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7. IPN and PDT > 81. Capture Customer Information with IPN

Capture Customer Information with IPN

Use the data passed back from PayPal to keep a record of your customers and their information.

One of the key benefits of using PayPal is that customers do not have to enter information repeatedly whenever they buy something. As a merchant, you sometimes need to obtain the information on file at PayPal so that you can fulfill orders without having to contact your customers directly. You can capture the customer’s information as it is stored at PayPal by using the IPN system whenever he makes a purchase from you; that way, you have it on hand in your local system for later use.

One such set of values that PayPal manages is the customer’s shipping information. You can take the information passed back to you by PayPal and populate your local database so that you’ll have that customer’s information on file for later use. For instance, you might want to send a promotional mailing to all your customers’ shipping addresses. You can also use the information to fulfill orders by printing shipping labels from your database or integrating with a shipping service such as UPS.


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