PayPal – About payments

We accept CSSR Memberships three ways:

  1. Online on our Join Us page by credit card or PayPal account
  2. Mail a cheque to the address on our Join Us page
  3. Pay the treasurer in person at conferences (cash or cheque)

When paying online, you have two options:

  1. Pay with an existing PayPal account
  2. Pay with credit card without a PayPal account. You will be offered the option of signing up for a PayPal account.

If you are having difficulty accessing the Credit Card option without a PayPal account, please read the following information adapted from this 2014 article on the PayPal help forum.

  • PayPal uses cookies to track your prior purchases.  If this is your second or third visit to PayPal and your previous cookie has not expired, PayPal now views you as a returning customer.   You will get a screen with a small link to the Credit Card Option.   Although this is not as obvious to you as the customer, the Credit Card Option is still available. If it is not available, go to your browser’s settings and delete the PayPal cookie (or all your cookies).
  • PayPal accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express debit and credit cards.  Card types that are currently not compatible with PayPal Merchant Services are:  1. Procurement and private label credit cards (such as a department store credit card).  2. Debit cards requiring a numeric password and pin-pad for entry.
  • The option may be unavailable in the country you reside in.   Not all countries have all PayPal features available.
  • After you pay 3 to 4 times using the same credit card, PayPal may interrupt the transactions and require you to open a PayPal Account, or ask you to use a totally different credit card.  Although your credit card is good, you will be unable to complete the transaction until you either open a PayPal Account or use another credit card.PayPal’s mission is to sign up new business or accounts. Tracking the number of times a credit card is used is one method designed to help accomplish that goal.  Opening a PayPal Account may be OK with you, or you may be able to use a different card.

    To completely prevent this problem from occurring, CSSR would have to pay for a PRO account with PayPal, which would entail monthly fees and additional technical requirements.

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