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PayPal Pay In 3 Step One

Place an order
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PayPal Pay In 3 Step Two

Select PayPal as your payment option, log into your PayPal account and apply for Pay in 3 in a few simple steps.

PayPal Pay In 3 Step Three

Place your order and you’re done! PayPal will automatically collect your 2nd and 3rd payments in the two subsequent months, on the same day of each month.

What is PayPal pay in 3?

Pay in 3 interest-free payments on orders between £30-£2000. Your plan will last 2 months in total. The first payment will be due at the time of purchase, followed by 2 further payments due each month after that.Pay in 3 is a form of credit, so carefully consider whether you can afford the repayments and possible impact to your credit score. It may not be suitable for everyone. See terms here.

What you need to get Started

  • A UK bank account
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • A UK residential address (excluding the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
  • Pay in 3 eligibility is subject to status and approval


How will my PayPal pay in 3 transaction appear in my PayPal activity?

Every PayPal Pay in 3 transaction will appear in your PayPal activity feed as the full purchase amount under the relevant merchant’s name as a ‘purchase’. This is to reflect the total purchase amount and is not reflective of the PayPal Pay in 3 instalment plan or any payments already made using your specific card. By using PayPal Pay in 3, PayPal pays the merchant upfront and spreads the cost to you over 3 payments. The first payment is taken on the date of purchase and the next two payments are automatically taken over the following two months. The first payment and subsequent two payments will each be reflected as separate transactions in your PayPal activity and represent the actual payments made towards your purchase.

What is PayPal pay in 3?

PayPal Pay in 3 is an interest-free loan that lets you split your basket into 3 payments, with the first due at time of purchase and subsequent payments due every month on the same date. It’s a great way to spread the cost of larger items or to cover emergencies, and is a helpful tool to manage your budget more effectively. Please note that Pay in 3 is a form of credit, so carefully consider whether you can afford the repayments and possible impact to your credit score.

Will Applying for PayPal pay in 3 impact my credit profile?

If needed, PayPal will run a soft credit check with an external credit reference agency. This leaves no permanent mark on a customer’s credit record if they choose not to progress. However, if a customer decides to use Pay in 3, we will report their ongoing performance to credit reference agencies as we believe this promotes responsible lending. So, it’s important that you’re able to keep up your repayments and that you’re comfortable that they’re affordable.

Are there any fees associated with PayPal pay in 3?

There are no fees for choosing to pay with PayPal Pay in 3.

Why is there a pending authorisation shown in my PayPal activity for my PayPal pay in 3 transaction?

When making a purchase with PayPal Pay in 3, if you pay with a debit card, PayPal will place a pre-authorisation hold on your chosen card for an amount equal to the initial payment or one third of your total purchase amount. This will show as a pending authorisation in your PayPal account activity and also in the bank account of the card linked to your PayPal account. Once you complete your purchase with PayPal Pay in 3 and we ship your goods, the pending authorisation will be removed and the initial payment will be withdrawn from your card. If you do not complete your PayPal Pay in 3 transaction, the pending authorisation will be automatically voided by PayPal within 24 hours of the pre-authorisation hold.

Why didnt my payment go through?

There are a number of reasons we may not have been able to complete your scheduled payment. For example, if the debit card used to sign up to your Pay in 3 plan has expired or if there were insufficient funds available in your bank account balance.
If you need to change your debit card you can do so by logging into your PayPal account, going to PayPal Pay in 3, and selecting the PayPal Pay in 3 plan you want to change. There, you can click “Change” under “Payment Method”.
To avoid any late fees, please make your payment manually by logging into your account, or contact PayPal for further assistance.

I still have questions regarding payment, how can I get in touch?

Visit PayPal's Customer Service for ways to reach them or for further FAQ's please visit here.