How To Order Pizza With PayPal

Your stomach is rumbling and the fridge is empty. What do you do? You pull up your favorite pizza place’s website, choose the most delectable pizza, and go to the checkout page. That’s when you notice something… no PayPal button. Shoot, now what?

Why don’t restaurants accept PayPal?

PayPal is an incredibly popular way to pay and get paid online. Why is it so rare for restaurants to accept PayPal as a payment method?

The unique thing about restaurants is that the product is always provided to the customer in-person. That means there is no shipping company involved in the delivery of the product. Unfortunately, to meet the basic requirements of PayPal Seller Protection, a business must have proof of shipment from a shipping company. And for “Item Not Received” and “Unauthorized Transaction” claims, proof of delivery, not just shipment, is also required.

Without the ability to meet Seller Protection requirements, restaurants are exposed to a much higher risk of losing money to fraudsters. As a result, PayPal is not a very attractive option for restaurants. It makes a lot more sense for them to consider payment processors that aren’t so heavily geared towards ecommerce and shipped products.

How do I order pizza with PayPal?

Despite most pizza places not accepting PayPal, there are still some easy workarounds to get the job done. The easiest method is to buy a Papa John’s or Domino’s gift card with your PayPal account. If you don’t want to do that, there are some other options that may suit you better.

Buy a Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, or Domino’s Gift Card with PayPal

This option is the fastest and easiest for most PayPal users. Just purchase a digital gift card to your favorite pizza place with your PayPal account, and then use that gift card to order some delicious pizza.

  • Speed: less than 10 minutes
  • Requirements: none
  • Fees: none

Get a PayPal Business Debit MasterCard

The PayPal Business Debit MasterCard is a card that pulls directly from your PayPal balance or a backup bank account. You need to have a business account and go through some verification to receive the card, but once you have it, you can use it as a debit or credit card anywhere that accepts MasterCard.

  • Speed: 2-4 weeks for initial setup, instant thereafter
  • Requirements: PayPal business account
  • Fees: none

Transfer to your Bank Account

Linking a bank account to your PayPal account allows you to transfer your PayPal balance to your bank account. Once the funds are in your bank account, you can use your debit card as payment for ordering pizza.

  • Speed: 1-3 business days for free, instant for a fee
  • Requirements: bank account
  • Fees:
    • PayPal fee: free for standard transfer, 1% fee for instant transfer
    • Bank fee: some banks charge fees for electronic transfers


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