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PayPal Recurring payment with inital discount period

Posted on 2013-06-27
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We are having trouble modifying our PayPal recurring payments. We have monthly fee working well, but we would like to offer a promotion where for first six months user will pay $10 each month and from 7th month onward it will be $15 per month.

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If user subscribes today then we should be paid in following manner.

27/06/2013 – $10
27/07/2013 – $10
27/08/2013 – $10
27/09/2013 – $10
27/10/2013 – $10
27/11/2013 – $10
27/12/2013 – $15
27/01/2014 – $15

The subscription amount should be changed (i.e. from $10 to $15) without any user intervention.

Any help would be appreciated :)
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Question by:Impressionist
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Andrew Angell earned 500 total points
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I'm going to assume you're working with CreateRecurringPaymentsProfile..??

What you want to do to accomplish this is include a trial period with your profile.  The trial period will be 6 months at $10/each, and then the regular amount and billing info will be for the $15/each at however long you want it to run.

For example, to accomplish what you've outlined the API request would need to include...

TRIALBILLINGPERIOD=Month
TRIALBILLINGFREQUENCY=1
TRIALAMT=10.00
TRIALTOTALBILLINGCYCLES=6
BILLINGPERIOD=Month
BILLINGFREQUENCY=1
AMT=15.00
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by:Impressionist
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Thankyou for that information. Yes, we are working with CreateRecurringPaymentsProfile, we asked PayPal and they said that if we use the trial period the user would be charged the for the whole period upfront ie in my example $60 upfront and then at 7 months the regular $15 would start.
I obviously got the wrong support person!
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by:Andrew Angell
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They were referring to the INITAMT option, which allows you to charge a single amount upon profile creation, but that payment is actually separate from the profile.  It's like a setup fee or something like that.  

You could create a profile that includes an initial amount, a trial period, and a regular period.

You can get more details about all the parameters available with CreateRecurringPaymentsProfile here:  https://developer.paypal.com/webapps/developer/docs/classic/api/merchant/CreateRecurringPaymentsProfile_API_Operation_NVP/
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by:Impressionist
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Thanks for the help. Do you know about how to suspend a recurring payment? Is this possible? We also want to reward users with free months from time to time. I can post another Q for more points if you can help :)
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