You’d like to get rid of those event T-shirts by selling them online. You have about 200 of them left and are pretty sure there’s some interest to buy. This is small potatoes for a full-on store. I’ve got an idea: Use a PayPal link on a post.
Can using PayPal and a post be as easy as it sounds?
If you don’t have a business account, sign up for a free and simple PayPal Merchant Account.
Next: PayPal Buy Buttons!
Now, set up your “Buy” buttons on PayPal. Under Merchant Services there is a “choose your button” option with examples. Click on one.
The set up is not too tough (or you could have me do it), with options for size and color, shipping, and tax, too. Completing these selections, you are presented with a box of code. Copy and paste this huge block of code that PayPal generates into a text application (NOT MS Word) and save for the next step.
Let’s Start on our “T-Shirt Sales” Post
Back at your WordPress website, find or create a page or post for your “Buy a T-shirt” “store.” Keep in mind that a post shows up on your blog list and will be at the top of the list only until you write another post. A page will not appear until you add it to your menu, but once there, it stays until you take it down.
On your new page/post make a sales pitch, add photos of the T-shirt in each color, and tell names of the colors and sizes. Paste in the saved code (in HTML mode) at the end of your description. Update or publish the page/post. That’s it!
Does Setting Up a Simple “Store” Really Work This Easily?
Why don’t you check it out? In Preview mode, click the Buy button and it links to your new PayPal shopping cart with your T-Shirt selection inside. Buyers then login to PayPal or type in their info, credit card, and buy. PayPal sends you an email notifying you that you have a sale.
There you go! T-shirt is sold.
Some Final Thoughts…
Did you plan to ship? Did you fill in the shipping info on the button choices? If you filled it in, shipping is part of that big list of code. Don’t forget to remove this page/post when the T-shirts are gone.
Pretty easy for a store, right? I estimate about 1 to 2 hours including the photos and button links and testing. Or, I could do it for you. I obviously have some experience.
If you get stuck, or if you need me to set up this “sudden store,” just use our Contact Us form.
What other simple shopping carts have you seen/used that would work in this situation? Let me know what you’ve found in the comments, plus how “sudden selling” works for you.