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#1 ghorsey

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Posted 22 July 2003 - 01:29 PM

I have a PayPal account which is going to be used for donations from the users of my website to keep the site up and running. Being that this account is only going to be used for this, I would like to be able to expose how much money is in the account so that the users will be able to see when there is a need to donate.

Does paypal have any sort of stream that I can request (programmatically) which will return the amount of money currently in my paypal account?

#2 paypal_pb

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Posted 22 July 2003 - 05:01 PM

We dont have that but you could write a farily simple script which reads amounts from IPN and increments a balance in a log file. See http://www.paypal.com/ipn

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#3 ghorsey

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Posted 24 July 2003 - 08:18 AM

kk thank you, I will look into this.

#4 ghorsey

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Posted 24 July 2003 - 08:30 AM

Checking incremental logs would be fine, but what about when I transfer money out of my account, to pay for something? If I'm only tracking money coming in, it will eventually seem like I have more cash in my donation acct than I actually do.


Also there was a thread about Web services. Here would be another prime situation to have one. With a web service you could provide a live feed of your data to developers like myself. Pass in credentials, and get a live feed of how much cash you have in your paypal acct.

Thank you for your response.

#5 paypal_pb

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Posted 24 July 2003 - 08:40 AM

That's correct that you wouldn't be able to easily track the funds leaving the account but wouldn't you only be showing contributions received?

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