If you wish to avoid registering with PayPal, there are some points to consider.
PayPal uses the word “Subscribe” to mean “set up a subscription which will be “automatically” renewable by PayPal, however you wish to pay now.“ If you do have a PayPal account, you can cancel “Automatic renewal” when you wish to, using their “autopay” “pre-approved payments” settings. When we use the “Subscribe” button with PayPal, they provide the option of so called “automatic payments”, that is an annual repeat subscription on the same date. To do this they need to use a registered PayPal account.
What happens if I cancel my PayPal account or its “automatic” annual payment?
Automatic renewal by PayPal. If you subscribe by PayPal, your membership would be renewed on the anniversary of your payment, and the Treasurer will not expect renewal before that date, even if it is after 1st April, when subscriptions are normally payable. If you close your PayPal account, any renewal plans are cancelled, and the Treasurer will be notified at the time. If you cancel PayPal’s “automatic renewal” at any time after 1st April, you subscription becomes due on the next 1st April, regardless of when you last paid.
If you wish to purchase a subscription for yourself or anyone else without using your PayPal account, use “Gift Membership”. You will be putting a Gift-Subscription into the “shopping cart”, and your payment options will be the same as if it were a book.
On our “Join” page we have a button labelled “Give membership as a gift”. This takes you to the “Gift” part of our online “shop”, with a green gift-wrapped parcel above a button labelled “Add to Cart, which on clicking, will take you to a new (PayPal) page and the chosen “Gift Membership” will be listed with any other purchase you might have also chosen. You will see a colourful yellow “PayPal Check out” button or (just below it) a dull grey “Check Out – Pay without a PayPal account” button. Choosing the dull option gives you what you want. It also allows you to choose to “send” the membership to someone else, if you choose not the check the box labelled “Send to my billing address”, when it would allow you to enter a “Shipping address”.
If someone accidentally pays twice in error, the Treasurer will spot the anomaly in the accounts and is able to refund it. If using a registered PayPal login, your payments are all listed if you log into your account. Alternatively you could be reassured by using online banking to check your bank account, and if you decide to give up on PayPal, you could make an online payment by Band Giro Credit (BGC details below) and then email email@example.com with your address, etc once the payment has been made – noting any reference you have used to help the Treasurer identify your payment.
Use a reference such as your name and a number, for example JF2020, and let us know it by letter to the Treasurer or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Membership Secretary is notified by email very soon after PayPal receives a payment, and responds to this soon after. Firstly by adding Name, email-address, postal address and any telephone numbers to our mailing lists. Secondly if the payment is from a new member or is a gift to a new member, the Secretary welcomes the new member and forwards the details to our Publications Manager, who sends a “welcome pack”.
If you use online banking you could set up a Standing Order with your bank to maintain your membership up to date. If you do this, please tell us how we can recognise your payment – for example a reference number.
Gift Aid can be a boost to a charity’s income, if they can claim back the basic rate tax already paid on donations by donors, which currently means we could claim back 25p from the government for every £1 donated. However, we cannot claim Gift Aid on subscriptions, as our members benefit by receiving goods valued at more than 25% of their subscription. In fact this year and last, the total cost of printing and distributing publications to members is 25% higher than the income from subscriptions! This is explained here on the UK Government website.
You have to use PayPal but you have no need to open a PayPal account…
If you do not have, or want, a PayPal account, you can pay with your credit card without being “registered” with PayPal
To do this you make a card purchase using the “Gift Membership” button.
‘Click on add to cart’
‘Click on Check out – Pay without a PayPal account’
Please note if you choose this method you must revisit the site each year to renew your membership. If you choose to open and pay using a PayPal account you may choose to have your renewal completed automatically.