My Quest to Link Store and Payment Gateway

Why is it that big a deal ? Does it really require a blog post on this topic ? Well in my excitement to launch my first pattern all excited – started working with a plan, i had the testers working on the pattern i had configured my ravelry store and i just had one step to complete – linking my paypal account on to my ravelry pro account!!!!

This one step derailed my launch plan by 3 weeks – for someone who detest randomness and chaos this was a dismay. I called, messaged several people and everyone had one or the other concern which caused a roadblock for linking their store and payment gateway but somehow managed to do it and didnt know how this happened. This quest for answer was getting more real to me and i spent days and nights on quora , reddit and u name it all the sites, including memorizing the FAQ’s of Pay pal and Community answers on ravelry. I even got my Techie husband to spend his Diwali vacation on finding a fix !

This message got me an answer which said – verify your ravelry accout . Thats it .. i was fast paced to do that , i went on to verify everything my paypal account , raverly and still unable to link my account

As expected i spent long hours messaging paypal customer care and tolerating the Chatbot ( unnerving isnt it ?). I called Divya from Stringtierey as my last resort also knew her kith and kin worked in Paypal. Divya kindly suggested some steps which I followed , she even followed up to understand if I found resolutions. Nothing .. i mean nothing worked !!! i even messaged her that ” i will dump ravelry and launch a store on my own website” and thats it !

Moments later i remembered the first advise from my dear friend – Vimala from Vivacrochet , “Dina was the last I know created the store and she had some trouble too eventually sorted it out .. call her !! ” I Messaged Dina Mam from Aara from dina late at night, she immediately called me back and suggested a step and guess what ….. it worked … it worked … !!!! i literally screamed with joy it worked even messaged divya, vimala, tester team whomever i could tell that it worked 🙂

For all of you who are guessing what let me pen it down step by step on what you need and what you dont need to link your account

  1. Creation of your Account on Pay Pal – You dont need a business account , and you can link with your personal account there are pros and cons for both these steps i have listed below
ProsCons
Business AccountSeveral types of business account and individual account doesnt require a GST submission
Lower Transaction fee for both business individual account and micro account
Business account on pay pal requires you to submit documents and get it verified by paypal team which can take upto 2 days if all the documents are verified at one go, else the cycle continues
Personal AccountHigher Transaction fee Doesn’t require any document submission and only mandatory step is to verify your email

2. Here is the magical step that is required to link the account ! which i overlooked for obvious reasons and i understand that most of them miss this and resolution is not documented ! Here is a screen shot of where you need to click .. 🙂 my destination was a click of a button away and it took me 3 weeks ! Now who on earth will click on return to ravelry when there is a message flashing ” you’re almost done” “complete the set up”

Landing page when linked with paypal and ravelry

Just to quench my quest i created a payhip account and linked with pay pal ! i was delighthed to have it done seamlessly – and see the landing page , atleast someone has it right ! It says ” Go Back to Payhip”

Landing page when linked with Payhip and paypal

The landing page is definitely misleading and i am not sure if its an issues with pay pal or ravelry .. but someones got to fix this mess !!

I can only thank this wonderful crochet community for extending their helping hand unconditionally !!!

What are the other issues and fixes you found ? Lets create a log for those who want to venture into pattern writing .. leave a comment below

  1. I love you it so much!!!! I’m gonna start making one and complete it in one go. 🙈