I’m at a point in my Internet-obsessed life where PayPal is the preferred payment method that I choose to pay for just about anything. If you’re a self-employed person who works online and from home, I can imagine you being in a similar predicament.
PayPal is convenient and easy to use. You can pay for anything with PayPal. However, there are a whole lot of places to shop online that don’t seem to be as crazy about PayPal as I am. Amazon is a good (and unfortunate) example. They don’t accept payments via PayPal.
However, there’s a crafty little maneuver that you can use on sites that don’t accept PayPal to make it so that they do. To introduce this method to you guys, let me present a real example that I went through not too long ago.
What are you looking for?
The first step is to make sure that what you’re after doesn’t actually accept PayPal. I was in a situation where I recently had a debit card expire and it took me by surprise when I was trying to order Domino’s pizza online. I don’t keep cash on me, so what’s a guy supposed to do when he wants some pizza? Domino’s accepts orders online, but not by PayPal. You need to pay by cash or debit, credit, or gift card. Cash, debit, and credit weren’t an option for me at the time. But what about a gift card?
Find a gift card vendor that accepts PayPal
There are many places where you can go to buy gift cards online. What we’re looking for are electronic gift cards with email delivery. Many sites come across as pretty sketchy, so it’s important that you stick to places with a reputation.
There are many available to you, but the two that I would personally recommend are Newegg and Walmart. Both are very popular and trusted vendors that have a pretty nice variety of cards. Both also accept PayPal, making this PayPal-to-pizza transfer possible for me!
Newegg currently carries 68 cards eligible for instant email delivery, and Walmart carries 70. You can find cards for brands like Maggiano’s, Steak’n Shake, Burger King, iTunes, Cold Stone Creamery, PF Changs, Red Robin, IHOP, Papa John’s, and more.
Order your electronic gift card
Before ordering your card, you want to be absolutely certain that it is an immediate delivery card that is eligible to be sent to you by email. When I ordered my Domino’s card, I made the purchase through Newegg. Delivery from Newegg was not instant, as they needed to call me by phone to verify my order.
After I took their call a few hours later and verified myself, the card was immediately emailed to me. My assumption is that cards of a higher value (probably $50 and above) require an order confirmation (through certain vendors). It’s quiet likely an anti-fraud measure and isn’t a huge inconvenience.
Pay using your gift card
After your card has been delivered to you by email and you’ve redeemed it, all you’ve got to do is treat it just like a debit or credit card and set it as your payment method on the site of your choice. If you’re in something similar to my situation and using it for some sort of food or delivery, you’ll be able to write off a tip for any remaining part of the balance left on your gift card.
While this method probably seems like a no-brainer, it’s an extremely fast and simple way to convert your PayPal funds into a payment method that can be accepted by the vast majority of online stores. I’ll personally never go without pizza delivery again.