Adult entertainment website Pornhub after being ditched by VISA and MasterCard is now only accepting payment in cryptos. What could that do the already climbing price of Bitcoin?
In a major move for the cryptocurrency adoption, US payment giant PayPal announced that it has joined the cryptocurrency market. Customers will, in early 2021, be able to buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrencies directly from their PayPal account. The motivation behind this shift was the migration to digital payments that was driven by the COVID-19 […]
Following Facebook’s announcement of Libra, there was a brief honeymoon phase where crypto and tech enthusiasts celebrated the coming of this digital currency which would leverage Facebook’s digital footprint of 2.45+ billion users. Fast forward 7 months and that enthusiasm has died down. A number of Libra association members have stepped down with Vodafone being […]
On the 4th of March, the United States President, Donald J. Trump extended US sanctions against Zimbabwe or against individuals in Zimbabwe. The real truth lies somewhere in the middle and is an issue of political debate. Of course all kinds of reactions have resulted from this decision by the United States government. Our government […]
One of the things you quickly learn when you join the eCommerce scene is that PayPal is king. Sure there are plenty of other ways you can receive and make payments but PayPal is definitely one of the most widely accepted and supported internationally. The second thing you learn as a Zimbabwean is that Zimbabwean […]
Every now and again, we receive a question from readers asking us if they can receive money in the Zimbabwean PayPal accounts. The answer right now (October 2018) is that you cannot. PayPal hasn’t yet opened this functionality for their Zimbabwean subscribers. How to Check? In case you’re reading this article sometime well after October […]
A lot of people apparently took advantage of the $9.99 Udemy offer from last week but if you were for some reason unable there is no need to despair: You can still enrol into a Udemy course of your choosing for $10.99 or Ecocash $15 (see below for details). What the heck is Udemy? A […]
Mobile money service platform, M-Pesa users will soon be able to participate in global e-commerce after it announced a collaboration with worldwide online payments system, PayPal. The service will facilitate M-Pesa users to shop with PayPal merchants and smoothly transfer funds between M-Pesa and PayPal accounts consequently increasing commerce nationally and internationally. Qualifying M-Pesa users […]
Usually we write what we think you want to read. Sometimes we’re right about this but other times that just means stuff that you’d like us to cover never gets the chance. We want to change this. Every Thursday we’ll be doing an #AskTechzim video, in which we’ll answer stuff that you ask us via […]
For a couple of years now PayPal has been ‘active’ in Zimbabwe. Yes, some of you that are across rivers and bridges may sigh and say ‘big deal, so what?’, but this has been a struggle for us, not only as residents in Zimbabwe, but even for mere visitors to our land. Getting paid through […]
This adds to the frustrations that we face in a cash strapped economy that has its eyes opened wide for foreign capital injections. Whatever inflows that could be coming via PayPal are not making their way into Zimbabwe when it needs them the most.
