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i wanted to buy smething from ebay the otha day bt bkoz i didnt know hw to pay fo the stuff wen yu in zim,i ended up settling for smething less ideal which i got in twn. Wat banks in zim offer cards that are acceptable wen buying stuff online?

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by Contributor (5.7k points)
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due to sanctions Zim is barred from international Online-payment systems such as Paypal  .
by new here (180 points)
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Not true, Zim IP is blocked by PayPal voluntiraly, but other services such as money bookers etc work fine.  I have used a few different online services as well such as steam.

See my answer for a more detailed explanation
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by new here (180 points)
Paypal has Zim IP addresses and card address verification services blocked.  But other online processing engines such as world pay, money bookers etc will accept any Zimbabwe card that is backed by a bank which is capable of integrating with it eg the VISA online regulations.  The easiest way to check this is if the card has a CVV value (the short code at the end of the card no) or actually says VISA (not visa electron that is different).  A few banks do do this eg Standard Charted, Stanbic, CBZ, NMB and a few others.

Unfortunately with Paypal being the biggest used gateway you might need to contact the vendor to ask about other payment methods, most will accept it through another route, at worst a transfer.

The only other problem you might run into is with online services that do not have a server in Zimbabwe, in which case the card will work but it will not be able to validate your address as they only allow addresses for countries they have working servers.  An example of this is Playstation Network.  However you can purchase credit directly off the internet and top it up from the code.  Other non region locked services work fine.
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