Sellers can now invoice buyers through PayPals new chat extension for Messenger

PayPal and Facebook are expanding their integratings today with the launch of an extension for Messenger that allows PayPal marketers to invoice purchasers directly through private messaging. The feature is ideal for utilize with Facebook’s numerous Buy and Sell groups as well as Facebook Marketplace, in addition to being an easy way to send PayPal invoices in general.

The launch comes on the heels of last month’s debut of person-to-person PayPal pays in Messenger, and the arrival of PayPal’s first customer service Messenger bot for handling client questions and requests for help.

The two companies had been working closely together prior to that, too, including information a partnership announced last year that allowed U.S. customers to shop online merchants via their Messenger bots, then transact in the app via PayPal.

This time, the focus is on changing small business transactions and those between buyers and sellers into Messenger.

The new PayPal chat extension allows a seller establishing and send their invoice without leaving the their conversation, so the purchaser can act on it immediately. To use the extension, sellers open the extension tray in Messenger, select PayPal, then create a simple invoice by filling in details like item name, description, price and sum. The invoice can also include a photo.

When the buyer receives the invoice, they just press “Pay with PayPal” to complete the transaction. If they’re signed into OneTouch, they can checkout without having to re-authenticate with their password.

Like other PayPal transactions, those taking place over Messenger are covered by PayPal Purchase Protection for Buyers– meaning, when the invoice is issued and paid, purchasers are protected.

PayPal says the Messenger integration is only one of other partnerships it has planned to help make commerce easier wherever transactions are occurring, but doesn’t have any other deals it’s preparing to announce at this time.

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