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Old 11-25-2011, 01:26 AM   #1
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I have a credit at Amazon, but since I have an Amazon Rewards card, I want to take advantage of the 10 percent off promotion when using the card for digital purchases, and save the credit for something else.

Does anyone know what I would need to do to make sure an e-book purchase is charged on the card and not deducted from the store credit?
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:47 AM   #2
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I don't think you can. If you have an account credit that will automatically be used first. That's my understanding - I'd suggest checking with Amazon CS.
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Amazon's funny that way. I hate that they do it. Frequently, I've had to delay buying high ticket items until my credits were used up. With my credit card, I get a second year on the warranty for free; but only if the ENTIRE purchase was made with my credit card. Promotional credits and gift cards used on the purchase will deny me that additional warranty.
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I have a credit at Amazon, but since I have an Amazon Rewards card, I want to take advantage of the 10 percent off promotion when using the card for digital purchases, and save the credit for something else.
What 10% promotion?
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:57 AM   #5
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Thanks for the responses. I wonder if I can get around it by using the credit to buy myself a gift card, and then not activating it till after the promotion. Hmm.

JoeD, I misspoke when I said 10 percent off promotion. It's actually 10 rewards points for each dollar spent on digital downloads using the Amazon-branded Visa card. Usually it's 3 rewards points. Since 2500 points = $25 Amazon gift card, 10 rewards points per dollar are equivalent to a 10 percent rebate. Promotion lasts till the end of the year.
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Thanks for the responses. I wonder if I can get around it by using the credit to buy myself a gift card, and then not activating it till after the promotion. Hmm.
That should certainly work, yes.
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:15 AM   #7
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Or you could buy some potato peelers or other non-digital items
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:21 AM   #8
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That should certainly work, yes.
Looks like it won't. I went through the ordering process, except for the final step of actually placing the order, and apparently a gift card will be charged to my credit card. How annoying.

The next option I am considering is to place preorders to tie up the credit balance.
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:22 AM   #9
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Looks like it won't. I went through the ordering process, except for the final step of actually placing the order, and apparently a gift card will be charged to my credit card. How annoying.

The next option I am considering is to place preorders to tie up the credit balance.
Have you spoken to customer service? They are extremely helpful.
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:28 AM   #10
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I don't think preorders will tie up your gift card credit balance - preorders are NOT charged to you until they are shipped to you.
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JoeD, I misspoke when I said 10 percent off promotion. It's actually 10 rewards points for each dollar spent on digital downloads using the Amazon-branded Visa card. Usually it's 3 rewards points. Since 2500 points = $25 Amazon gift card, 10 rewards points per dollar are equivalent to a 10 percent rebate. Promotion lasts till the end of the year.
Is it a amazon.com only promotion, can't see anything on the co.uk site about it?
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I don't think preorders will tie up your gift card credit balance - preorders are NOT charged to you until they are shipped to you.
Yes, this is correct.
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I've tried that several times in the past and was always told there was nothing they can do. That's the way the system is set up. I was told to spend the credits on something else until I had a zero balance. Then, and only then, would my credit card be charged in full for the item I wanted.

That system is very lame and it ticks me off whenever I have a credit balance.
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Is it a amazon.com only promotion, can't see anything on the co.uk site about it?
Here's the link to the promo.
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I don't think preorders will tie up your gift card credit balance - preorders are NOT charged to you until they are shipped to you.
I just preordered a DVD set, and my credit was reduced by the amount of the preorder.

ETA: Charging a credit card for a preorder would be making me pay weeks or months in advance. But with a credit balance on my account, Amazon already has my money well in advance, so reducing the balance for a preorder makes sense.

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