Shop on your way to work
I have always had a love affair with my iPhone. From the early days where it was really just a communication device – texting, calling, email, has now grown into so much more. These days, thanks to PayPal, it’s my mobile wallet. Whether I’m buying a coffee, groceries, or Christmas gifts, it’s a breeze to do from my device, anytime, anywhere.
It appears I’m not alone. A study by PayPal Canada and Ipsos found 14% of Canadians are already shopping from their mobile devices while commuting on public transit, while 76% would consider it if mobile shopping options were more readily available. PayPal found that on average, people spend $529 per month per person shopping from their devices to buy everything from movie tickets to shoes, clothing and accessories. The trend, known as Commuter Commerce, is predicted to continue to rise with improvements to cellphone connectivity.
We were invited by PayPal Canada to learn more about the Commuter Commerce trend. They took over a streetcar and turned it into the North Pole, to show us how we can get our holiday shopping done securely from the world’s smallest mall — our mobile device.
At this time of year, there’s so much to do, with so little time. Bottom line, is to use your time wisely. Commuting to and from work takes up at least an hour if not more each day. Whether you take the bus, train, or streetcar, that amounts to good quality time, so why not use that time to get those Christmas gifts off your to-do list or even pick yourself a killer outfit for the holiday party? PayPal makes it so easy to do – you won’t even need your credit card to do it. PayPal securely stores your credit card, banking and shipping information on their site so that when you mobile shop, you don’t need to share that information with the site you’re shopping with.
Here are just some of the huge brands that offer PayPal online payments:
- Toys R Us
- Best Buy
- Beck Taxi
- Body Shop
- Green P Parking
- Beyond the Rack
- Home Depot
Your new wallet
The bells will be ringing with holiday parties, dinners out, school concerts, the list goes on and on. As long as you have your device (which never leaves my side), you can pay the babysitter, take a cab (please DON’T drink and drive), split the dinner bill with friends, pay for parking, order ahead to beat the lunch rush, buy tickets to see the new Star Wars film — all from the comfort of your device with PayPal.
You can also pay with PayPal at a store near you. From the PayPal app, click the “shop” button and it will find merchants near you that accept PayPal. This list includes boutiques, restaurants, and cafes, mostly in and around the downtown Toronto area, with new merchants added around the clock (looking forward to seeing merchants outside of the downtown area). When you’re ready to pay, simply check-in to the store within the PayPal app, which gives the merchant permission to charge your PayPal account. Your PayPal photo at check-in is used for verification purposes.
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Unique link gets you paid
How many times have you gone to dinner with friends and you’re splitting the bill? I never carry much cash on me, so it’s always an IOU, which I hate because chances are I won’t see them for a while and then I forget. Or what about sharing the cost of dad’s Christmas gift with your siblings? How long does it take to get your money back, if ever? PayPal now has a quick and easy way for you to get paid. PayPal.me is your personal link to getting your money back. Just send the link to friends and family and money gets sent directly to your PayPal account. Gotta say, this is such a fantastic idea!
So if you don’t already have a PayPal account, what are you waiting for?
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.