9 Tools PayPal Users Should Know About

Aibek Esengulov 29-02-2008

Paypal Tools PayPal is by far the most popular payment method on the internet (over 155 mil. accounts) and used by over 100.000 online merchants, according to PayPal. So if you haven’t registered yet, IT’S TIME. Below I listed some services to add to your PayPal experience.


PayPal Plugin (US only) – The ultimate protection for your PayPal account. And here is how it works: when you want to purchase something and are asked to fill-in credit card details, instead of giving your real card details, you can use the plugin to generate a secure single-use MasterCard number that debits from your PayPal account. And since the card is valid for only one purchase your info always remains secure.

PayPal Mobile (US, UK only) – Check your account balance, send money, request money, pay for eBay auctions and contact Paypal support team directly from your mobile phone. All the above features can be used in several ways, via mobile website (, using text messaging or through automated phone support.

Access Paypal from Mobile

Paypal Debit Card [Link no longer available] – The fastest way to get money out of your PayPal account. You can use it pretty much anywhere where MasterCard is accepted (ATMs, Restaurants, Gas stations etc.).


  • Have US PayPal Business or Premier account.
  • Must be PayPal member for at least 60 days.
  • Is a verified PayPal member
  • Be active PayPal member with account in good standing.

PayPal Facebook App – There are two things you can do with this app. (1) It offers a simple way for other to pay you back. (2) You can also use to raise funds from friends for all kind of events such as parties, birthday gifts etc.

Paypal- Facebook App

PPcalc – Having trouble figuring out Paypal fees? This online PayPal fee calculator lets you quickly calculate how much you need to charge to get the amount you’re looking for. Similarly you can also use it to calculate how much you will be charged for an incoming payment.

PPCalc - Online PayPal Fee Calculator


FatFreeCart – Free shopping cart for your website. It’s very simple to implement (simply copy-paste) and supports both PayPal and Google Checkout. No registration required, simply fill in the details and let FatFreeCart generate the code. Copy and paste the code onto your website and you got your own shopping cart. Actually, PayPal has its own cart creator but unlike FatFreeCart it doesn’t work with Google Checkout and is available to only Prremier and Business accounts.

PPCalc - Online PayPal Fee Calculator

Send Money to Skype contacts – In case you don’t know, now Skype allows you to send funds to your contacts.

Send Money to Your Skype Contacts


Paypal Payment Request for Outlook – Using this Outlook addon you can request money from anyone with an email address. In particular, it lets you add Pay Now, Buy Now, Donate, Subscribe and Tip Jar buttons to your emails.

PayPalSucks – So far it’s been all good, but what about the negative sides of PayPal. PayPal Sucks is all about that. Here you can post and discuss your PayPal compaints (i.e. frozen accounts), see complaints from others, read about fraud stories, lawsuits, and pretty much everything that is wrong with PayPal.

PayPal complaints

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  1. Auction Essistance
    December 28, 2014 at 2:04 am

    The Paypal plugin seemed like a godsend when your account was limited. Sadly, I think as soon as Paypal knew that, they pulled the plug on that.

  2. Nirav Mehta
    February 2, 2010 at 10:40 am

    If you actively use Paypal (either to buy or sell), you would like to monitor your account balance. (as a web entrepreneur, I am always eager to find out how much sales happened today!)

    I did not find a reliable tool that did this, so built one!

    Putler shows your Paypal balance on your desktop, notifies you of balance updates, lets you set a target, shows today's transactions and tells you how well are you doing against the target. It's a simple and effective tool to monitor your Paypal account right from your computer.

    I think you will find it useful!


  3. Bruce
    August 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    We created an Office Supplies Price Comparison Tool. Simply enter up to 10 Office Depot or Office Max internal or OEM number, click submit, a few seconds later you will see all of their prices they sell for products for online. Now you don't have to go to their site and enter in one part number at a time. This tool will cut your time in researching the competition 10 fold...

    Along with some of our free tools for resellers - Google CheckOut Fee Calculator | PayPal fee Calculator

  4. Sandeep Babber
    May 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I hate Paypal. I am facing a lot of problems in verifying my code. 2.sum$ already debited from my account.

  5. William
    November 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Yep, Stay clear of Paypal... I got screwed two times in a row for a total of $700.00. Each time a victim of fraud. All paypal would do to investigate was to send the seller a form letter. What a joke. If they wouldn't answer my phone calls and emails. I can't imagine them responding to a Paypal form letter. Paypal flys by its own rules, which is extremely disturbing. They at the very least need to be Regulated by the government to assure people are treated fairly.

    November 14, 2008 at 8:59 pm could be a top tool for those users of PayPal who need to issue a lot of refunds. ie. MassRefunds.

    As anyone who has used PayPal, searching for transactions on PayPal is slow. Even slower is the amount of time and clicks it takes to issue a refund. If you put those two together for some one who issues several refunds then its a nightmare

    Try You can issue multiple refunds (full and partial) search transactions and issue refunds

  7. Joe Li
    June 2, 2008 at 1:32 am

    Paypal is good and can be trusted. Take for example, they use Paypal to assure clients' financial safty and easy pay.

  8. Internet Man
    March 4, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    I think the PayPal Plugin is an important one. Amid rising concerns over security and the latest news about security issues with Safari and eBay.

  9. augustine
    March 3, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    the biggest problem with paypal is GREGGY

    • Aibek
      March 5, 2008 at 10:19 am

      GREGGY ?

  10. Shane
    March 2, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    An alternative to Paypal is I hadn't heard of it until recently myself, but my employer is planning on integrating with Moneybookers before Paypal.

    • Aibek
      March 5, 2008 at 10:18 am

      I have MoneyBookers account as well. Although it does seem to offer better rates it's not very popular.

  11. Linda Martin-Peoples
    March 2, 2008 at 6:02 am

    Love 'em or hate 'em....
    they're no doubt here to stay...
    and a necessary evil at this point in time.
    If you want to do business on the internet,
    you've just about got to have some kind of payment processor,
    and PayPal is the undisputed "Queen".

    Regardless...fabulous article!
    Much thanks for the info!

  12. Sadder But Wiser
    February 29, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Run, don't walk as quickly as you can from PayPal. They are nothing less than crooks who have stolen millions from innocent people. Give your money to them and you might as well kiss it goodbye. They do things that your local banker would be arrested for and get away with it because they are NOT a bank and have to follow no rules, laws, or guidelines save their own. Absolute criminals.

    • Brainiac
      March 1, 2008 at 6:32 pm

      I don't like PayPal either, but unfortunately it got so popular that I simply have no choice but use it.

      • Aibek
        March 1, 2008 at 7:44 pm

        Same here

      • mark
        March 11, 2008 at 12:16 am

        Yeah, that's the trap that people can't get away from unfortunately :(

    • Wedge
      March 4, 2008 at 12:25 pm

      I agree, they act as a bank, but are under no regulation and can do what they like with our money, it's pretty awful really. Talk about a lack of choice though, everyone uses PP and I have to use what my customers want me to use.