Procurement · 14 November 2017

PayPal launches Money Pools online whip round? service

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PayPal has launched its Money Pools service in 16 countries
Payment platform PayPal has launched its new Money Pools service, that’s been described as the equivalent of having an online whip round.

The idea behind PayPal Money Pools is that if something needs paying for collectively amongst a group of friends or family members for example, a Money Pool can be set up for everyone to pay into.

PayPal has said Money Pools can be set up to pay for almost anything in a secure way. Payments for special events and group gifts can be made via the service, as can payments for trips.

It is thought PayPal’s Money Pools service could prove very useful to small business owners. It could be used for planning and paying for work events, splitting the costs of gifts for co-workers and paying business travel costs, for example.

PayPal has claimed Money Pools cannot be considered the same as crowdfunding, since those that pay into a Money Pool don’t hold ownership over any service developed off the back of the finance raised.

In a blog post announcing the service, PayPal said: Money Pools were created to provide the millions of people who already use PayPal P2P with a more personalised and organised way to share expenses for things like travel, gifts, celebrations and even recurring expenses like rent and utilities.

Money Pools have this week been launched in 16 countries worldwide. As well as the UK, the service has also been launched in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the US.



Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.