PayPal API: what a nightmare!!!
I've been trying to get up and running with the PayPal API, see www.paypal.com/developer
.What a complete nuisance that is!
The test accounts you create (on the sandbox, http://www.sandbox.paypal.com
) actually need to be verified, before you can request an API cerificate. I finally managed to complete 2 out of the 3 verification steps but setting up the bank funding just fails:
I can add a US bank account, and according to the documentation (PP_Sandbox_UserGuide
, page 22), you will see the 'Continue' button after adding an account which will take you to the overview page. Well, there is no 'Continue' button, and no 'Confirm Bank Account' link in the Activate Account box either, which means I cannot complete that step, and can't request an API cert. to start using the API.
I have tried to add a UK bank account, using the sortcode prodived in the same user guide, but it always fails saying that it's an incorrect sort code and incorrect 8 digit account number.
Why the bloody heck is their documentation inconsistent with the behaviour of the sandbox? And why on earth do people have to jump through so many hoops to use their API?
Have you used the PayPal API? Any thoughts on this?