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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 How To Set Up a Paypal Account To Pay For Anything How To Set Up a Paypal Account To Pay For Anything I have to admit that Paypal has become my own vehicle of choice for conducting business online. It has become the most common vehicle that clients prefer for sending in payments for work. This makes... Read More . 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 5 Great Websites To Sell & Buy Unwanted Gift Cards 5 Great Websites To Sell & Buy Unwanted Gift Cards Have you ever been given a gift card that you can’t use? How about a voucher for a website you’d never dream of buying from? It might be tempting to pass the card on to... Read More . 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!

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Gift Cards

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.

Gift Cards

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.

  1. Beth S.
    October 6, 2016 at 2:16 am

    The solutions you give work - if you can wait 3-6 hours. For instant (like within 5 minutes) I've used a site called PayPizzaPal.com. I've been in this same situation, because I also work primarily remotely and freelance, and am paid via PayPal.

    I've used them about a dozen times over the years, never had a problem, and always had an egift card super fast - which is important when you're caught up in a project and suddenly realize you're starving, your family is asking about dinner, and you've got nothing ready.

  2. Jasmine
    August 21, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Domino's in Australia accept payment via Paypal.

  3. Nk
    July 19, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Paypal sucks. They can freeze your money in your account for 180 days with little or no reason with no appeal. They can do this to increase their cash flow on their balance sheets. Theynare people thatnare legitmate paypal account holders that have temorary had thousands of dolars ofbtheir money stolen by paypal. Best bet is to avoid them. You can get any buyer protection paypal advertises from any decent credit card.

  4. test
    April 25, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    I need clarification. You're saying I can put $200 on a Dominoes or Walmart gift card and use it to purchase things from Amazon or Target and not just limited to buying pizza?

  5. Jazzy
    April 20, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Newegg does not have Amazon gift cards

  6. Trina
    January 25, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Don't you need a printer to process those possibilities? I wanted to sell on Amazon using PayPal, I don't like to give them my credit card info. I have to transfer my PayPal funds into my regular bank account because most places do not take PayPal such as QVC and HSN, only a few places online do

  7. Brita
    April 16, 2015 at 1:35 am

    I signed up for a paypal prepaid mastercard that is now linked to my original paypal account. Any other gift card will take a few business days for the transfer to show up. With this once the funds are in your paypal account you can transfer it instantly to the debit card. I have never used anything so easy. I only put what I wasnt to spend on it and don't go over. If I ever do need more it will transfer within seconds. There have been times where I just needed about 5 extra buck while at the register at fred meyer. It worked right away with not hassle. You have to use your browser on your phone to do it and not the actual app but its worth it. There is also a savings account attached to it that you can earn interest on like any other savings account.

  8. Luis Javier Gonzalez
    April 8, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    It is a good article. In my case, I have some electronic gift card for amazon and I wanna change for paypal funds. Do you know any site that allow me to do that? or somebody that wants to do it.

    • aas
      April 3, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      buy paypal gift cards from amazon!

  9. Chandler
    March 21, 2015 at 6:39 am

    I love this idea, but I need a generic use anywhere e-card, like a Visa prepaid and I can't find any sites that sell them and accept paypal.

    • priya.arick
      September 11, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      I also had same problem, found out that walmart offer American Express Gift card and it is accepted in many places and you can pay with paypal

    • Rob Brett
      November 2, 2015 at 6:49 am

      Use GoButler :)

  10. Fawne
    January 23, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks for this great idea! I find myself in this sort of jam all the time , unfortunately. And Dominos is exactly the online merchant I would want to do this with!
    It's interesting to me these people who think a Paypal LINKED Visa/Master constitutes Amazon accepting Paypal. Wow . And the guy who says 'just keep cash in your wallet'. Wow. READ much, dude? Sorry to sound mean? but I have little patience with people who jump in, guns blazing, to set everyone straight when they've neglected to READ and uh ABSORB/COMPREHEND the entire premise of the article.

