SINGAPORE, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- PayPal and comGateway today announced the Asia Pacific launch of HopShopGo that enables consumers to conveniently shop, buy and ship from over 300,000 U.S. online retailers at the touch of a keyboard and a click of a mouse. HopShopGo is now open for business across the region - in particular for shopping-happy consumers in Australia, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia - at . All consumers need to get started is a PayPal account to enjoy the benefits of this exclusive e-destination from today onwards.

HopShopGo is a one-stop online shopping site that takes care of consumers' payment and shipping needs, typically the two biggest barriers for online and overseas shopping. PayPal has teamed up with comGateway to provide a faster, safer online payment experience, while enabling consumers to find and snap up bargains and bestsellers from U.S. retailers, even those who do not ship to Asia Pacific or accept purchases outside of the U.S. What really makes HopShopGo truly special is a Buyer Protection policy* plus 10% lower shipping fees when shoppers pay via PayPal.

According to the Asia Digital Marketing Association (ADMA) 2010 Report, 39% of online shoppers across the region say they buy from overseas websites with the top reasons for online shopping include: convenience of being able to shop anytime; compare prices to get better deals; and finding and comparing products.

With HopShopGo, consumers across Asia Pacific can now easily get their hands on well-known U.S. brands for fashion, electronics, health & wellness, homeware and more, such as:

-- Fashion: Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue

-- Electronics: RitzCamera, NewEgg, BestBuy

-- Health & Wellness: MacCosmetics, Drugstore, Bath and Body Works

-- Homeware: OverStock, Costco, Williams-Sonoma

"Shopaholics no longer have to wait for the latest trends and items to hit their shores as HopShopGo provides easy access to the most famous brands and products in the U.S. With our Buyer Protection policy, consumers will have greater confidence shopping on HopShopGo knowing that they can get a full refund for the eligible items they purchased from the U.S. but did not receive," said Nimish Dwivedi, Regional Marketing Head, PayPal Asia Pacific.

"Cross-border shopping is on the rise, as consumers are increasingly exposed to international fashion, cultural and technology products. So PayPal and comGateway have made shopping from the U.S. easier by allowing consumers to sign up at HopShopGo with their PayPal account. On top of the savings from shopping online over physical stores, users can benefit from many other exclusive discounts on HopShopGo," said Wee Yirong, Business Development Director, comGateway.

Online shopping experience with better consumer protection and more savings

When shopping on HopShopGo with their PayPal account, consumers will enjoy these benefits:

-- Faster shopping with express checkout: They do not have to

enter their financial details every time they buy an item.

-- Greater confidence with Buyer Protection Policy: They will

get a full refund if they do not receive the eligible items

that they ordered.

-- Lower shipping fees for greater savings: They will enjoy a

further 10% shipping discount.

-- More security through online financial privacy: Their financial

information is not shared with merchants.

"Online shopping allows me to find and buy items that can only be found overseas, like the latest items from I also get to enjoy better deals, especially when international sales are on and now when the Singapore dollar is strong," said Jerry Loi, 26, IT executive from Singapore. "With HopShopGo, I now can shop, pay and ship more easily and with bigger savings, while I can relax with greater peace of mind as my financial details and purchases are protected by PayPal."

So how does it work?

For those who are new to overseas online shopping, HopShopGo is convenient to use. You can simply:

1. Hop online ( )

2. Shop and select their must-have items from a wide range of

U.S. retailers

3. Go straight to checkout using PayPal's safer, more secure

online payment system

Shopping with confidence and ease on HopShopGo is assured as customers are able to take advantage of a variety of services adding to this unique shopping experience:

-- Use the BuyForMe service in case your preferred payment

method is not accepted by a retailer. HopShopGo will simply

buy the product on the shopper's behalf providing unlimited

access to sites.

-- A ShipforMe service is also offered on HopShopGo, overcoming

international shipping restrictions to Asia Pacific and arranging

delivery of your items to your door for stores that don't offer

international delivery.

Launch Promotions

Celebrating this launch, consumers shopping on HopShopGo will get to enjoy:

-- First 2kg international shipping waiver*: For the first 3,000

registered users of HopShopGo who make a purchase with PayPal

before September 30, 2010.

-- Prime Membership for the first three months*: Consumers will be

entitled to a discount of up to 15% on shipping charges, 30%

reduction on service fee, longer free storage period and more!

* Terms and conditions apply.

About PayPal

PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online. The service allows members to send payments without sharing financial information, with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, bank accounts (where available), credit cards and other methods. With more than 87 million active accounts in 190 markets and 24 currencies around the world, PayPal enables global e-commerce. The company's open payment platform, PayPal X, allows developers to build innovative payment applications on multiple platforms and devices. More information about the company can be found at .

PayPal is headquartered in San Jose, California and its international headquarters is located in Singapore.

About comGateway

comGateway was established in 2000 with its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. comGateway offers online shopping services that enable customers globally to shop from US websites, including those stores that do not ship internationally or accept credit cards issued outside the U.S. The company offers several products that partner with reputable banks and payment companies such as Visa and American Express. It also partners DHL, as its official logistics partner. comGateway's US operation is in Portland Oregon and it also operates commercially in more than 200 countries.

For more information on HopShopGo, PayPal and comGateway, please contact:

Dickson Seow

PayPal Asia Pacific


Tel: +65-6510-6463

Jolin Tan / Jeremy Seow

Text 100 Public Relations (for PayPal)


Tel: +65-6603-9000

Wee Yirong



Tel: +65-6289-8993

SOURCE PayPal; comGateway