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Subject: Using gift cards to buy ebooks on Amazon?
Date Posted: 5/28/2014 9:32 PM ET
Member Since: 9/2/2006
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Okay, so I recently won an Amazon gift card from an author I follow on facebook (yay me! lol) and I want to use it to buy ebooks. When I got the email I went ahead and added it to my amazon account, but now I am unsure how it works.  Usually when I buy a book from Amazon the minute I click buy, it is an automatic purchase and they charge my debit card.  I see no way to select the gift card.

 So I guess my question is I click buy on a book, will it default to my debit card or will it access the gift card first? 

Date Posted: 5/29/2014 4:52 AM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2008
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it'll use the gift card first, and if you go over that amount it'll go to the payment method you have set up (your debit card).

i do this frequently to buy Kindle books, so there aren't a bunch of small charges on my credit card.  :)

Date Posted: 5/29/2014 2:37 PM ET
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Thanks Ellen!

Date Posted: 5/29/2014 2:57 PM ET
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I know of some parents who use gift cards to budget the kid's Amazon accounts.  Plus those tiny purchases can trigger fraud holds.

Date Posted: 5/31/2014 12:22 AM ET
Member Since: 2/12/2008
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Just be careful because you have a gift card amount stored now. With Amazon's One-Click system, which I think accounts are automatically defaulted to, if you accidentally click to buy something, it will automatically take the money right out of your gift card without a secondary window to verify your purchase, since there is money in your account from the gift card. That's the downside of Amazon's One-Click system.