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Old 09-03-2010, 08:12 AM   #1
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How to get a US amazon account?

Hi,

I ordered a kindle3 to a friends house whos living in the US. I will pick it up when I visit him in October.

From what I read here, it appears to be better to have a US amazon account than a German amazon account (cheaper books and a bigger selection). How can I get a US account? I only have German credit cards.

Can I buy a gift voucher in the US and then register myself as a US user with this voucher or will amazon also accept my german credit card for a US customer?

Are there more convenient methods of doing this? Do I need a computer to set up a US amazon account and register a voucher or can I do all of that via whispernet on the kindle3?

If I go for the gift voucher option: Is there a way of getting US gift voucher codes from germany?

Thanks,

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Old 09-03-2010, 12:02 PM   #2
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Here are some instructions from NerdGirl. They are from a year old blog post but it looks like it would still work. I live in the U.S., so I haven't had personal experience with this technique.

You may want to do some Googling to confirm or check for other methods.
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Yep, that should do it.
Some people only download their Kindle books to their computer from behind a Proxy Server which makes it appear like their computer's IP is in the US. Some people don't and get by just fine.

Buy your gift cards out of your German Amazon Account, email them to your German email address ... and then go into your US Amazon account and apply that Gift Card number to your US Amazon account. That is how you will pay for your US Kindle books.
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Hi,

I ordered a kindle3 to a friends house whos living in the US. I will pick it up when I visit him in October.

From what I read here, it appears to be better to have a US amazon account than a German amazon account (cheaper books and a bigger selection). How can I get a US account? I only have German credit cards.

Can I buy a gift voucher in the US and then register myself as a US user with this voucher or will amazon also accept my german credit card for a US customer?

Are there more convenient methods of doing this? Do I need a computer to set up a US amazon account and register a voucher or can I do all of that via whispernet on the kindle3?

If I go for the gift voucher option: Is there a way of getting US gift voucher codes from germany?

Thanks,

Jens
Since the introduction of the international Kindles about 1 year ago, you don't have to buy gift cards anymore.
Any valid credit card will do.
This credit card doesn't have to have the same address registered as your billing address in your account.
I've used my German credit card for > 400 eBooks from Amazon, 99% of those via my US account. A few via my UK account.

BTW: Amazon totally is aware of that. They've sent my 4 Kindles to the German address. I switch countries within my account back and forth all the time.
I've never used a proxy (I need it for B&N though).
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for your answer!

@mgmueller:

Sounds great!

Do you have several separate accounts or do you change addresses with a single account? How can I do that?


BTW: Do I need a computer to register the kindle or can I do everything via whispernet?

Cheers,

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Old 09-08-2010, 02:04 PM   #6
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Buy your gift cards out of your German Amazon Account, email them to your German email address ... and then go into your US Amazon account and apply that Gift Card number to your US Amazon account. That is how you will pay for your US Kindle books.
I cannot confirm this.

I tired just that a few minutes ago (tested it with a 10€ one and actually found this forum when searching for some feedback).

Amazon.com tells me this:

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We had a problem redeeming your gift card
There's something wrong with the gift card claim code you entered. Please check for transposed digits, omitted digits, and similar errors. Don't worry, this is not case sensitive.
Tried it both with my normal account as well as with a fake US one I made.
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sorry, I don't think I was quite clear there in what I was trying to say. Your gift card has to have a value in US dollars and be for an Amazon.com (US) account.

I'm pretty sure you can't buy an Amazon.de gift card and apply it to the Amazon.com account.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:45 PM   #8
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Can't you get an amazon US gift card and just have the card code sent to your email. You should be able to pay for that gift card code with an international non-US credit card.

Then you could use that code with your (fake) US account.

That should work (I hope).
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:35 PM   #9
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sorry, I don't think I was quite clear there in what I was trying to say. Your gift card has to have a value in US dollars and be for an Amazon.com (US) account.
Ah, okay, that makes more sense.

As a sidenote, if you have no credit card you can also buy US gift cards from ebay with paypal.

You have to be careful of cource to choose sellers with a positive feedback and which are willing to email you the code.
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Hmm I'm very tempted to do this just to get all the freebie US books - we don't get many in the UK!
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This credit card doesn't have to have the same address registered as your billing address in your account.
I've used my German credit card for > 400 eBooks from Amazon, 99% of those via my US account. A few via my UK account.
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Does this mean that you changed the address on your credit card to an US address?

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Old 09-09-2010, 06:21 AM   #12
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Hmm I'm very tempted to do this just to get all the freebie US books - we don't get many in the UK!
I am tempted too, but i want the complete set of Tudors novels by Jean Plaidy, $74.09 in the US store and not available at all in the UK store.

I just don't want to run into problems doing it, my CC is UK registered, I can get a freinds American address but she doesn't have a US CC.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:43 AM   #13
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How difficult/expensive is it to get a US credit card? I actually have a social security number but not a valid US address except for some friends.
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I'm pretty sure you don't need a US-Credit card.
I got my Kindle pretty fine when I used a wirecard (http://www.wirecard.de )
I'm pretty sure you can register an US-accoutn with your normal/german data
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Since the introduction of the international Kindles about 1 year ago, you don't have to buy gift cards anymore.
Any valid credit card will do.
This credit card doesn't have to have the same address registered as your billing address in your account.
I've used my German credit card for > 400 eBooks from Amazon, 99% of those via my US account. A few via my UK account.

BTW: Amazon totally is aware of that. They've sent my 4 Kindles to the German address. I switch countries within my account back and forth all the time.
I've never used a proxy (I need it for B&N though).
Hmm, I don't understand this... First you say you have two accounts, a UK and a US one. Then you say you switch countries within your account...

I presume you use the same CC for both accounts?
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