These days, there are great bargains to be found by shopping online. Many items that previously were only available in stores are now being bought and sold online every day. Books, CDs, DVDs, and electronics are all growing in popularity as online purchases. Then there are things like flights, hotel bookings, car rentals, and the like that are which are well established in the online shopping world. More and more stores are putting up websites that allow you to make online orders and even supermarkets now let you do your grocery shopping online, and they’ll deliver the goods to your door.
Added to this growth in stores and other big business websites, there are also millions of small traders offering you goods online too. Online auction sites such as eBay are experiencing phenomenal success. These types of purchases however carry the risk that you do not really know who you are dealing with but you have to give them sensitive financial information in order to pay for your purchases. You are forced to choose between buying from small sellers and then trust them with your card details, or forgo the opportunities they offer and deal only with large and trusted names.
This problem has been recognized and that is why it is now possible to shop online from lots of small sellers while maintaining your privacy and keeping your financial information secure. There are payment sites with the most popular probably being PayPal, that are set up specifically to deal with issues like these. Indeed, PayPal is now owned by eBay, which shows the link in importance between the two services offered by these companies.
What websites like PayPal allow you to do is pay open an online account for free. You can then transfer money into your account using a standard credit card payment procedure. The advantage of this is that while you are providing your card information to PayPal, this is the only company that you are giving this information to and since they are large and therefore, hopefully, trustworthy, your privacy and security should be safe.
Then when you make all your various purchases with smaller, more anonymous traders, all you do is make the payment through PayPal and this avoids all the dangers having to give all your sensitive data out again and again. It is another example of how using credit cards online is becoming safer and more convenient.