The onset of the festive season means shopping centres and malls are busy because, like you, everyone else is also looking for amazing gifts for their loved ones. If you enjoy getting a good deal, but hate the crowds, trying to find parking and spending too much time at the shops, there actually is a reprieve.

Online shopping is becoming increasing popular in South Africa and it is easy to understand why. Computers and mobile devices enable everyone to reduce time spent shopping, without having to leave the comfort of home.

Based on a survey by research company 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.

Despite the increase, cyberspace can still be a little daunting to some who wonder about things such as trusting the retailer to deliver what is being paid for, finding the best deal and returning purchases.

Fear not. The guys at PayPal know online shopping. Here are a few tips to ensure that you get what you want this festive season while staying on the couch.

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Be confident in your purchase

No-one wants to spend a lot of money on a designer handbag online, only to receive a fake. With PayPal, there is a safety net for such a scenario. 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.

Take advantage of international deals

For years, shoppers around the world have looked forward to deals US merchants offer on days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday to snap up bargains that were primarily targeted at American consumers. Now, you can too. PayPal allows you to take advantage of these great deals by paying with your PayPal account on US sites. There are also partnerships with services like Aramex Global Shopper to make sure you have no problems shipping your purchase to South Africa.

Shop from anywhere

People are able to shop from anywhere from their 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 all else fails, you can always return it

PayPal’s Refunded Return programme will reimburse your return shipping costs up to $30 (approximately R400).

About PayPal

PayPal allows anyone to pay in any way they prefer, including through credit cards, bank accounts, or PayPal Smart Connect, without sharing financial information.

Available in 202 countries and 25 currencies around the world, PayPal enables global e-commerce by making payments possible across different locations, currencies, and languages. There are 203 million accounts worldwide.

Just a click away

Skip the festive season shopping drama and shop from home. PayPal is there to help you at every step.