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I am working on a classifieds site where people post their product to sell.

At the moment, all the purchases being credited into site administrator PayPal account, and site administrator then manually transfers 95% of the money back to author's account. Is it possible to automate this process? And allow site user "authors" to use their personal Paypal account?

I want the automated payment process in the way that for every purchase from site 5 percent of total pay go to site administrator and the rest to authors PayPal account.

  • even on a good day this site is not a support channel for paypal, and neither for WC – Mark Kaplun Feb 22 '17 at 19:21
  • @MarkKaplun, My question is related to Wordpress and Wordpress commerce! and implementation of a payment system to a Wordpress site. And therefore I addressed the concern in WordPress StackExchange. – Yama Feb 23 '17 at 15:28
  • please read the description of the woocommerce tag – Mark Kaplun Feb 23 '17 at 16:06
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PayPal offer two ways of doing this:

Parallel Payments

This allows you to essentially conduct 2 transactions (each with their own line item) in one go.

The end-user adds their information to your cart, and get's forwarded to the PayPal Gateway. They see 2 distinct line items:

  • Your vendors product info @ 95% of the total
  • Your fee @ 5% of the total

This is super-easy to set up. All you'd need to do is store the vendors PayPal information in an additional user_meta field, and drag it out before sending the end-user to PayPal.

The two line items, however, can be a bit daunting for less-savvy end-users; and may result in a reduced completion rate.

Chained Payments

This allows you to take a single payment from the end-user. PayPal then processes the payment, and automatically forwards the specified percentage (or fixed dollar amount) to your vendor.

This is better for the end-user experience, but is a challenge to set up.

Check out PayPal's Adaptive Payments API for info on how to implement.


Edit: Sorry - I missed the WooCommerce tag on your post...

IgniteWoo have already created a plugin that might do the job: WooCommerce Vendor Stores

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