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How to Change Artwork to Show as Sold, Removing Buy Now Buttons

When you receive an email that a piece has sold, tag it as Sold in your FASO control panel by changing the Availability. This will remove the Buy Now button from it:

  • log into FASO account Control Panel
  • click Artwork icon - upper row
  • click on the thumbnail of the artwork to edit
  • for Availability, select Sold from drop-down menu
  • click Save Changes


We have a new feature that is in Beta (development) to automatically mark sold artwork as Sold. Here's how to try it out:

Step 1:

Click here to learn about Instant Payment Notification on Paypal's site. Or paste this into your address bar:

A) Copy (CTRL/C) the FASO artist website IPN notification URL:

(The URL links to your FASO site automatically.)

B) Enable Instant Payment Notification in your Paypal account:

  • log in to Paypal
  • click Gear icon (upper right corner)
  • click My Selling Tools (on the left)
  • for Instant Payment Notification (middle of screen),  click Update (blue link on far right)

  • click IPN Settings
  • in Notification URL field, paste (CTRL/V) this URL:
  • select Receive IPN messages (Enabled)
  • click Save

Step 2:

Change the setting in your FASO account:

  • login to FASO account Control Panel
  • click Commerce icon - upper right, looks like shopping cart
  • for BETA - Automatically Mark Originals Sold, set to Yes
  • click Save Changes

How It Works:

This system only marks a piece as sold once the buyer has fully checked out on Paypal. Just placing it in the shopping cart does not affect the status. 

After the sale is complete, Paypal notifies FASO and we mark the piece Sold.

If the buyer does NOT return to your website from Paypal by clicking the return to website link, FASO will still pick up the sale details and mark the original as SOLD, once Paypal notifies FASO via their api (which can take a minute or two).

If your collector completes the purchase of a piece, it should be automatically marked as Sold if it meets the following 4 conditions.

When editing the artwork in your FASO Control Panel, make sure that:

  1. Type is set to: Original
  2. Availability is set to: Available
  3. when clicking on Show Ecommerce Settings For Future Use - Number Available for Sale is set to: 1 
    [1 is the default]


4. IPN (Instant payment notification) is enabled in your Paypal account

A word from Clint Watson, FASO Founder and Head Developer:
We are currently testing another method involving when the customer returns from Paypal that will mark the piece(s) Sold as soon as the client returns, so it appears immediately. The code for the immediate return case is written; we just want to test it a bit more. Both pieces of code will stay in place, so if the client for some reason does not return, the piece(s) will still get marked Sold via the IPN method.


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