If you're like most people, all you want for Christmas is some
savings. Forget your two front teeth or Mariah Carey singing
about wanting "you," the average consumer is expected to spend $838
this holiday season, according to Discover's
Annual Holiday Shopping Survey, and it's important to soften
the impact on your bank account.
The question is how.
There are a number of tried-and-true holiday savings methods,
including taking advantage of sales on Black Friday and Cyber
Monday, selling unused gift cards for cash, and doing some
comparison shopping online.
Recently (Monday?) PayPal pissed off a lot of people. You may have seen the story on Jezebel, Consumerist, or a bunch of other outlets: Regretsy collected $2 donations from thousands of users to buy toys for needy kids for Christmas via a PayPal "Donate" button. PayPal froze the account and went on to provide a very nice example of how not to treat your users. Anyway, last I heard it was being worked out--someone at PayPal issued an apology and promised a donation to the Regretsy cause.
Still for many people online it was one more nail in the coffin of PayPal. All you have to do is a little Googling to read page after page of complaints against them. So here are a handful of viable alternatives I was able to find while looking online. There are pros and cons to all of them, and most likely you will still need a PayPal account in order to pay some online sellers. But you should definitely check these out: