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PayPal is an excellent thing for international shoppers, but it can be a pain if you happen to be shopping at an online retailer that doesn’t accept PayPal. Major online retailers such as Amazon, BestBuy, Belk don’t accept PayPal as payment. Typically, you would just take the hit and try and find some other venue to do your shopping but not today! Because I’m going to teach you a little trick to get around those pesky restrictions. Want to know how to shop with your PayPal credit? The answer is simple: eGift Cards. Allow me to elaborate.
But before I start elaborating, make sure you have a stable VPN on the side if any of the below website options give you any problem. If you don’t already have a VPN, please get one.
Shop With Your PayPal Credit By Purchasing eGift Cards
So, while Amazon and the like don’t accept PayPal, they will always accept payments with Amazon gift cards or VISA gift cards, and lucky for you there are tonnes of online services to purchase said e-gift cards. Here are just a few of the great places to buy e-gift cards using your PayPal or PayPal credit:
This one should be obvious. eBay is a hub for virtually anything to be purchased, and yes that even includes e-gift cards. Now, there is a downside to this. Most of the cards are auctioned, so you may have to bid and wait, which means looking well in advance before you want to purchase something. There’s also no guarantee that you will get it. Still, as a last resort, eBay is always a good option especially when you can get a discount!
For those of you who live under a rock, Newegg is kind of like Amazon for computer parts. But, unbeknownst to me until I did the research, Newegg also sells e-gift cards. They have all sorts of options for gift cards, including the Windows Store, xBox Live, PlayStation Store, and yes even Amazon and eBay cards. You’ll also get automatic delivery on said gift cards, so there is no waiting period. You can pay them via Newegg Store Credit Card, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, Newegg.com Gift Card, Visa Checkout, MasterPass, Amex… and… *drumroll* Bitcoin!
Gyft happens to be another great place to purchase eGift cards. It is more than just a site to purchase your e-gift cards as it also stores them all directly to your account/mobile app. This feature is perfect for people who lose all of their e-gift cards in their inboxes. Gyft also offers rewards for using its service that can save you money on future purchases. Plus Gyft has over 200 retailers to choose from, including Amazon, eBay of course but eBay’s cards are available in denominations of $10, $15, $20 and $25 only. Why is this a big deal you ask? It is because if you want to purchase an item worth $30 or more, Gyft is then not your ideal place to get such a card. Do check out their app for Android and iOS to get the most out of Gyft. You can pay for Gyft cards via Apple Pay, Credit Cards, PayPal and Bitcoin.
GiftCardBin isn’t quite as comprehensive as GiftCards or Gyft nor does it have a mobile app, but it is still a pretty awesome site. All of the gift cards, both physical and electronic, are sold secondhand (hence the word ‘Bin’ in its name). That means the site’s inventory is constantly shifting, but the huge benefit of it is the savings that come with it. Buying secondhand this way can save you up to 50% on gift cards depending on the seller. That’s quite a bit of saving, and it would be well worth it if you could find exactly what you were looking for.
Another fantastic option to shop with your PayPal credit is getting a gift card from eGifter! They claim to have over 200 brands covered in their inventory so the idea of not getting what you want goes to a minimum with them. They also allow group contribution towards a card and their apps are fantastic. Available on iOS and Google Play store, the app lets you do everything that their website can do, and they too suggest that you simply use their service via the app. You have the option to buy gift cards with Credit cards, PayPal, AmEx, Amazon payments or Bitcoin!
CardCash offers discounted Gift Cards. How? Because they purchase unwanted ones and resell them at a discount. Purchasing through CardCash is as easy as ABC. Just select a gift card(s) and add it to your cart, sign in or register if you are a new user and pay via any of three acceptable methods i.e. Credit Cards, BitCoin or PayPal. If you are a first-time buyer from CardCash, then allow up to 24 hours for the card delivery via email otherwise, you will simply get it within minutes. Since CardCash offers physical delivery as well (via USPS) so you have the option to opt for this too but of course, the delivery time will NOT be 24 hours but be more towards seven days. Shipping is free and orders automatically eligible for a 45-day refund policy in the event of some problem. Do go over their FAQ before deciding to purchase from CardCash.
Not a cheap option but this gets work done. They have exactly six prepaid VISA credit cards that can be paid for via PayPal credit. For those who don’t have PayPal and want to go with this option, they too can purchase one of the prepaid credit cards by opting to ‘Checkout with PayPal’ and after that select debit or credit card option. Mind you; the VISA prepaid cards are a bit expensive, but they do beat the whole verification process.
Other Ideas for Shopping via PayPal
There are also some favourite sites that sell gift cards. Here are a few of the most popular ones.
I feel a bit silly asking this, but you did try to shop using a digital gift card from PayPal right? Well anyway, PayPal itself sells digital gift cards and hence if you didn’t know then you should probably try this line of buying because it’s the most obvious avenue. Just pick a gift card; say… you choose one for Burger King. Only put in the amount you want to buy (has to be between $25-$100), and choose one of two options: ‘Gift’ or ‘Buy for me’…. and that’s it! I mean, after you log in to PayPal and verify the purchase, then that’s it.
Now I hate shopping at Walmart as much as the next guy, but at least they accept PayPal online. They also sell a variety of e-gift cards that are automatically delivered. They may not have Amazon (at least not at the moment), but they do have other favourite online stores including iTunes and the Windows Store. You can pay at Walmart’s online store via major credit cards (including non-US credit cards), Walmart’s MoneyCard, Credit Card and MasterCard and PayPal
GiftCards is a great site where you can do anything about gift cards. It has a tonne of popular brands like BestBuy, eBay and Amazon, and you can even buy VISA prepaid cards. If you are looking to save some money, though, GiftCards also has some discounted gift cards available. It also has one of the largest gift card libraries, so you are sure to find what you are looking for. To make shopping easier, they have their very own Android and iOS apps. However, keep it in mind that if you can’t access the website, you will need to tunnel your way into a region which allows you to open this site. By tunnelling, I only mean, use a reliable and stable VPN service and set it to the USA and then access GiftCards. Unfortunately, they have stopped support for PayPal and accept payments via credit cards only. We’ve still kept them on the list because they are a great place to buy Gift Cards from.
One Last Option…
If none of these quite suit your needs, you could always just sign up for PayPal Prepaid. This is a prepaid MasterCard that you only load your PayPal money onto. That’s it, and it’s accepted by anywhere MasterCard is… which is virtually everywhere. Prepaid cards are a pain, but they are a lot more useful than being denied service!
And that’s how you shop with your PayPal credit anywhere on the internet. Remember, if an online retailer says they don’t accept a certain form of payment, there is always a way to get around it. If they say you need to be in the USA to access a certain website, get yourself a reliable VPN connection. If they require a USA phone number, please get it and if they say you need a USA address, then you can get that too.
There is always a solution.
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