How to add a PayPal button to your EBSQ Art Portfolio

by guest contributor Torrie Smiley

First, let me warn you~  I have had no formal computer training.   There is no computer lingo in the instructions and lots of pictures!

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Listing from EBSQart.com Gallery

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Upload/Edit Art Case

You can add a PayPal button through editing your item or when you initially add your item to your Art Case.

Fill in the appropriate information for your listing.  I like to include a brief description about the composition, the specifics regarding materials used, and the purchasing and shipping details.  I separate these paragraphs with the funny symbol

This tells the computer to insert a space between the paragraphs.  I also use the curly-cue at the upper left of the keyboard and stars to separate different sections of the listing.  If you notice at the end of the listing after the PayPal button, I have included an EBSQ counter so I can watch the views of the listing.

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Select the tab for Merchant Services

Under Create Buttons in the center left column, select/click Buy Now

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You are now ready to create your PayPal button!

Fill in Item name.  I enter the title of my painting and the size.  Just to the right, I enter the painting name in the Item ID box.

Now, fill in the Price for your item.

Continuing down the page……

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Next, enter your Shipping.  In my listings, I use a flat shipping fee that I enter by selecting Use Specific amount.

~~Don’t be frightened by the “pop-up” shipping information, just click it off if it does not apply to you~~~ (I always click it off)

You have now completed the basic information for a PayPal button and can select the Create Button.

(There are other options on this page that don’t pertain to me…but may to you; fill out these areas if you need them included with your PayPal information.)

Here is the “code” for your PayPal button:

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Select/Click on Select Code.  This will highlight all of the text in the box.  “Right click” your mouse to copy.

Now, go back to you listing in your EBSQart.com Art Case:

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Select the spot on your listing (artist statement for this piece) where you would like your PayPal button to be and “right click” and “Paste”

All done…..sort of…..

On my listings, I like everything separated out to make it easier to read on smaller computer screens.

The <p> is the symbol to add a space and I do this before I paste the PayPal code and at the end of the code to set the button apart with spaces.

Save your listing, and then check out your button on “View my Profile” public view. 

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To make sure everything works as expected, open the listing as if you were a buyer and click your new button. 

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If you were successful with your button creation, you should arrive at a log in screen to PayPal.com with your painting information at the top.

CONGRATULATIONS!

You can now sell your art directly from your gallery.  Pay attention to your emails from PayPal.  That is how you will know you have a sale!

One final note: once you DO make that sale, make sure to remove your button from your listing, or someone could try to buy the same item again!

Torrie Smiley

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Artist Taxes made simpler-eBay Sales Report

The following is a guest post from EBSQ Artist Shannon Fogl:

Tax time is upon us again. Time to get all your sales records together, collect invoices and calculate fees! However, if you’ve been using eBay this just got a lot easier.

EBay offers a free application you can add to your MyEbay section. Simply go to: http://pages.ebay.com/salesreports/welcome.htmland click on which application you’d prefer for ebay to show you your sales reports. Both are free and simple to use and print. I turn these sales records over directly to me CPA who loves how organized and convenient they are.

From the two applications available I find the PLUS version is better if you sell multiple items across multiple categories, or you are a power seller. If you sell solely in the art category, the original will have everything you need.

You will get an updated report every month with your sales and fees for eBay AND paypal listed in easy one page printable files. If you want to retrieve a whole years worth, they’re stored right on eBay whenever you need them. EBay will keep up to 3 years of records for you just in case.

Now you’ve downloaded this application, how do you retrieve it? Just simply togo your MyEbay page, and click on the My Account tab. A drop menu with come down with a list of subscriptions and applications available for buyers and sellers to use. The Sales Report Link for you will be toward the bottom of that menu. Once you click on the link it will take you directly to your own person sales report page. There you will find a second drop down link with summary reports for all the months you’ve been selling there. Just chose your date and it will generate you a sales report with all your actual sales amounts that month, fees to ebay you acquired, and costs to paypal. They even top it off with a nice chart of those sales and fees too!

I hope this has made tax time a little less stressful!

~Shannon Fogl~

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