What Do 1ShoppingCart and Home Depot Have In Common? PayPal

by Tiffany Johnson

I’ve been using PayPal for years now. In working with different clients I’ve seen some who are super eager to use it and others who are hesitant or just don’t want to deal with it at all.

In the last few months there have been a couple changes with PayPal that may change your tune if you’re not so keen on PayPal.

Ever been to a store called Home Depot?

The other day I had to run a quick errand for our dance ministry at church. We needed some tee caps to hold banners for our ministry presentation. I have the pleasure of being the runner and raced to Home Depot to get the caps. I cannot tell you the last time I was in Home Depot. It’s one of those stores I go in and take a deep breath, look up as high as the ceiling, and pray a salesperson with a servant’s heart is available to assist me. I need a response that’s more than “It’s on aisle 6″, I need to be walked right up to the thing-a-mu-jig I’m looking for on aisle 6.

Thankfully, a saleslady was available who did just that. Success!

When I got to checkout I noticed after I’d given the cashier my money that right before my eyes on the swipe machine screen was a button that said “Purchase With PayPal.” I was completely shocked so I asked the cashier “You can pay with PayPal?” She said yes and immediately the wheels in my head started turning.

How cool is that to be able to walk into your local Home Depot and use your PayPal account to make a purchase? It makes you wonder how many other stores will test out PayPal for purchases. I’d love to be able to go into Ann Taylor Loft or Staples and punch in my cell phone number and PayPal pin to make a purchase.

Here’s how it works:


A while back I wrote a post Too Good To Be True: 1Shopping Cart and PayPal Collide. At that time we learned that recurring payments using PayPal as a merchant and 1ShoppingCart as the shopping cart system did not get along. 1ShoppingCart heard the shouts of the people because they have since updated and now you can setup products with recurring payments using PayPal as your merchant with 1ShoppingCart.

Woohoo! This is great news especially if you’re just getting started. Previously, if PayPal was your only merchant you had to apply for something like Authorize.net or use another shopping cart system for memberships like AMember.

This also meant that purchasers could only purchase using one method to cut down any confusion if you had a continuity or membership program.

Thank goodness those days are over and now you can use PayPal only or give your customers a choice of going through PayPal or a credit card only merchant.