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Initial post: Jan 16, 2014 8:03:41 AM PST
P. Ridge says:
I purchased a gift certificate for my nephew who is 12. He has a kindle account but cannot use the gift certificate because he needs to have a credit card......this is wrong....I want him to be able to look for books in Amazon and purchase them with his gift card. Anyone else have this problem?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2014 8:14:07 AM PST
There is no such thing as a "Kindle" account. If he has a Kindle, it must be registered to an Amazon account. And to buy e-books, there DOES need to be a U.S.-address credit card on file, to ensure that the account holder resides in the U.S.

WHOSE Amazon account is his Kindle registered to? That person would need to apply the gift card to the account.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2014 8:15:01 AM PST
Wait. I notice that your location indicates Mexico City. Is your nephew in Mexico, or the U.S.?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2014 8:24:48 AM PST
Get a prepaid credit card for a small amount that he can put on his Amazon account.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2014 8:49:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2014 8:49:53 AM PST
You do not need to have a credit card to use the gift card balance to pay for Kindle books, but you do need to set up a 1-click billing address.

Updating 1-Click Settings for Gift Card Purchases
You are not required to have a credit or debit card on your account to make digital purchases, but you must establish a default 1-Click billing address on your account to use gift cards for digital purchases. If you don't already have a 1-Click billing address on your account, follow the instructions below to add an address without entering a credit or debit card to your account.

To add a 1-Click Billing Address for Gift Card purchases:
1) Visit the Manage Addresses and 1-Click Settings page in Your Account.
2) Click the Enter a new address button.
3) Enter the address information and click the Continue button.

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.

Redeeming Gift Cards
You must first redeem a Gift Card to Your Account. The funds the will be applied automatically to your next Kindle book purchase on your Kindle or from the Kindle Store on

To redeem a Gift Card to Your Account:
1) Visit the Your Account page.
2) Click "Apply a Gift Card to your account."
3) Sign in with your e-mail address and password.
4) Enter your claim code and click "Redeem now." Your funds will automatically be applied to your next order.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 9:15:16 AM PST
KaJoLa says:
As Thomas Palmer said, you don't need a credit card. My daughter started her Amazon account with just a gift certificate and she used that to purchase her kindle books.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 2:21:06 PM PST
samkitty says:
As Folina asked where is the nephew? Gift Cards are only valid in USA. They can not be used in Mexico so even if the nephew got a card it wouldn't help.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2014 2:32:32 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2014 2:34:45 PM PST
They're valid *in the USA store*. It doesn't matter where you live; if you're registered to amazon US, you can apply the GC.

And as for not needing a credit card, that's certainly not true for Australians registered to the US store. The purchases simply won't proceed unless there's a CC attached to the account, even when there's a healthy GC balance.

Edited for typo

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2014 3:37:57 PM PST
Lisa says:
Right underneath the Give as a Gift button there is a link in blue "Enter a Promo Code or Gift Card". Can he enter the code there? The last time I had cards, I used that link instead of loading the cards in "My Account".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2014 7:50:44 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
Lisa, yes, that's new. From what I understand, it actually ends up applying the gift card to the account, just like the old way did, but it does seem more convenient and intuitive to me to have it on the book's product page.
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