Sponsored by Mastercard
Online shopping has become something that many people do. I think my first experience of online shopping was probably eBay, but these days it can be a really convenient way to find items you need, or want, that you can’t get locally. I’m not a huge online shopper as I want to touch, feel and really see clothing and try it on before I buy, but I do dally in it every now and again, particularly for nabbing a great bargain that isn’t size relevant (though I have dabbled more recently in shopping online for clothes) that I wouldn’t find at my local mall (or just couldn’t). These days you often get better value online. I know that I bought my laptop online because the prices were better than in store, and it was delivered to my door (and who doesn’t love getting a package delivered!). And if you live in a more remote location where local shopping selections aren’t that great, then the online shopping world is a complete bonus, and most likely a necessity for you.
One of the biggest worries consumers have with online shopping is that of scams or fraud. There are many very safe retailers to shop with, but sometimes you may not be sure, and we’ve all heard stories of hackers getting at sensitive information. This is why it’s great that MasterCard has launched a new secure way to pay online called MasterPass, in conjunction with many of the banks. With MasterPass, your payment and shipping information is stored by your bank in one safe place. This means you can checkout with confidence and fearlessly shop the world whenever you see ‘Buy with MasterPass’, you don’t have to keep inputting your payment details when you shop online, it stores them for you ready to use and makes checking out faster, easier and safe.
I recently tried out the service to see how easy it is. I first had to set up my digital bank wallet which I did here, which linked my bank, my credit cards and MasterPass together and then it was as easy as visiting one of the retailers who use this payment method. When I went to the checkout, I just had to put in my password and answer a security question, instead of inputting all my credit card and shipping details. Now I only need to store my credit card details in one place which makes it simple and convenient to shop online. I bought these fabulous sunglasses from Ozsale using Masterpass and it was so easy!