Sunday, February 26, 2006

using paypal mass payment

By Justin Silverton


Mass Payment allows anyone with a Premier or Business account to send multiple payments instantly—saving time, money and the hassle of having to individually send funds to every payment recipient.

Click the links on the left of this page to learn more about Mass Payment.

Mass Payment can be used for such things as:
  • Affiliate commissions
  • Customer rebates
  • Pay-to-surf rewards
  • Employee benefits
  • Lottery prizes
  • Survey incentives
File Format

You must create a tab-delimited file containing your recipients’ information to send a Mass Payment file. A tab-delimited file can be generated from most spreadsheet applications, such as Excel.

Column 1: recipients’ email addresses.
Column 2: the payment amounts for each recipient.
Column 3: the three-letter currency code for the currency of the payment (only one currency type is allowed for each Mass Payment file):

  • EUR for Euro
  • USD for U.S. Dollar
  • GBP for Pound Sterling
  • CAD for Canadian Dollar
  • JPY for Yen
  • AUD for Australian Dollar
Column 4 (optional): a unique identifier for each customer for easier overall record-keeping. The unique identifier must be equal to or less than 30 characters, and must not contain any spaces. Examples of name format: Pitel, John; John_Pitel; JohnPitel.

Column 5 (optional): customized notes about each customer.

How to export a table in comma delimited text format (using mysql):

Here is an example on how to export your mysql tables in the above format:

select field1,field2,'USD' from paypal_payments into outfile '$export_long_name' fields terminated by '\t' lines terminated by '\r\n'";

in mysql, when you are selecting data from a table, if you add a string in quotes 'string', it will add on that string in a separate column for each record returned.


  • Nice...

    It gives a basic idea of what you have to search for...but the infomation is not quite enough

    By Blogger rakesh, at 12:56 AM  

  • what other kind of info do you need? With regard to the paypal mass payment system, there isn't much more than what I have written.

    By Blogger justin silverton, at 11:50 PM  

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