I use Paypal. I love Amazon. I HATE that I can’t use them together – until now!
First, a little background on why Amazon.com doesn’t accept Paypal…
They have never been friends. Dating back to 2003… does anyone else find it crazy to “date back” to such a year, or is it just me getting old?… Anyway, “dating back” to 2003, Amazon launched it’s service aimed at small internet merchants, thus encroaching on E-Bay’s territory. (We all know that E-Bay owns Paypal, right?) Animosity grew when, in 2007, Amazon made their new payment service – Amazon Payments to compete with Paypal.
Amazon is very protective of their user’s data – their browsing, purchase history etc. – I can appreciate that, but it also means that their payment service is only viable for their site. An informal, personal poll of my friends and family resulted in the following: 12 of 14 have a Paypal account, 13 of 14 have shopped at Amazon.com, only 1 has an Amazon Payment account. Take that data how you will.
Now, I spend a lot of time on-line. I write articles (shocker!), blog, play games, shop, socialize and provide supplemental income for my family. When my mouse started bugging out and my expendable income was tied up in Paypal, I kind of freaked out!
I certainly did not want to wait five days for my Paypal funds to hit my account, then another couple of days for a new mouse to be delivered. In today’s worlds of instant gratification, I was frustrated beyond words… trying to navigate to find a solution on a laptop without an external mouse may have contributed.
I found a TON of people asking the same question, but no real or suitable answers. If you are in a similar circumstance and have stumbled across my little article, your problem is solved!
The point, and I do have one, is that it IS possible to utilize these two internet giants together. Specifically, I have found a very handy site. PayPizzaPal. They accept Paypal for all manner of e-Gift Cards, including Amazon. Hallelujah! Can I get an amen?
It’s a simple enough prospect. They charge a little more than each gift card (can’t begrudge them a profit, right? Plus, Paypal takes a percentage of every transaction) and then send the e-Gift Card to you. This all happens within a half hour from start to finish, and typically faster. In short, you can use your Paypal funds to shop at Amazon within minutes!
Their check out takes you directly to Paypal’s secure site (address and SSL checked and verified) and they never ask for any more information than your name and email address. They offer the same service for a bunch of other stores as well.
One note about the site; they offer the service for restaurants as well. Restuarants are often franchised and don’t always accept corporate gift cards. Check with the particular place you intend to patronize before ordering.