Do you need to shop online without a Credit Card? For instance, your business may need to purchase a domain name or hosting for a website design project with us. You may also need to shop online for goods from the United States, China, or other countries.
Not having a Credit Card could become a significant stumbling block for your business. However, have no fear. The following are ways in which you can enjoy online shopping without a credit card in Trinidad and Tobago or other countries.
1. Use a personal shopping service company
One of the primary ways to shop online without a credit card is to use a personal shopping service company. These companies help clients buy various items from foreign online eCommerce shopping stores such as Amazon or Shein. They would use their credit card information to purchase your online shopping item.
The local companies in Trinidad and Tobago that provide this service include:
- eZone eZ Shopper
- AeroPost Bring Your Link
- CSF Couriers Online Shopper
- Majestic Xpress Personal Shopper Service
The above companies are all reputable Freight Forwarding or Skybox companies. A skybox company is a company that gives you a Skybox address for online shopping WITH a Credit Card. A skybox address is a US address used as the shipping address instead of your local address in Trinidad and Tobago.
However, if you need to shop online without a Credit Card, here is how you would use the personal shopping service provider:
- Firstly, browse online for the shopping item you would like to purchase.
- Copy the website address link and supply the link to the service provider for purchase.
- Make a payment of fees to the personal shopping service provider.
- After approval and payment confirmation, the service provider then purchases the item for you on your behalf.
Using a personal shopping service company is the best way to shop online without a credit card.
2. Use local payment options
You can use local payment options to shop online without a credit card.
If you have an International Debit Visa card, you can purchase items on foreign online stores such as Amazon. If your debit card only allows local LINX online purchases, you must shop in local online shopping stores such as OnYourIsland. The debit cards from local banks now come equipped with a chip card, visa numbers, and expiry dates.
Since the Covid-19 Pandemic, Trinidad and Tobago has seen an upsurge in the number of local online stores and online marketplaces. Businesses now recognize the tremendous benefits of having a professional online presence. Some local online shopping stores even allow you to pay via cash-on-delivery or cheque. This method bypasses the need for Credit Card or Debit Card altogether.
If the local online store does not have your desired item, you must trek to multiple local brick-and-mortar stores to hunt for the item. This hassle, however, is why many people prefer online shopping.
3. Ask a friend to purchase the item
When all else fails, you can ask for help. Asking a friend for help is another way to shop online without a Credit Card in Trinidad and Tobago. If your friend is abroad and travels back to the country soon, they can purchase the items for you.
If it is a service-oriented item that you need to purchase online, then your friend can buy the item for you online with their credit card. However, this is not a practical solution for serious-minded businesses.
So, the next time you are online and desire to purchase an item, take note of the website address. Then use one of the above options to make a purchase.