I have a really weird phenomena happening w/ my checkout and paypal.

I'm using paypal express checkout; If I use any of the paypal express buttons to checkout, when I return from paypal to finish the order and submit it - the quote is processed into an order and invoiced. (THIS IS THE FUNCTIONALITY I WANT)

Invoices orders when used this way

Cart View

When I use the normal One Page Checkout flow, and select paypal through that workflow, when I return from paypal to finish the order and submit it - the quote is processed into an order but IS NOT invoiced.

Doesn't invoice orders this way

one page checkout

Anyone ever come across this? or ideas how to fix? I have not modified the or overridden any functionality that deals w/ the payment gateways, and this is a pretty bare-bones site. Not a whole lot of extra functionality that would be messing anything up.

  • Did you find an answer here? Can you please update with your solution or mark the below answer as accepted?
    – philwinkle
    May 16, 2013 at 4:40

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These are two differing methods - Express, and Standard.

It sounds like Standard is behaving the way you want, but Express is doing Authorize-Only. This is a system configuration option under System > Configuration > Paypal > Express Checkout Settings:

paypal settings

To capture payment and generate an invoice immediately, set it to 'Sale' or 'Order'. I'm honestly not sure of the difference between the two.

  • close, but that's backwards - express is working the way I want, standard is not. I still like the idea you give, the only thing that's throwing me off is - all I have enabled is the 'paypal express checkout' section in admin. I don't have standard enabled. If I try to enable that as well, then I have to disable the express checkout.
    – veilig
    Apr 22, 2013 at 14:15
  • Have you tried switching the payment action?
    – philwinkle
    Apr 22, 2013 at 14:24

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