Happy post-Thanksgiving weekend, readers!
The past few days have been a whirl of excitement and crazy deals with some of the best Black Friday internet deals started Wednesday night at midnight and running ALL through Thursday and Friday this year. Normally, I’m one of the hardcore folks who brave the weather by camping out in line all night long for a 5 AM release, but the early online release of all but the TV deals pretty much left me with no reason to leave the comfort of my warm, cozy home. (I’m hoping future Black Fridays will continue turning towards the online trend, rather than the crazy lines and chaos I saw photos of and heard stories of this year.)
WELL! I return to blogging to tell you all of a golden discovery that you will certainly like because it involves two things: FREE MONEY.
Paypal recently introduced their Paypal Anywhere service, which allows consumer Paypal accounts to pay at participating merchants with their Paypal account in-person either via a touchscreen PIN pad where you enter your telephone number and a personalized PIN, or simply via a Paypal card that they send you that works just like a debit card.
After doing a review on the new Chase VIP Lounge, I walked by a Paypal booth set up in the San Francisco Downtown Westfield Mall at Powell & Market, up on the second floor, on the Bloomingdale’s side next to the escalators. I found out that if you go and take a short 45 second to 60 second survey at the booth on an iPad, you will automatically receive $10 loaded to your Paypal consumer account and have your account activated for Paypal Anywhere! YES! Free money! Curiosity pays sometimes…literally.
And it gets better! If you use your Paypal Anywhere account, after you have them activate it at the booth at the Westfield Mall, at any participating merchant (i.e. Jamba Juice, American Eagle, and many more) and bring back the receipt of the purchase (proving you used your Paypal account) to the booth by this Christmas, they’ll load ANOTHER $10 into your account!
So for 45 seconds of your time, you’ll get $10. And after a purchase at any value (buy a small Jamba Juice drink or snack for example), and you’ll get another $10! No matter how you see this, this is a win-win in my opinion.
I talked to the folks working at the Paypal booth and they said they will have the booth running till around Christmas this year—so make your way to them! They are open during regular mall hours.
I’m not sure if there are more Paypal booths setup around the nation. I’ll do some more research into that though–but for you folks in the SF bay area, get some extra money for the holiday season. 🙂
For more information about Paypal Anywhere, visit the Paypal page.
UPDATE at 12:56 PM Pacific on Mon. 11/26/12: Let me clarify two things: 1) The short 45 second survey are questions about what you know of Paypal. It does not matter if you get them right or wrong. 2) The promotional credit is only available to consumer Paypal accounts. If you own a business Paypal account, you can either downgrade your account at the booth or simply create a new consumer account. Just tell the staff which route you’d like to go. (They did not suggest anything to me, so I had to prod before eventually creating a new consumer account.) I’ll post a new blog post once I return to the booth with my receipt for the final $10. 🙂