle payments, but to actually build new applications with PayPal embedded within them. Developers can even allow users to sign up for a PayPal account without even visiting the PayPal website to do this.

I’ve been reading the press releases and the (quite frankly boring unless you’re a geek) technical information, but I wanted to bring a flavour of what the new PayPal platform can offer so will cut straight to one application of interest to online businesses which was announced yesterday.

Payvment

For the first time anyone can open up a webstore on Facebook. Payvment enables you to create a store, load it with products, accept payments. If you have already created a page on Facebook for your business you’ll now be able to create a shopping cart so that customers can actually buy from you.

It’s more than just a static webstore though, customers can add purchases from multiple merchants and if they’re buying one item from you they can add items from other retailers to the same shopping cart. By enabling search across the whole of Facebook they’ve created a global selling platform that every retailer can add inventory to.

Ultimately Payvment are turning Facebook into an online shopping mall with multiple retailers but the benefit of a single shopping cart. That’s something that eBay need to sit up and take note of – the ability to add and remove items to a shopping cart from multiple merchants and then make a single payment via PayPal is what eBay has lacked for years. Now it’s available on Facebook which isn’t even known as a destination site for ecommerce.

There are a ton of other PayPal X applications either announced for release yesterday, or that will soon be released. If you’re a developer please do add a quick two line synopsis of your product in comments below and a link to where readers can find more about it. PayPal X is only of interest to our readers if it’s a practical useful application – so what will your PayPal X application do for us?

  • Leo
    10 years ago

    Will a merchant user be able to have the same store over several facebook id accounts or will you have pay for a separate store for each id?

    • 10 years ago

      Good question and haven’t a clue about same store for multiple IDs. Let us know when you find out…

      As far as costs go Payvment have this to say in their FAQs:

      What does it cost to use the shopping cart web service?
      It’s free. Payvment does not charge anything nor do we take any cut of your sales revenue.

      Wha..? Free? What’s the catch?
      No catch. It’s free. We like money just like everyone else but right now we are more concerned with building great technology to make your life easier. If you are dying to give your money to someone, there are some great charities out there.

    • Linda
      10 years ago

      I rather like Payvment’s idea of providing a shopping cart as a web service allowing buyers to roam from site to site with a single cart.

      From their site
      “Then it dawned on us that if a shopping cart was turned into a web service, that would mean it could roam the entire internet free! People can add items to their cart from one place and checkout those items even if they were no longer on the site. ..or it’s even possible to have a single cart with items picked up from multiple retailers. It would have no borders!”

    • Leo
      10 years ago

      It sounds like a good idea as long as it works and people trust it

  • 10 years ago

    Great – just what we need. Another channel to sell on. 🙄

    As if eBay, Amazon Marketplace and our own website wasn’t enough administration!

    • 10 years ago

      Facebook connect would allow someone to add items to your website shopping cart and they’d appear in their cart on Facebook next time they logged in and vice versa. It’s actually really really cool.

    • 10 years ago

      Actually – that’s quite nifty, I admit… Might warrant some more investigation once the Christmas rush is over… Thanks Chris!

    • 10 years ago

      Simon, it’s not compulsory 😆

  • Hereford United Fan
    10 years ago

    Looks exciting although managing inventory will become more complicated.

    How much will it cost to sell on facebook?

    I am also a bit confused. Who will handle the transaction? Is this part of paypal or is payvment a different company?

    Will I get seller protection like on paypal?

    • Leo
      10 years ago

      According to payvment’s websites its currently free. I guess the actual payment part is handled by Paypal but the shopping cart, which can be utilised anywhere you can insert the code, is run by payvment or maybe they piggyback on the Paypal platform and Paypal holds all the data.

      The trust part comes from the fact that the actual payment process runs through Paypal website I guess.

      The best way to find out is to try it.

  • Hereford United Fan
    10 years ago

    But how much will facebook charge?

    • 10 years ago

      Same as they currently charge you, zilch, nada, nothing, £0.00 per month, $0.00 per year 😛

    • Hereford United Fan
      10 years ago

      That seems quite good value. This could be a serious competitor to ebay.

  • northumbrian
    10 years ago

    looks as if paypal has joined RBS 😀

    The Scottish national flag is a white-on-blue saltire (i.e. a diagonal cross on a coloured background) and it derives from the shape of the cross on which Scotland’s patron saint, St Andrew, was crucified.

  • Bigpoppa
    10 years ago

    Big problem with this. To use it you have to have Facebook Connect installed into your website, not so bad except that the file that needs to be uploaded is called “xd_receiver.htm”.

    It’s quite common that most servers cannot use files with an underscore in them, because the server changes the underscore into a forward slash “/, which is a new directory?!?

    It simply won’t work with many server setups. If they can fix this issue then the potential is huge.

  • 10 years ago
    • Hereford United Fan
      10 years ago

      Have you sold anything yet?

      Cheers

  • 10 years ago

    no, it is like 2 days online and there are still a few items there.
    Also it has to be made public by paying for ads on facebook like google adwords.

    I linked the fan site, that comes with the storefront, to my shopify store.

    Time will show but it is always a question of how much time you will spent in it.

  • Hereford United Fan
    10 years ago

    Hi

    Can you explain how much it costs. I thought it would be a good idea to drive traffic there from ebay and then offer a slightly cheaper price.

    • 10 years ago

      IT’S FREE

      Honestly it’s Free! Free! Free! 😆

    • Lino
      10 years ago

      Probably not for long. Didn’t eBay used to be free? 😉

    • 10 years ago

      I personally am surprised that Facebook are not charging from the start. I am sure once they build up a credible community of sellers they will start to extract money from us?!

      I don’t mind paying, if they bring the buyers…just like I dont mind paying ebay, as the buyers are there. What pisses me off is sites like eBid who have little buyer activity, but they use a strategy of charging £50 for lifetime membership and give you a crappy t-shirt …to me this is £50 for a t-shirt and the hope of selling one item in 5 years!

    • 10 years ago

      I think you mentioned it was free on many posts!! I wish people would read posts!!

      When you say free – do you mean £0 lol 😉

  • 10 years ago

    I’ve just installed it on my business Facebook page too and it is indeed easy peasy – it looks as if it will be easy to add products too 😀

    I think I am going to hold off on actually adding any products though until I can price them in £ rather than $ – hopefully not too far away as they say in their FAQ that “We will be rolling out support for other currencies very soon” 🙂

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