    • kathy
      April 6, 2015 at 2:39 am

      You hit them nail on their head perfectly. Could not have said it any better if I tried. Very succinct.

    • mark martin
      August 5, 2015 at 1:42 am

      Then theirs the self absorbed idiot who corrects everyone.

      • Lliam Cole
        August 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm

        "there's"..

        rofl

        • gina
          December 1, 2015 at 1:03 am

          lol

  11. Rotcod
    January 12, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I can't find that Walmart OR Newegg has Amazon gift cards. A site called Gyft does. They look legit. What do you think?

    • Penz
      January 23, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Gyft works for Amazon gift "cards." You get a code and can use it immediately at Amazon ... I just did so.

  12. mark43605
    January 6, 2015 at 12:58 am

    I tried to make a purchase on Amazon last night using PayPal which was January 4th 2015 and it did not give me that option...if you guys are using PayPal on Amazon you must be mistaken...there was no paypal button or option on there so you are using a credit card that is merely linked to Paypal...and several sites and Amazon itself said it does not accept PayPal at this time..so there are ways around it with the gift cards butif you have a credit account let me say that again a credit account at PayPal it is not accepted at Amazon

    • RT
      October 15, 2016 at 6:35 am

      Maybe you could try reading the article...

  13. jottin
    December 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    A place I found that accepts paypal for gift cards is app.gyft.com

    I recently used Gyft to buy an Amazon gift card b/c paypal is not accepted on Amazon. So I used this gift card to buy stuff on Amazon!

    Only downside is that the whole transaction takes 3-4 hours to complete...verifying the gift card and processing your paypal account.

  14. NF
    April 29, 2014 at 12:48 am

    I rather like this as I like the anonymity (to a degree) that Paypal provides (as stated they can't steal what isn't there). Hence I like to pay with Paypal whenever I can especially for some online stores which I don't know a lot about. This way they don't have my credit card info. I have one of those Paypal credit cards (the blue one; non-Visa/MC) and have never been able to use it anywhere. Therefore it is sitting in my drawer gathering dust.

    Anyhow this is a great idea and one that I will keep in the back of my mind. Another tool in the arsenal if you will.

    Another idea-Since I buy a lot at Amazon whenever they give me an offer to buy gift cards and then get free cash for buying them (ex: Buy $50 Amazon Gift Card and get yourself a $10 card free). I buy them and send them to relatives which they in turn give me the gift card info and I essentially get $10 free.

    • Craig S
      April 30, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Good tips and a smart trick there. I actually discovered just the other day that the Amazon Associates program (their affiliate program) now offers to pay out users in Amazon gift cards. I'm not sure how long they've done that, but it seems like such a more convenient way rather than waiting for a check (if that's what you're previously done). That is, if you buy from Amazon often enough.

  15. Stephanie S
    April 28, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Wow, thank you so much for this tip! I would much rather use Pay Pal than my debit and/or credit card. I have had to change my debit card at least 4 times in the last year and a half due to skimming and then the Target thing. I could have avoided all that hassle using your method. There is logic in the above, I am sure of it! :) Seriously, thanks for the tip.

  16. Bruce
    April 24, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Get a PayPal debit card then next time you won't have this problem.

  17. Dave
    April 24, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Keep $20 in you wallet and pay cash. Easier than wasting all that time with sketchy sites and holding up everyone in line behind you as you wait for them to figure out the gift card.

    • LMitchell
      April 25, 2014 at 2:34 am

      Did you miss the part that he was ordering pizza online?

    • Daniel V
      April 25, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      You can still pay with cash

    • Craig S
      April 30, 2014 at 9:23 am

      None of the sites in this article are the least bit sketchy. We're talking about Newegg and Walmart here. There's no waiting in line in this whole procedure, either. We're dealing with electronic gift cards. It's 2014 - you think I'm still waiting in line at a store with a physical gift card?! Pshhh!

  18. Paul
    April 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm
    • Buffet
      April 24, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Sir, I'm not trying to be difficult or argue, however, I do it all the time?
      Please, call me Steve.

