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Ch-6 Error Detected - Paypal

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In chapter 6 "Testing the Site", after I click the paypal subscription button, I get this error message :


Error Detected

pixel.gifPayPal cannot process this transaction because of a problem with the seller's website. Please contact the seller directly to resolve this problem.


I've tried using different test accounts and I get the same thing.

Here are the codes for the paypal button:


echo '<form action="https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post" target="_top">

<input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_s-xclick">

<input type="hidden" name="hosted_button_id" value="FDN9DZRLVBQRL">

<input type="image" src="https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/btn_subscribeCC_LG.gif" border="0" name="submit" alt="PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!">

<img alt="" border="0" src="https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif" width="1" height="1">


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I've not seen that error before. Unfortunately I don't know what it means, as it's pretty vague. I'd see if there's anything in a PayPal support forum or documentation that might explain it. I assume it has something to do with how you've set up your account.

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I got the same error.  In my case, it was caused by the fact that, due to something wrong on the PayPal side, when I created the PayPal button in the sandbox, it created a "live" button instead of a test / sandbox button.  There was nothing to refer to "sandbox" in the code for the button.  When I added "sandbox." to the code to try and fix it, I got the error you posted above.


For more, see post: Bizarre work-around to create PayPal sandbox button

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