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How to buy e-books using gift card balance

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Initial post: Nov 15, 2012 6:55:01 PM PST
Lydia says:
Can you buy ebooks using a redeemed gift card?

It happens like this: whenever I try to buy an ebook, the server won't accept my gift card code. I'm sure it's correct- I checked it multiple times. It keeps saying that it's wrong, however.

I only want to pay through my gift card balance. And the only other options are credit card or amazon store card.

Is there a way I can purchase ebooks using my gift card? Thanks so much!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 6:57:25 PM PST
Lydia, you need to apply the gift card to your account. Click on Your Account up at the top right of the page, then look in the Payments area. You'll see Apply a Gift Card to Account. Click that, and type in the code.

All 1-click purchases, which Kindle books are, will pull from that balance. If you buy something using the Cart, you'll be able to exclude that balance when you go through the Check Out process.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 7:01:10 PM PST
Lydia says:
Thank you, but I have applied the code to my account already. The balance is just sitting there! I realized that the option to use gift card + promotional blah blah things only shows up when I buy non-digital items. :/ I hope amazon can get back to me soon! I'm not sure whether it's just me being really stupid or something. Oh well. Thanks anyway!

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 7:10:10 PM PST
Bixillarla says:
If you have applied the code to your account then you are set. When you purchase a ebook it will use the gift card balance first, once the balance runs out then it will charge your credit card.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 10:00:47 PM PST
Lydia says:
I sure hope it works out to be as simple as you say it. Thanks! I'll go try again!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 11:56:49 PM PST
Bixillarla says:
It is, I use gift cards all the time to get my Ebooks.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 12:02:18 AM PST
saraf says:
Lydia, don't try to enter the code again. Once you enter the code it stays there, and Amazon will use the gift card balance for all purchases until it runs out.

Just chose a book, and click the Buy button. The amount will immediately be deducted from the card balance.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 4:18:29 AM PST
Lydia says:
Thanks for all the input guys! It turns out there was too little in my account as I didn't think about tax. I accidentally charged 17 cents to my mum's credit card instead. Ooops :x But anyway, i got the book! :) Haha, is it bad to be happy? :o

Thanks again! :)

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 10:58:31 AM PDT
I have a gift card balance of $7.78 and want to buy a $1.99 e-book. When I go to buy all I get is that my credit cards are
out of date (which they aren'!

James Dodds

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2015 11:06:01 AM PDT
A. Dietz says:
You need to be sure the card assigned to your 1-click payment settings is also up to date. Click on Your Account at the top of the page, scroll down to Settings, and click on the 1-Click Settings link.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2015 1:15:09 PM PDT
Thank you. It wasn't and that seems to have fixed the problem...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2015 1:43:02 PM PDT
A. Dietz says:
Glad that fixed it for you.

Posted on May 25, 2015 1:19:14 PM PDT
I have a gift card balance in my account, now how can I buy the ebook?

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2015 1:35:49 PM PDT
Did you even bother to read the responses in this thread? I mean, the VERY FIRST response answers your question.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 12:29:31 PM PST
I have plenty of money in my gift card balance but whenever i purchase an e-book amazon charges my credit card and leaves my gift card balance untouched. How do I change this?!?!?!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2016 12:43:39 PM PST
flipoid says:
Is the amount of the purchase actually showing on your credit card statement? If you look at the Order Summary too soon, it will show as if it is taking from the credt card. But if you look at the email confirmation, it should show "gift card" in the itemization of your purchase.

If the email receipt doesn't reflect the gift card deduction, then it could be a couple of things:

(1) You are not in the US and are trying to use another country's gift card funds on the .com site (for example, an gift card), or vice-versa.

(2) Something on your account is messed up and you should contact Amazon (Help link at either top or bottom of every Amazon page, then "Need More Help?" and "Contact Us") to see if it is something Amazon needs to straighten out.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 4:35:02 PM PDT
Maureen P. says:
I have a groupon gift card. Can I apply it to my Kindle e book purchases?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2016 4:51:32 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2016 5:10:17 PM PDT
A. Dietz says:
Is it an Amazon gift card? If so you can apply it to your account. If it's a MasterCard, Visa, or Amex gift card, you can use it like a regular credit card. If it's some other kind of gift card, no.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2016 8:37:45 AM PDT
This matter was settled quite a while ago, but thanks for your input. Please close this inquiry. Happy 4th :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2016 9:28:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 4, 2016 9:29:55 AM PDT
A. Dietz says:
"Please close this inquiry."

I wasn't responding to you. Click on the "in reply to" link at the top right of my response, I was responding to Maureen P.

You're posting to other customers on a public, unmonitored Kindle discussion forum, nobody can close this discussion, people can continue to post in it as long as they want. If you no longer wish to be notified of future comments, unsubscribe to this discussion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2016 9:31:44 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2016 10:20:41 AM PDT
Yup, yer right. So how do I detach myself from this thread? :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2016 10:26:56 AM PDT
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Katinka says:
Just stop replying to the posts. There's no way to delete the thread now that it's gotten replies on it, but if you really want to you can go back through and delete your own posts.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2016 11:19:04 AM PDT
If you're getting e-mails when someone posts to this thread, go to the top of this page and click to stop tracking.
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