Paypal Payment Standard doesn't require to be registered to paypal to perform payment.

However I've read on a blog that the second time you proceed, it recognize your credit card and ask you to register to paypal.

Could you give me a 100% sure answer about this ? I really cannot ask customers to create paypal accounts.


Update: I've found the following extract on a website:

Are PayPal accounts required in order to make a purchase or donation? Not any more. It was this way before but PayPal.com changed the policy. You may make ONE non-recurring transaction without opening a PayPal account however, PayPal creates a temporary PayPal account with credit card number used. If you use the same credit card again with so many months, PayPal will ask to open and verify an account.

I was wondering how often it should be a payment done to see paypal asking to make an account. For example, let's say that I'm performing the second payment after 2 weeks. Is it going to ask me for a paypal account ?


  • Two such unrelated questions should be raised separately!
    – Kris
    Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 9:12
  • done, I've created another question
    – aneuryzm
    Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 9:28

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Have you considered using Google Checkout? Like PayPal Payment Standard it does not require a monthly fee.

Google :

When you use Google Checkout to process your sales, you'll be charged rates as low as 1.9% + $0.30 per transaction, depending on your monthly sales volume. And there are no monthly, setup or gateway fees.

Although, I do think it makes you have an account, but so many people have a Google account anyway ...

  • I live in Europe, I've just found out Google Checkout is not available yet here. Paypal is perfect, if it doesn't ask my customer to login... I need to understand well how much time the credit card is temporarily stored after the first payment.
    – aneuryzm
    Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 12:25

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