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PayPal Website Payments Standard cart question

Posted on 2011-03-04
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No one in the PayPal community seems to have an answer to this, so I'm hoping e-e may come through for me,,, In  PayPal's Website Payments Standard "Add to Cart" button creation form, there doesn't appear to be any way for the user to choose a quantity; the shopper can only add the item and THEN change the quantity, which isn't at all intuitive.
 
The obvious workaround is to add a drop-down with price/options (1 acme widget - $1, 2 acme widgets - $2, 3 acme widgets - $3, etc) -- but this is so clunky that it's not much of a substitute. And it means that if the shopper chooses anything other than 1 widget, they will only be able to change quantities in the cart in MULTIPLES of the number they chose originally.
 
Surely there's another way to do this? Points for urgency and apparent difficulty. Fingers crossed! Thanks folks.
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Okay, I just spoke with PayPal support (after a 25-minute wait, and going through the basic customer service to get to the technical support folks).

Apparently this is impossible without using a third-party cart.

Which is ridiculous. If the customer can change the quantity AFTER going to the cart summary page, AND you can pass variables such as size, color, short- or long-sleeve etc (through a drop-down), AND make other calculations based on those choices, WHY OH WHY can't you choose and pass a quantity directly?

But for now, that's the answer. Sorry to take up anyone's time, but now anyone searching here will know the truth, even if it's not pretty. Thanks anyhow.
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Sorry about this -- self-answered. I do think that it should remain in the general knowledge base, since others may have the same question, otherwise I would have deleted it. Thanks again.
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