  19. Buffet
    April 24, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Where on earth did you get the idea that Amazon doesn't accept PayPal????
    I do it ALL THE TIME!

    • WJFalls
      April 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Since when? I have never been able to pay through PayPal on Amazon.

    • rk
      April 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      @Buffett, I have never been able to use paypal on amazon. What are you talking about?

    • Daniel V
      April 25, 2014 at 1:10 am

      How?

    • pmshah
      April 25, 2014 at 2:02 am

      @ WJFalls

      You are absolutely right. Amazon does accept PayPal. I live in India. My credit cards linked to my PayPal account are linked to Indian address AND Banks in India. I order stuff from Amazon all the time and have it shipped to my daughter in the US. This of course to save on exorbitant international shipping charges. Same is true for eBay, USA. As a general rule Material paid for by credit card or PayPal are only shipped to home countries and / or billing addresses of the credit cards. The strange part is that NewEgg, your cited example requires the billing address for PayPal linked credit cards also to be within the US.

      One thing I still fail to understand. One of my credit cards is due to expire in July of the current year. I already have received intimation from my issuing bank that should there be any significant change in the related data, such as address / name of addon card holder, I should contact them to update their records. Same is true for my debit cards. What kind of fly-by-night bank are you banking with ? Secondly, in today's times and world wide proliferation of smart phones it is a simple matter to add a reminder - even few years in the future - to get replacement card/s in timely fashion !

      I think the whole article is either a total fabrication or just goes on to show that you are majorly disorganised and careless !

    • LMitchell
      April 25, 2014 at 2:32 am

      Obviously, there are differences between a Paypal-linked credit/debit card, a Paypal debit card, and an option to pay directly from one's Paypal account balance via a payment option . The latter is what is at issue here, and by that definition Amazon does not accept Paypal. The other two options are simply paying with a credit/debit card. In the United States, at least, you click the credit/debit card link to use them, not a "Pay with Paypal" icon.

    • Trina
      February 28, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      They only accept paypal debit cards issued by credit card companies. You cannot just click a paypal link to pay.

    • Jane
      April 16, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Amazon does NOT and will Never accept PayPal just like the main banks will never accept Bitcoin. The reason is very simple "Competition" . They are in direct competion with each other. Many people seem to always forget that Amazon just like PayPal is also a Payment Processor!!!

  20. Kevin D
    April 24, 2014 at 4:57 am

    This was more of a "Oh crap" moment rather than one that required preparation... Also, those cards expire. "Just get..." doesn't really work and can put you in the same situation. Speaking of... when do my cards expire?

  21. John B
    April 24, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Or get a PayPal MasterCard debit card.

    • Felix Krull
      April 25, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Don't you have to be a US Citizen or live in the US to get one of those? Last I checked not everyone was eligible nor would be for the foreseeable future.

  22. Marte B
    April 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    It's much easier than that. Sign up for a PayPal debit card. That's accepted just like a credit card.

    You can protect yourself by not keeping a balance in your PayPal account and not having it linked to a bank account. Transfer money in when you want to make payments with your debit card. Crooks can't steal money that isn't there.

    • Craig S
      April 30, 2014 at 9:18 am

      This is a clear option, but the method I've shared here is one that you can apply instantly. I've had a PayPal debit card for years and I'm happy with it. If you're ever stuck in a situation where your card is lost or needs renewed, I think this is a great fix of the quick and dirty sort.

  23. Swaminathan Venkatesh
    April 23, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I know about e-gift cards and I also know about retailers like Dominos accepting them. But for some reason I've never put 2 and 2 together all this long. Thank you Craig for this article. This is something that's very obvious but never crossed my mind.

    • Craig S
      April 30, 2014 at 9:16 am

      I'm glad I could help, and when I first came across this little method I felt the same way. It's not a particularly brilliant solution, yet for some reason I've never thought of it. It's good to have in your back pocket!

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