PayPal Adaptive Payments handles payments between a sender of a payment and one or more receivers of the payment. It’s possible to split the order total with secondary receivers, so you can pay commissions or partners.
Enable a sender to send a single payment to multiple receivers (you + five receivers). For example, your shopping cart allows a buyer to pay for items from several merchants with one payment, then allocates payment to merchants that provided the items. PayPal deducts money from the sender’s account and deposits it in the receivers’ accounts.
Enable a sender to send a single payment to a primary receiver. The primary receiver keeps part of the payment and pays the remainder to (up to nine) secondary receivers.
For example, you’re an online travel agency that handles bookings for airfare, hotel reservations and car rentals. The sender only sees you as the primary receiver, and you allocate payment for your commission and the actual cost of services provided by other receivers. PayPal then deducts money from the sender’s account and deposits it in both your account and the secondary receivers’ accounts.
Enable a sender to send a single payment to a single receiver. For example, your website takes payment and transfers money from the customer’s PayPal account to your own, as a result of a sale. This is a traditional payment.
This work automatically when there are no other recipients or receivers