Pay Pal Account Types (Personal, Business or Premier)


The three PayPal account types differ in some important ways. All have access to PayPal's core features, which include:

  • Send Money
  • Request Money
  • Auction Tools
  • Website Payments
  • Money Market
  • Virtual Debit Card
  • Account Insurance
  • E-mail Customer service

Personal Pay Pal Account

A Personal Pay Pal Account gives you access to the core features, but that's all. Customer support is mostly via e-mail. There is a phone number available, but it is not toll-free and it sends users to a low-priority line with long wait times. There are no transaction fees for personal accounts, though there are fees for some other features, such as currency exchange. Personal accounts are also subject to volume limits of $500 per month. If you receive more than that, you will need to upgrade to a Premier or Business account (or deny the transfer that would have put you over the limit).

Premier and Business Pay Pal accounts

Premier and Business Pay Pal accounts are almost the same. The main differences are -

  • Business accounts must be registered with a business or group name. Business accounts can also be set up for multiple users.
  • Premier accounts can be registered with a business, group or individual.

Business and Premier accounts allow access to all of the core features, plus the ability to accept -

  • Unlimited Credit Card Payments
  • Payment Receiving Preferences
  • Subscriptions
  • ATM/Debit Card
  • Mass Payments

These extra features come at the cost of transaction fees. Sending money is still free, but 2.9 percent is charged for funds received. Extremely high-volume accounts get a break - after $3,000 has been received in a month, the percentage drops to 2.5 percent. Above $10,000, it goes to 2.2 percent, and money in excess of $100,000 received in a single month is only charged at 1.9 percent. In addition, all transactions in which money is received, regardless of volume, have a $0.30 fee added.

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