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Buy Kindle books without using gift card balance

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Initial post: Apr 5, 2012 1:37:25 PM PDT
Bridgitte J says:
I would like to see a way to purchase Kindle books without using an available gift card balance. I received a gift card personally and registered it to my account. I wanted to buy an e-book for my work and use my work credit card to purchase this and changed the one click settings (since that is what you use to purchase e-books) to reflect the work credit card and billing address. I made the purchase and it used my gift card balance. I contacted customer support in a chat session and was told it isn't possible to purchase Kindle content without using available gift card balance. I would like to see another purchase option on Kindle content, in case you have a situation that you do not want to use your gift card, but want to use another payment option. Customer Service said it wasn't possible, even if you choose Give as a Gift. Are there others that would like to see this payment option made available for Kindle purchases online?

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 1:41:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2012 1:42:17 PM PDT
One click automatically pulls from gift cards first. I use our work account to gift the book to my Kindle.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 1:42:21 PM PDT
One work-around I saw someone post recently is to buy a pre-order item(s) to use up the gift card, then go back later and cancel the pre-order and you'll get your credit back. Sounded too much work for me and I couldn't figure out why anyone would want to, but with your situation I can see it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 1:46:25 PM PDT
Beth says:
I use the workaround if I am buying things for home or work or if they are just expensive. My giftcard balance is for ebooks so I don't get a lot of $2.99 charges on my CC.

Here is a good pre order to use Developmental Neuroscience: A Comprehensive Reference
Just remember to cancel once you confirm the other order has been taken off your CC.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 1:48:48 PM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
Bridgitte, I would try setting up a second Amazon account using a different e-mail (maybe your work e-mail). Then add your corp. CC as the payment method on the second account. Then you should be able to use the second account to purchase the book as a gift to your first (personal) account.

I haven't tried it myself but we have had several posters mention they have 2 accounts.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 1:55:55 PM PDT
Yep, that one would use up pretty much any card :)
Thanks - I love finding sneaky tips like this.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 7:58:50 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 16, 2012 8:04:46 PM PDT
GnomeEd says:
If you buy from a pc you don't have to use one-click. Then you change the payment method from gift card to credit card

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 9:37:43 PM PDT
You can only purchase Kindle books using one-click--it doesn't make a difference which method you use to buy it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 9:43:35 PM PDT
AmeliaAT says:
You have to use one-click for ebooks. It is not only the default method of payment, it is the only method of payment.

My solution would be to set up a second account using the business cc, then "gift" the book to yourself and claim it using your primary account.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2012 6:40:58 PM PDT
Yes, I would and since it is impossible I will take my business elsewhere so that I can keep my gift card dollars for what I really want to spend it on...not school books. Our gift card money is for stuff other than school - tech stuff and whatnot.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2012 6:44:54 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2012 6:57:53 PM PDT
King Al says:
Did you bother reading this thread for workarounds?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2012 7:17:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 18, 2012 7:21:37 PM PDT
Yes I did, but I would like to post my opion that Amazon should fix this so everyone doesn't have to think about a way to beat the system. We should be able to choose which payment we would like to use even for a Kindle e-book purchase.

I just went in and purchase a e-mail gift card and sent it to my self for the amount of the purchases. Then I was able to re-claim my gift card for later use.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2012 7:26:51 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2012 8:35:00 PM PDT
King Al says:
That would be convenient, but that's hardly a reason to take business elsewhere. If you're shopping for ebooks, Amazon's main competitors are B&N and Apple. As far as I know, they both do the same thing as Amazon.

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 9:17:26 PM PST
D. Phelps says:
Amazon, please give us the option to buy Kindle books without using our gift card balance.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2014 10:46:01 PM PST
D. Phelps: I don't think that they will change things, seeing that the last post on this thread was over a year ago.

If you want to be certain that someone from Amazon hears your feedback, please send an email to or if you have a Fire - we are mainly Kindle owners here, not from Amazon.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 6:56:53 PM PST
I found a great work around. You can reload your gift card balance. So say you want to purchase a kindle book that's $50 but don't want to use your gift card balance of $20. You can go to your account settings, then under gift cards find the link that says "reload your gift card balance." From there you can type in any amount you want to add to your gift card. So in this scenario you add $50 to your gift card balance - it gives you the chance to select which card you want to use to add balance to your gift card. So then you purchase the book and it takes off the $50 you just added to your gift card and you still have your $20 gift card.
Still annoying but this way you can avoid using money you received as a gift on things for work, school, etc. without having to create a separate account.
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