Visa’s V.me Product Review
V.me is pretty simple. you go to Visa’s V.me website, and create a free account. After the account has been made you type in the credit card(s) of your choice, your billing info, and your desired shipping info. So you are probably asking.. ok, why? Or maybe seems kinda lame and does not have much purpose.. BUT for a personal online lovin’ shopper like myself it is a safe, secure, site to store your credit card info/shipping info so that you do not need to whip out the CC every time you want to make an online purchase. So yah, it is pretty great.. because you can shop till you drop without blinking an eye! When I signed on to do this review I was required to sign up, and use the service to make a purchase. After searching around their website I found a list of the sites that currently participate in V.me and opted to try the service for a purchase on LivingSocial.
At first it was a little confusing, since I usually have the auto-pay on LivingSocial and saw that they have a “Change payment” options.. which allowed me to sign in to V.me and make my purchase! It was super easy to use. I was then able to enjoy a wonderful dinner out with McMorg and Crazy Baby. (So, you might notice that I “purchased” ice cream via LS, well I took ALL these photos for my purchase to a restaurant, and when I went to find them, they were MISSING! Sooo I reenacted the purchase for you all to see)
Ok, so here are my few MINOR critiques regarding V.me.
1. I would have preferred a simple short paragraph telling me about V.me and what it does rather then a video. I have a young child, I dont usually have time to watch a video.. but I can quickly read something to know if I would like to sign up.
2. The list of currently participating online stores was not accessible AT ALL.. UNLESS you signed up and created an account. I get it, Visa wants you to sign up rather then see if you like any of the stores, and if you dont you leave… but I found it a little annoying that I had to go through all the steps in order to see if I would be using it.
2. Then, once I was signed up the list was hidden under the “customer service” link… which wasnt a place I might have looked initially… I know I only did it because I wanted to scope everything out for the review. It should have its own spot where consumers can easily find it!
3. I realized only after signing up and seeing the list of storefronts that were participating that the BUSINESS also needs to sign up and be willing to create a payment option on their site in order for you to pay via V.me…. I am not truly sure if this is even possible BUT if you were able to sign into V.me when you started your online shopping experience, then since you are signed in, you could use it as a maybe a shopping cart service regardless of your shopping destination so you could utilize the 1-click payment/shipping experience I think it could be an amazing service that could change the way we shop online.
With all that said here is my final verdict. I think V.me is great idea, yes, it has some website quirks, and storefronts need to get on board to really use it to its fullest BUT it is def. something that you should sign up and try out… why not, what do you have to lose? It really does make your shopping experience that much easier and more streamlined.
ENJOY, AND SHOP AWAY!
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