The festive season is already upon us. This time of year, the last thing anyone wants to do is fight crowds at a busy shopping centre, or spend hours in stores trying to find the best deals on holiday gifts.

There is another way

Many South Africans are turning to their computer or mobile device to finish all their holiday shopping quickly and easily from the comfort of their own homes. Based on a survey conducted by Ipsos, online spending in South Africa is expected to grow by 24% by the end of 2017, and the total spend of South African consumers is expected to reach R46 billion this year alone.

But manoeuvering the world of online shopping can be intimidating. Here are the questions that online shoppers often ask:

  • How do I get the best deal?
  • How can I trust a retailer to send me what I’m paying for?
  • What if I end up not liking what I ordered?

Here are some tips from Paypal to be sure that you get what you want this festive season, without ever having to get off your sofa:

1. Take advantage of international deals

For years, shoppers around the world have looked forward to the deals that U.S. merchants offer on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to snap up bargains that were primarily targeted at U.S. consumers.

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PayPal allows you to take advantage of these great deals by paying with your PayPal account on U.S. sites, and has partnerships with services like Aramex Global Shopper to make sure you have no problems shipping your purchase to South Africa.

2. Shop from anywhere

Gone are the days of fighting for a parking space at a crowded shopping centre this December. Not only can you shop online from your home on your computer, you can do it from anywhere you want via your mobile phone.

With PayPal’s new One Touch service, you only have to enter your card and billing details once, and then you can shop online with just one click.

If an eligible item that you’ve bought online doesn’t arrive, or doesn’t match the seller’s description, PayPal’s Buyer Protection may reimburse you for the full amount of the item

3. Be confident in your purchase

Many people worry about buying something online only to receive something totally different from what they have ordered. No one wants to spend a lot of money on a designer handbag online only to receive a fake.

If you shop with PayPal, it’s not an issue. If an eligible item that you’ve bought online doesn’t arrive, or doesn’t match the seller’s description, PayPal’s Buyer Protection may reimburse you for the full amount of the item.

4. If all else fails, you can always return it

Worst case scenario, if Auntie does not like the holiday jumper you selected for her, PayPal still has your back. PayPal’s Refunded Return programme will reimburse your return shipping costs up to $30 USD, or approximately R400.

So this festive season, skip the crowds and do all your shopping from the comfort of your couch. PayPal is there to help you at every step of the way.