It's that time of the year. You know? The holidays. Everyone is ready for the turkey and hams and don't forget the dressing. Stores across America have already started putting out their Christmas items in anticipation for the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! And of course the Mariah Carrey song "All I Want for Christmas Is You". The video on YouTube has over 180 million views. Cha-ching! But you know what this time of year is really all about.... Gifts! With birthdays, holidays like Fathers Day or Mother's Day, Easter, etc, etc, already gone and past. For many, Christmas is the last opportunity to get a present. Amazon Wishlists are getting filled, Santa's across the world are getting ready to hear kids' wishes and the millions of gifts that are to be put under the tree. But one gift that may not be as easy to give is CRYPTO! But the easiest gift you're more likely to receive is a Prepaid Gift Card. Don't fear the CRYPTO SANTA Is here!
Recently I had a birthday come up and one of the gifts that I knew would come is the famous gift card. To me gift cards have never been a present because they lacked imagination and thought. They are usually shoved in a greeting card and depending on how much they are, might not cover the cost of the real gift you really wanted. In my case it was CRYPTO… The gift that keeps giving. Ask the person who accepted BitCoins for a pizza in 2012. Don’t ask the guy who paid multiple BitCoins for 1 pizza. So how can I turn what I don’t want into something I do want? Ask a friend.
Ask a friend I did. In this case I asked a community. The Facebook (Meta) group by the name of the Tulsa BitCoin Meetup. Believe me. These guys are 100x more knowledgeable than I am when it comes to the BitCoin and Crypto space. They can spit out words like Satoshi’s, Decentralized, BTFD, Rekt, and a whole slew of words and crypto slang that goes hand and hand with Bitcoin Maximalists. So why not go to a community of smart BitCoin enthusiasts with a simple question. How do I use a Prepaid Gift Card to buy crypto?
I logged into Facebook. I started to type and then retype my question. Making sure that my question didn’t sound like a BitCoin Wanksta speaking to the enthusiast. I wanted to let them know I was down with the culture. You gotta be able to walk the walk and talk the talk. Or at least try. And try I did. As I hit send I refreshed and refreshed the page 10 times. Minute 3, I got a like. Minute 8 I finally got an answer to my question.
I had questions. They had answers. Paxful. The name alone raised a few alarms. Paxful sounds too much like Taxful. Which sounds like taxes are involved. And anyone that’s in the crypto space knows we have this fear of the government coming in and trying to push us around and tell us what to do. So I had to question it. I had to ask a question to the almighty GOOOGLE.
They say be careful what you ask for. Because you just might get the answer you seek. In this case it was the answer I searched. Is Paxful a scam? And my results let me know that I wasn’t the only one whose asked this question before. . About 533,000 results (0.67 seconds). And reading some of the comments in Quora and 99bitcoins made me think that maybe I should hold off on giving my birthday money away. Maybe there was another way. A way I was using already so that I wouldn’t have to create another account and have to remember another password. That answer was PayPal.
After a quick Google search I realized that PayPal does take PrePaid gift cards as a payment type. Yay. I already have it. So this should be a piece of cake right? In the words of the late Charlie Murphy. Wrong! I had to somehow confirm that a small authorized charge was on this PrePaid card that I had no personal connection to. But the hope isn’t gone yet. Here’s What I did to get my Prepaid Gift Card linked to my PayPal account.
FINALLY when in PayPal go to the 'Settings'. Then go to 'Payments'. In the Automatic payments' section click the 'Manage automatic payments' button. Click the any merchant that you plan to use the PrePaid Gift Card (ex. 'Coinbase Inc.' tab). In the Payment method section select the pencil icon to change the method to the PrePaid Gift Card.
Wola! And there you have it. A Prepaid Gift Card successfully linked to your PayPal account. Now you can buy BitCoin straight from PayPal. Or you can use PayPal as a payment option on another site and use the Prepaid Gift Card as the payment method at checkout on other exchanges like CoinBase. Another problem solved and another Christmas miracle!
Thanks for reading! If you want to learn how to earn $10 of crypto just by signing up for CoinBase or PayPal send me a message!
And happy holidays to all. And to all a merry Crypto Christmas!