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Video: PayPal debuts cardless checkout devices in The Home Depot

Ever wish you could pay for items in a store without having to remember your wallet? PayPal is letting customers do just that.

PayPal, the online money transfer service used most often on Ebay, has developed it’s own brand of technology for point of sale devices. The Home Depot was one of the first retailers to try out the new technology, which is available in 51 stores across the country.

Instead of having to swipe a credit or debit card, customers with PayPal accounts can just type in their mobile phone number and PayPal PIN code on the keyboard at the register to make purchases. A receipt is electronically sent to a customer’s email or cell phone.

PayPal also issues member their own cards, which can be swiped at pay stations like debit and credit cards.

The Home Depot stores in Atlanta, Omaha and the San Francisco bay area are using PayPal technology. Office Depot stores are also testing the pilot program.There are no plans to bring the PayPal service to South Florida stores just yet.

“The expanded pilot is an important step forward in delivering on PayPal’s vision for the future of commerce, anytime, anywhere, any way,” said Don Kingsborough, Vice President of Retail and Prepaid Products for PayPal.

Customers can register to use the new PayPal technology by clicking here.

PayPal is developing more ways for customers to easily keep track of their “digital wallet.” Technology is in the works that will allow shoppers to store all gift cards and loyalty points electronically and automatically apply stored money and savings right at a point of sale device.

“Imagine purchasing an oversized item from the aisle and having it shipped directly to your house in a matter of clicks,” said Carey Kolaja, Senior Director of Emerging Opportunities for PayPal.

The company opened a pop up store in New York City to showcase some of it’s new technologies and devices in October.

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Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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