Why you Need a PayPal Account for a Recurring Membership

There are three parts to this article,

  1. Why you need a PayPal account to sign up for a non-expiring membership with Geeks on Tour
  2. Why we think you should have a PayPal account in general
  3. Why the scams you hear about PayPal are just that … scams … with a little bit of knowledge it’s easy to keep your account safe

You Need a PayPal account for a non-expiring Geeks on Tour membership

So, here’s the deal.  We use PayPal for all our business credit card processing.  We’ve been using PayPal since 2000, we know how it works, and we trust it.  When we started our membership site, we only offered a one year, non-recurring payment.  You can sign up for this using PayPal OR any major credit card.  When it became clear that renewing your membership for another year was a real hassle, we wanted to set up auto-renewing accounts.  That means that the credit card needs to be automatically billed each year.  PayPal would only do that for us if the credit card holder also had an account with PayPal.

We looked into other options, but any other option would require additional ‘middle-man’ shopping cart systems.  We didn’t want more complexity!  So, it’s settled.  You can lock in our low $39/year rate by ‘Subscribing’ to our annual recurring membership.  But, you are required to have a PayPal account to accomplish this.  If you already have a PayPal account – it’s even easier than using a credit card – you just enter your PayPal username and password.  If you don’t have a PayPal account, one will be created for you as you enter your credit card information.  All you need is a valid email address.  Watch the slide show below for more detailed instructions.

Why we think you should have a PayPal account in general

The Web is a big place.  You can buy anything from tshirts and books to car insurance and even cars just by entering your credit card number.  The more you buy on the Internet, the more your credit card number is being spread around.  I much prefer to give my credit card number to one company (PayPal) and then let PayPal handle the transaction with any other vendor.  It’s simpler, cleaner, and safer.

Don’t be scared of PayPal scams, just be Smart

Since PayPal is the largest payment processor on the Web, it is the object of scams.  PayPal itself is highly trustworthy, but lots of scam artists know how to pretend to be PayPal and trick you into giving money or information to them.  With a little bit of knowledge, you can avoid being caught by these scams.  Here’s a video that addresses this:

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3 replies on “Why you Need a PayPal Account for a Recurring Membership”

  1. Hey Guys,

    Steve and Queenie Malcolm. Met you at the RV-Dreams Rally in Longs ,SC (was that last year?) We want to sign uo for the automatic yearly renewal using our PayPal account, but I seem to be having issues. Can’t seem to locate a checkout, just the Why PayPal info page). Our PayPal account is associated with email SL_Malcolm@yahoo.com. Can you just send me a request through PayPal? Looks as though you are doing well! Q and I worked for NASCAR and Cirque-du-Soleil last year and had a great time. Then we went on to a campground assignment in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains in Motebello, VA. No cell phone, no internet, no TV. I told the campers that it wasn’t the end of the world but that if they hiked up to the top of the ridge they would be able to see it from there! We were there for 6 months. It was an hour drive round trip to the nearest public Wi-Fi. We are going back to that assignment next summer but we want to be better prepared this time. I am thinking Hughes Internet Sattelite so give us some advice or which article I should read. Hope you are all well and healthy. Hope to see you again on the road somewhere. Still got your dancing shoes? Happy Trails! S&Q

    • I have sent a PM with instructions.
      Sounds like you have been busy!
      Hughes is a good choice when other connections are not available. Watch your bandwidth usage, though.

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