Have you ever stumbled upon a thought, thinking just how possible it could be to send money using Bluetooth technology, how easy your life would be if it only meant not going through the banking process or other money transfer services? Well, this is the twenty first century. The only time when spending money is way […]
There are instances when you are either travelling or have a friend or relative in the diaspora and need to send money to them. Yes, the flow of funds is not just one way, but undoubtedly more funds come into Zimbabwe than go out (I’m not referring to payments for goods here, but rather peer […]
This weekend we (my friends and I) decided to have a little get together and watch all the airing football matches together, something that we do every other weekend. As is also always the case we found ourselves debating over every topic under the sun during the breaks but this time online shopping (specifically why […]
You may have read an article in yesterday’s Sunday Mail (and last week’s NewsDay actually) about a new online music distribution site for Zimbabwean music called Jive Zimbabwe. They are here. This is actually not the first time Jive Zimbabwe has “launched” so it should be a relaunch really. The first launch happened almost two years ago […]
An update for ZSE investment application ZimStocks has been released with a set of new features that were largely influenced by feedback from the users. More importantly the ZimStocks team has introduced a subscription model to start generating revenue through the app. Membership gives access to the app’s features like Home, Portfolio, Watchlist, Alerts, Stock Insights.This […]
PayPal has just announced its active user base figure in South Africa, and it’s 1 million! Great yes, that so many more people can pay using what has become the defacto payment gateway of the internet. 1 million is however still less than 1% of PayPal’s active user accounts globally of 152 million and at home in South Africa, 1 million […]
In a previous article we looked at how Amazon was reportedly piloting a library like feature where customers could access books for a fixed monthly charge. We went on to look at other similar services like Oyster Books and Scribd which are currently on the market. All to often most of these services and pilots […]
For those of you who are avid online buyers, here’s a hack that will allow you to use your MasterCard with Telecash. This solution has been available ever since Telecash launched in Zimbabwe and has been possible because of their “interoperability”. Enjoy!!! (You can thank me later) What you will need to use MasterCard with Telecash A […]
Here’s something that every local music fan who isn’t living under a rock knows by now – Global superstar John Legend will be performing in Zimbabwe on the 19th of November 2014 as part of his “All of Me” Tour. If you are not acquainted with his music or simply are not a fan this […]
But there may be some of you who are wondering what all the excitement is about. Why is everyone (well at least those online) excited about being able to PAY other people and NOT SELL their goods and service?
As Zimbabweans we have been a deprived lot. If it is not one nation introducing Visas so that we can’t visit them, then it is another banning the use of our ETDs (Emergency Travel Documents) when going to visit. Our misfortunes have also been prominent online. Facebook did not allow us to advertise to followers […]
UPDATE: Right now the cards that are working online and with PayPal in Zimbabwe are the USD pre-funded MasterCard/Visa cards which are being issued by some banks for example FBC, Steward Bank, NMB… Some banks still have well functioning non pre-funded MasterCard/Visa debit cards but with strict restrictions on online payments. Please check with your […]
This, it turns out, is a payments week! It’s official, PayPal is coming to Zimbabwe starting tomorrow, 17 June 2014. The announcement was made today by Rupert Keeley, the executive in charge PayPal’s Europe Middle East and Africa region, in an interview he gave to Reuters. PayPal will be opening up its services to Zimbabwe and […]
Because Pay Pal has continually requested that Techzim take down pictures containing its trademark, I’ve decided to put a picture of these two pot bellied pigs instead, no symbolism intended, enjoy. Many Zimbabweans don’t buy the story that sanctions against Zimbabwe affect everyone, that is until they attempt to use PayPal with a Zimbabwean credit card. […]
In this series we will look at how you can use PayPal to buy and sell in a country where has restrictions, like Zimbabwe. This is the second article in the series. Update: Recently, PayPal contacted our webhosts with a request to take down this page because it “uses our trademarks inappropriately.” We assumed they meant their […]
In this series we will look at how to buy and sell using PayPal from Zimbabwe. Update: Recently, PayPal contacted our webhosts with a request to take down this page because it “uses our trademarks inappropriately.” We assumed they meant their logo and not all the content on the page. We have therefore removed the […]
On 20 November this year Google will close(retire) its Google Checkout service. This will mean that merchants who have used the service as a checkout option will have to find an alternative. The exact effects on you will depend on what you sell: If you sell digital goods you can switch to Google Wallet for […]
Just like in a supermarket, after which many online shopping carts are modelled, you will have to pay for the product you want to buy before it is shipped to you. The accepted payment methods vary from seller to seller. The ways to effect payment range from simple and common like the use of a debit card or Western Union to complex electronic money methods like webmoney and bitcoin.
Ever since the introduction of the multiple currency system in Zimbabwe, online shopping has become somewhat simpler. Hitherto problems like obtaining an internationally accepted Visa/ MasterCard, hyperinflation and limited internet connections had hampered the widespread adoption of e-commerce.