Friday, 2 November 2007

Offline Prepaid Solutions -The Ultimate In Online Account Funding

Need to shop online but don’t have a credit card?

In the US, you can waddle down to any grocery store or convenient store and buy a prepaid Visa or MasterCard. Then just turn on the old PC and go shopping. Of course if your purchase is not exactly $25, $50 or $100 you are left with a strange unused balance. Lots of prepaid cards with odd balances…can be a waste of money if you are not careful.

eWallet Alternatives?

If you want to fund an online eWallet like PayPal, INSTADEBIT, Citadel, UseMyBank, Moneybookers, Neteller or Firepay can you simply buy a prepaid card? In all of the 7-11 stores around the globe have you ever seen $50 prepaid PayPal or Moneybookers card hanging on the rack next to those stale doughnuts? No, these online money giants relay on personal credit card funding, checks and bank accounts. Mainstream finance type stuff.

But what about all the Joe Public Internet users out there who just got paid and want to spend online? That prepaid Visa card with the left over balance gets old very fast! There is a growing army of online customers who want to spend and shop but are left with few cash-to-digital options…..however, that is changing in Europe, the UK and even the US.

The creative smart money minds around the globe are finding excellent solutions for all these people and cashing in big by targeting this market segment.

Online/offline cash payment solutions like toditoCard (Mexico), Webmoney (Global), SNAP Card (UK), Ukash (Europe & UK), Wallie-card (Netherlands), paysafecard (Europe & UK) and TrioPass (USA) are all now working directly with populations of people who have cash and want to spend it online. The market for these products which easily link cash money and digital money is growing rapidly because consumers are demanding it.

Products that stand out in this list are:

(1) paysafecards which can be purchased at values of £10, £25, £50, and £75 but users can combine up to ten paysafecards for any single transaction.

(2) Webmoney Transfer has teamed up with both Ukash and paysafecard to accept WM account funding in cash at hundreds of thousands of locations across Europe, Ireland and the UK. An added bonus for using this service is that Ukash funding is instant and free!

The next time you would like to shop online, look around for cash options. You will like what you find.

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