What is PayPal and how does it work?

PayPal is a safer, simpler, smarter way to send and receive money online.

You can use PayPal to shop on eBay as well as thousands of other websites, or to send money quickly to anyone with an email address. You can also use PayPal on the high street where the number of shops accepting PayPal is growing.

Paying with PayPal is also faster. Once you’ve linked your card or bank account to your PayPal account, you won’t need to provide all of your card details every time you shop online. PayPal remembers all your financial details, so you don’t have to, and we do not share them with sellers.

Signing up for an account is easy, and it’s free. All you need is an email address.

PayPal is available worldwide and in all major currencies.

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