Selling via Bandcamp is simple: all it requires is a free PayPal Business account, and a few minutes to set things up.
First, sign up for a PayPal Business account.
If you do not yet have a PayPal account:
Visit PayPal, click Sign Up and follow the proceeding steps. More importantly, make sure to opt in for a Business Account. For detailed instructions on setting up your account, check out this help article. click Start Now and jump to step one.
If you already have a PayPal Personal account:
You’ll need to upgrade it to a Business account (otherwise you’ll have a low limit on the number of credit card transactions, and amount of money, you can accept). Upgrading is free. Just log in to your PayPal account, head to your Settings, and click Upgrade to a Business account. Click here for a step-by-step guide to setting up your account.
If you already have a PayPal Business account,
Log in to your PayPal account and skip to step two.
Next, link your PayPal Business account to Bandcamp:
Choose your PayPal Business account type.
On the Select Payment Solution page choose the free Standard tier — it has all the features you’ll need to sell your music through Bandcamp, and (just like the other two tiers) it will allow your fans to pay for your music with a credit card, as opposed to requiring them to have their own PayPal account.
The options available to you may be slightly different depending on your country. If you don’t see a “Business”-type account or PayPal as an Additional Payment Option, choose the option that includes Express Checkout.
Confirm your PayPal email address.
Once your account is set up, it’s critical to confirm your PayPal email address. Otherwise, fans won’t be able to pay you. Check your email and click the activation link in the welcome message from PayPal. If you no longer have your PayPal welcome email, log in to PayPal, click Confirm email address (it’s along the right side of the Overview page, in the section titled Notifications), and follow the activation instructions.
Tell us which PayPal account to use.
Visit your Profile page. In the field labeled “PayPal email address” (in the Payment details section), enter your PayPal login email address. Click Save.
There is no step four. You’re done!
However, for bonus points, please be sure to review our pricing page. And hey, PayPal, like every website in the world, occasionally moves things around or changes their wording. We do our best to keep these instructions error-free, but if you discover an inaccuracy (or run into any unexpected snags) please tell us about it. Thanks!
You may also be wondering…
Do I really need a PayPal Business account, or is Premier or Personal sufficient?
We do recommend a PayPal Business account so that there are no restrictions on transaction volume.
How do I update my linked PayPal account email?
Head to your profile page via the user dropdown in the top toolbar and enter your new payment email under Payment Details. Make sure your new PayPal account has been set up correctly as a Business account – just follow instructions above if you need help. Save all your changes at the bottom of the page and you’ll be all set.
Do you offer alternate payment options, like Payoneer, cryptocurrencies, etc.?
We currently support payments via credit card and PayPal (and Stripe for artist subscriptions). Other methods of accepting sales may be supported in the future.