How to Use PayPal at Non PayPal Stores

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PayPal provides a highly secure method of making purchases online. Unfortunately, there are websites that do not accept PayPal directly. This can allow consumers to feel uneasy about making purchase on that particular website because of potential fraud. Fortunately, PayPal has other methods to be able to safely shop on the Web while enjoying the ease of using PayPal.

  • Determine the length of time you have had your PayPal account. Usually within three months of having service with PayPal you are eligible for a PayPal debit card. The debit card has a Master-Card logo and deducts funds from your PayPal account when used.

  • Ensure your PayPal account is verified. Typically you verify a PayPal account by allowing PayPal to deposit two small amounts of money into your checking or savings account within 48 hours. Your verification of these amounts confirms you have a valid checking or savings account. Also your e-mail and/or phone number can be used as verification tools for your account.

  • Upgrade your PayPal account to a Premier or business account. A premier account allow you all the benefits of your personal account, but you can also use it to set up a PayPal shopping cart, and accept all payment types if you plan on selling any products or services. If you are using PayPal strictly for making purchases online, you can still set up a premier account in order to get the debit card.

  • Verify your mailing address. PayPal wants to ensure your protection by sending your new MasterCard to a proper address. Therefore, PayPal makes a final attempt to ensure you input the correct address. When you apply for your debit card and are approved, the card will automatically be issued to the address on file.

  • Fill out the application for your debit card. There is no credit check to apply for the PayPal debit card. Within your application you’ll also be able to select a unique PIN you can use if you want to use your debit card at an ATM machine. Usually it takes two to three weeks for your debit card to be mailed. When your card arrives, you are free to activate it and use it on any PayPal or non-PayPal sites that accept MasterCard.

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