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Vanilla Visa Gift Card won't go through

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By Matthew Ecker, 31-Dec-2011 12:37 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I'm attempting to purchase Battlefield 3 with it and I keep updating the information only to receive more emails from Amazon about how it will be processed soon, but my orders page says I need to re-enter it. Help me please.

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By reg, 31-Dec-2011 12:39 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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31-Dec-2011 12:37 America/Los_Angeles

I'm attempting to purchase Battlefield 3 with it and I keep updating the information only to receive more emails from Amazon about how it will be processed soon, but my orders page says I need to re-enter it. Help me please.

This is from another customer:

The problem with the Vanilla Gift cards is that there is no "billing address" associated with them, so Amazon.com can't verify the card in the traditional way. In addition, you can't combine a Vanilla Gift card with another account, so you can't make a purchase for greater than the value of the card.

The work-around? You can use the Vanilla Gift card to purchase an amazon.com gift card. That amazon.com gift card can then be applied to the purchase, and any balance can then be paid however you like. I just successfully placed a purchase this way just now.

From the main amazon.com menu, select "Gift Cards." Opt for a digital gift card, so they'll email your gift card claim code immediately.

IMPORTANT NOTE: at the time of the sale, Amazon.com bills a $1.00 verification charge to the Vanilla Gift Card to verify that the card works. If you put the full value of the Vanilla Gift Card, the $1.00 verification charge will be "overdrawn" and the transaction won't go through. Be sure to subtract $1.00 dollar from the total value you are placing on the Amazon.com gift card.

Use your name for "Cardholder's Name."

The amazon.com gift card purchase will go through successfully, and you'll be emailed an amazon.com gift card claim code that you can then apply to your purchase.

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By Steve in Sylvania, 02-Jan-2012 08:43 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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31-Dec-2011 12:39 America/Los_Angeles

This is from another customer:

The problem with the Vanilla Gift cards is that there is no "billing address" associated with them, so Amazon.com can't verify the card in the traditional way. In addition, you can't combine a Vanilla Gift card with another account, so you can't make a purchase for greater than the value of the card.

The work-around? You can use the Vanilla Gift card to purchase an amazon.com gift card. That amazon.com gift card can then be applied to the purchase, and any balance can then be paid however you like. I just successfully placed a purchase this way just now.

From the main amazon.com menu, select "Gift Cards." Opt for a digital gift card, so they'll email your gift card claim code immediately.

IMPORTANT NOTE: at the time of the sale, Amazon.com bills a $1.00 verification charge to the Vanilla Gift Card to verify that the card works. If you put the full value of the Vanilla Gift Card, the $1.00 verification charge will be "overdrawn" and the transaction won't go through. Be sure to subtract $1.00 dollar from the total value you are placing on the Amazon.com gift card.

Use your name for "Cardholder's Name."

The amazon.com gift card purchase will go through successfully, and you'll be emailed an amazon.com gift card claim code that you can then apply to your purchase.

You also need to 'register' your Visa card first with your zip code before the transaction will go through (in addition to decreasing the amount by $1).

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By Amazon Customer, 29-Dec-2012 12:10 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I had to go to getcardbalance.com and set my zip code, and I was able to spend the whole card amount on my amazon gift card. I did not have to subtract a dollar.

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By reg, 29-Dec-2012 12:14 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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29-Dec-2012 12:10 America/Los_Angeles

I had to go to getcardbalance.com and set my zip code, and I was able to spend the whole card amount on my amazon gift card. I did not have to subtract a dollar.

That's good to know. Thanks for sharing.

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By tandko, 06-Jan-2013 09:06 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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29-Dec-2012 12:10 America/Los_Angeles

I had to go to getcardbalance.com and set my zip code, and I was able to spend the whole card amount on my amazon gift card. I did not have to subtract a dollar.

If you have a Vanilla Visa register your zip code at vanillavisa.com and you can use the entire amount. Just did it.

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