Use Venmo at More Than 2 Million U.S. Merchants

By Danielle Wirsansky on October 18, 2017

Imagine this scene: A purchase is made that you and your friends plan to pay for jointly. However, only one person can pay the actual bill and the rest of you have to pay your part of the price tag back to them. You and your friends look at each other in consternation as you try to do the math and hand over the right amount of cash to pay each other. What a nightmare, right?

This nightmare can be avoided now with the rollout of Venmo’s new feature that allows customers that shop via the mobile web on their phones to make purchases at more than two million U.S. retailers. According to a recent press release, it will also allow customers to more easily divide online purchases and payments between friends. Just like that, the awkwardness and headache that comes with paying back a friend with cash or check is removed.

Customers can shop at millions of merchants that accept PayPal, including Lululemon, Forever 21, and Foot Locker using their Venmo balance or linked credit card, debit card, or bank account.

A leading mobile app used to transfer money more quickly and efficiently, Venmo, a service of PayPal, Inc., has become a household name. Venmo recently revealed a brand new campaign, dubbed “_______ Me,” which “… celebrates Venmo’s status as a household name and reminds everyone that payments can be fun.” By bringing a bold attitude to an average day, “_______ Me” celebrates the daily use of Venmo by its users. The multi-platform campaign includes digital, experiential, and outdoor advertising.

“Offering a way to pay at millions of retailers is a major step in the evolution of Venmo,” said Bill Ready, Chief Operating Officer of PayPal. “Our vision for Venmo is to not only be the go-to app for payments between friends, but also a ubiquitous digital wallet that helps consumers spend wherever and however they want to pay, regardless of device. Through 2017 and beyond, we will continue to evolve the payments experience that has helped make Venmo a cultural staple, while also applying that same magic to split, share and pay in new ways.”

For more information about Venmo, visit

Danielle Wirsansky graduated from FSU with a BA in Theatre and a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History. She is a second year graduate student in FSU's History department where she serves as the Communications Officer for the History Graduate Student Association and President of White Mouse Theatre Productions. She studied abroad in London, England for the Spring 2015 semester at FSU's study center for the Playwriting Program and interned for the English National Theatre of Israel in Summer of 2015. Her first musical, City of Light, opened as part of FSU's New Horizons Festival in Spring of 2016. She has also won the MRCE and URCAA Research grants from FSU. In the past, she served as the Marketing Director for the FSU Student Theatre Association, the intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and the research assistant of Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus. She has previously written for Context Florida (Contributing Writer), USA Today College (Contributing Writer), Sheroes of History (Contributing Blogger), No(le)Reservations (Contributing Blogger), Female, Reloaded (Arts/Entertainment Editor) , I Want a Buzz Magazine (intern), Mandarin Newsline (youth arts update columnist), Distink Designs (Guest blogger), (associate editor), (associate editor), Spark TLH (Contributor), the Tallahassee Democrat (contributor), Elan Literary Magazine (Head of Marketing), and the Improviser Newspaper (Opinions Editor).

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