Last Updated on February 5, 2023 by James McAllister

By: James McAllister


Staples is one of the world’s largest office supply chains, with over 1,000 stores across the United States.

Although much of their business has shifted online, Staples has been doing well to keep up with the changing world.

So, you may be wondering – does Staples accept PayPal?

In this article, we’ll cover everything that you need to know!

Does Staples Take PayPal?

Staples does take PayPal when shopping online at, or while shopping using the Staples mobile app.

However, Staples does not take PayPal when making purchases within their 1,000+ retail stores.

Not without a workaround any, which we’ll discuss a little later!

If you do want to make an online purchase using PayPal, doing so at Staples is easy.

PayPal On Staples Website

When it comes time to checkout, all you have to do is scroll down to the bottom of the page, until you reach the ‘Alternative checkout’ section.

Then, simply click on ‘PayPal Checkout’ to begin the checkout process using PayPal.

Once payment has been authorized, you will be redirected back to Staples’ website for your order confirmation and any further details.

Workaround: PayPal Cards, Or Staples Gift Cards

Staples E-Gift Card

Although PayPal isn’t accepted in-stores, there are a few workarounds available.

The first is to make your purchase using a Staples gift card – which can be purchased with PayPal.

Although Staples only appears to sell physical gift cards on their website, you can order Staples e-gift cards using authorized resellers like

Because e-gift cards are delivered instantly, you can redeem theme while shopping and then pay at the register using your new gift card.

The second workaround is to use one of PayPal’s credit or debit cards, such as the PayPal Cash Card.

This can be loaded directly from your PayPal balance, or another card of your choosing.

Then, you can shop with it at the store as if it were any other debit or credit card. Pretty neat!

Why Pay With PayPal?

With all this extra hassle, you may be wondering – why pay with PayPal at all?

Fortunately, there are a number of benefits to do so, which may make it worth the hoops you have to jump through.

First of all, PayPal is a bit safer than using a debit or credit card on its own – both online, and in-store.

Many credit cards are stolen not because of the website itself, but because some viruses work by logging what you type. So, the less you have to type your credit card in, the safer you generally are.

PayPal remembers all of your saved cards, so it prevents you from having to type them out. This is also quite convenient!

Additionally, PayPal offers buyer protection in the event of any disputes. While you should first contact Staples to fix any problems relating to your order, it is nice to have PayPal in your corner in the event that something goes wrong.

What Other Payment Methods Does Staples Accept?

Staples Store

In addition to PayPal, Staples also takes a variety of other payment methods as well.

Some of these include:

  • Cash
  • Checks
  • Most major credit cards.
  • Most major debit cards.
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Mastercard
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay
  • Staples gift cards

Note that Staples allow you to split your purchase across multiple payment methods, should you need to do so.


While Staples doesn’t allow for PayPal to be used in its retail stores, it is available as a payment method on

Additionally, you can use PayPal on the Staples mobile app as well.

If you must use PayPal while shopping retail at Staples, we recommend using one of the workarounds mentioned above.

I hope that you’ve found this article helpful. If you have any other questions about shopping at Staples, please ask them using the comment form below.

Wishing you the best,

– James McAllister

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James McAllister

James is the owner of He started his first blog at the age of 11, and has since gone on to start several successful businesses. In total, these businesses have sold hundreds of thousands of units and have touched millions of lives. Here on, he shares his knowledge that brought him to where he is today. If you want to connect with James, follow him on your favorite social networks!

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    1. Hi Paul, and thanks for your comment!

      I tried it just now and see that the alternative checkout is still there, both on computer and mobile – are you using the mobile app, or the website? If you’re using mobile, you will need to scroll down to the bottom of the window (it’s on the page where it asks you to create an account or sign in, once you click on your cart.)

      – James


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