Custom PayPal Purchase Form

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    Asked on January 10, 2014 at 04:39 PM

    I need a form template that allows my clients to purchase items (books). However, the name of the item (book) and the price cannot be pre-established on the form. The purchase form needs to allow the purchaser to fill in the name and amount on the form before submitting the form to the PayPal integration. Is there any such ability in any of your form programming?

    Thanks... Paul Christensen

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    Answered on January 10, 2014 at 05:11 PM

    Hi Paul,

    Unfoturnately no. JotForm's current paypal tools cannot be used in that way.

    But I also would like to get more details about your question, perhaps there is more way we can achieve  what you need after getting more details about it.

    First, may I inquire why would you rather allow the purchaser type the book names and price instead of pre-establishing them on the form using the items in Paypal field.

    And is the form embedded on a website? Can you share to us the URL of your website where we can see the form in used.

    Will await for your updates.


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    Answered on January 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Okay, here is the scenario. We have a collection of rare books we are selling. There are over 700 books. The list will be on line, from which collectors will choose. The list is too long to enter each item in a pre-designed form with a listed price. Not only is the list too long, but the price is negotiable. Here is how the process will work:

    The book list is published as a pdf on-line. Interested collectors download the list. If they wish to purchase a book, they call to discuss the purchase - which items they want and the price they are willing to pay. Once they decide, we want them to be able to use an on-line payment gateway. We need a form they can use which will interface with PayPal and work as follows - The form would allow them to enter the name of an item and the price of the item. The form would also allow them to add additional lines for additional items. The form would also enter a running total as the form is filled in (purhaps a calculate button?) BTW, the price the customer enters for each item would include shipping. (The book price and shipping is pre-negotiated)

    When the form is completed, the interface with PayPal would pick up the item names, amounts and total and process accordingly.

    I would think a form such as this one would come in handy for anyone who was selling custom items, like antiques, books or other rare items, where the cuntomer negotiates small exclusive purchases, but prefers an on-line payment interface for convenience.

    Although we maintain several sites, this new one is in the building stage. So the site is a working URL:

    The page on which we would place the form is

    You can see that we have managed to embed a simple PayPal pay link, which we can use if necessary. However, the PayPal code does not allow more than one item and total, nor does it allow a detailed description. We would prefer to customize and personalize the purchase process via JotForm.

    I hope I have explained our need in a clear fashion. Thank you for considering our request.

    Paul Christensen

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    Answered on January 13, 2014 at 01:18 PM

    Hello Paul, 

    Thank you for your detailed response. 

    We have submitted a feature request that would enable: 

    1. Addition/ reduction of items to be purchased by users

    2. User allowed selection of pricing to the items

    3. A total field showing the users how much they would need to pay

    2. A Paypal checkout system that would allow users to pay for the items they have added to the form. 

    We shall update this thread as soon as possible upon deliberation. 

    Thank you . 

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    Answered on January 13, 2014 at 03:20 PM

    An update on links:

    The page where the form would go. Now has the PayPal link:

    Thanks... Paul...