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Initial post: Dec 5, 2011 6:23:50 AM PST
Lee Hasler says:
My 10yo niece is receiving a kindle 3gwireless bor her birthday. How can I set her up with an account without using a credit card?

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 6:27:03 AM PST
Denise Long says:
get her some Amazon Gift Cards.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 6:31:27 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2011 7:01:18 AM PST
No, you'll need a credit/debit card to initially set it up. When it's set up you can buy gift cards and apply them to the account and then remove the CC information.
My sister got my niece a Kindle and at the same time opened a bank account for her with a debit card. My niece put her allowance in the account to help fund her purchases. Plus, they use gift cards, too.

ETA - See Bufo's post below. Apparently I was incorrect about the need for a CC. I was going off of my experience setting up my account. Sorry it I mislead you.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 6:33:29 AM PST
Denise Long says:
sorry. :-(

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 6:37:04 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
Lee, you don't need a credit card to set up the account.

Amazon Customer Service verified that for me some time back:

What you do is go to your account, and go to

Manage Addresses and 1-Click Settings

Next, click the button to Enter a New Address.

Then, you would enter the address (did you guess that?), and then


Set the address as your default by clicking the link on the address labeled "Click here to make this your 1-Click default address." You may be prompted to associate a credit or debit card with the address, but entering one of these payment methods is not required."


There you go! You can set up 1-click without a credit card.

After that, you apply a gift certificate/card to your account, and you are in business.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 7:02:21 AM PST
Thanks, Bufo. I edited my post above to reflect your information.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 7:06:23 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
Not to worry, Pineapple...if it had been obvious, I wouldn't have asked Kindle Customer Service. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 7:13:48 AM PST
I've learned so much from you, Bufo. ;-) I am sometimes incorrect and don't mind admitting it!

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 7:25:43 AM PST
A. Lupton says:
She won't be able to buy apps (even free ones) without cc info even if you have funds from a gift card on the account. I was attempting to do the same thing. I will input my cc info, buy them some apps, and then delete cc info. Kind of a pain, but necessary.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 9:14:30 AM PST
A Lupton - one can purchase a gift credit card and set it up for one click purchases to acquire apps ( free and paid ). I have several friends that use that method

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 9:17:57 AM PST
cmpmom says:
You need a cc to buy apps. What I've been wondering if it would work is to buy one of those visa gift cards that are sold on the racks wherever they sell gift cards. I'm assuming you just put in your shipping address for the billing address.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 9:25:33 AM PST
T. E. Maddox says:
I am thinking about giving fires for gifts but now am cautious with the info that you need a credit card to even get the free apps. That just seems strange to me.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 10:55:56 AM PST
GrandpaJohn says:
Ok, so in my case my CC# is associated with my Amazon acct because I buy other items from Amazon totally apart from the Kindle et al. So if I change and put a gift card there, say a $50 one, I assume that the $50 is available for any/all Amazon purchases, not just Kindle books etc, IOW the acct is Amazon wide. If so, and if I wanted to buy a $60 item, the purchase would be denied because the card value on file ($50)is < the cost of the item I wish to purchase($60). Am I on track here? <all the more reason to use a regular CC for our own personal purchases>

Having said that, and having never purchased a gift card, how would one increase the value of the existing one on file for the scenario I painted above? ASSUMPTION: you cannot increase the value of an existing card but rather buy another, file it and you're in the green again. Am I correct here too?

Obviously I'm trying to figure out which is the best approach for my own purchases etc, which I'm thinking is to simply leave my card info there and hush<G>.

Gift cards sound like an excellent way to get someone jump started or just as a gift - Kewl!

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 11:29:17 AM PST
cmpmom says:
Not sure I understand this completely, but if you have a $50 gc are account, and you want to purchase a $60 item, one of two things would happen. If you also have a cc on account, it would take your $50 gc and put the remaining $10 on your cc.

If, you have deleted your cc from the account, your purchase will be declined.

The only way I know of to purchase additional gift card is to go online, but I don't have a fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 11:46:37 AM PST
Beth says:
For things other than ebooks and audio you could put the CC back and specify to use that then remove when the purchase is complete.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2014 12:36:08 PM PST
Dat says:
I need help on this to sucks because I really want some games but I need a credit card..I'm only a kid :(

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2014 1:06:43 PM PST
Well, how would you be paying for them, anyway? Do you get allowance? Mow lawns? How do you earn money?

When you HAVE some money, you can take it to almost any store (like a CVS, or a WalMart, Target, RiteAid, etc...) and buy a "pre-paid" Visa card. You might have to have an adult do it.

Then you take it home, come online here to Amazon, go to Your Account, and put the card information in.
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