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Old 12-24-2007, 06:14 PM   #1
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Kindle books via Amazon Gift Certificates

[Edit: This now appears sto have changed and Gift Certificates / Gift Cards are working fine for buyin gKindle books!]

It would appear that he fine print on the Amazon Gift Certificate prevents their use in purchasing any electronically downloadable content including Unbox videos and Kindle e-book items.

Indeed, it normally tries to spend any Gift Certificate money I have whenever I buy something from Amazon, but when buying a Kindle book it skips the GC balance and goes straight for the credit card.

This is really quite annoying. I have a Kindle, a long list of books I'd like to own for it, and $150 in useless Amazon credit received as Christmas gifts.

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Old 12-24-2007, 06:22 PM   #2
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Sucks, don't it?

I'm in the same position. I have $100 in gift certificates from relative who quite naturally assumed that I would be able to use them to buy ebooks.
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Old 12-24-2007, 06:58 PM   #3
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:29 AM   #4
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Don't you ever buy DVDs or anything like that? Use the credit for that - I buy all my DVDs from Amazon.
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Old 12-25-2007, 12:11 PM   #5
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I have no inside information, but I suspect that the gift certificate issue may change. When I got an Amazon credit for shipping snafus, it went toward Kindle books. I couldn't see it listed anywhere in my account, but as soon as I bought a Kindle book, the amount was applied toward my purchase. They've done this for a few other customers as well.

I suspect they will soon have a way to apply gift certificates to your Kindle account. Indeed, I was sure I saw discussion to that effect on the Amazon forums indicating it already was, but now I can't find that discussion; it may have been deleted. Maybe someone mistakenly saw a upcoming feature displayed on the site prematurely and Amazon pulled it and the discussion thread.
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Old 12-25-2007, 12:45 PM   #6
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I suspect they will soon have a way to apply gift certificates to your Kindle account.
You're right! I had a couple of Amazon reward certificates so I added them to my account. I then purchased a book in the Kindle store and the funds were subtracted from my gift certificate account.

Thanks for the idea.

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Old 12-25-2007, 12:49 PM   #7
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The gift certificate issue may have already changed!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom...00127480&#gift

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Can I give Kindle and Kindle content as a gift?

We make it easy to send Kindle as a gift:

1. Place Kindle in your Shopping Cart.
2. Click the Cart icon at the top of our web site when you are ready to complete your purchase.
3. In the Cart, check the box next to "Add gift-wrap/note."
4. Click the "Proceed to Checkout" button and follow instructions to complete the purchase.

Designating your Kindle purchase as a gift ensures that the device is not automatically registered to your Amazon.com account, which means that purchases from the Kindle Store made by the gift recipient will not be charged to you, and prices for the Kindle purchase will not appear on the packing slip. When the gift recipient opens Kindle and turns it on for the first time, he or she will need to register Kindle to an active Amazon.com account at www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle.

If you'd also like to give the gift of reading material for Kindle, you may want to give an Amazon Gift Card. Your gift recipient will be able to apply the Gift Card balance to his/her Amazon.com account and make purchases from the Kindle Store.
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Old 12-25-2007, 12:58 PM   #8
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Sure you can do this for the Kindle itself but Amazon only supports 1-Click purchases for content in the Kindle store. I've not seen anywhere that states that gift certificates will be used if registered in your account.

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Old 12-25-2007, 01:00 PM   #9
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Read my quote again.

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If you'd also like to give the gift of reading material for Kindle, you may want to give an Amazon Gift Card. Your gift recipient will be able to apply the Gift Card balance to his/her Amazon.com account and make purchases from the Kindle Store.
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Old 12-25-2007, 01:11 PM   #10
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It worked.

I can positively say that you can use gift cards to buy Kindle ebooks. I bought myself one, and used it to buy a Kindle Edition textbook.
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I can positively say that you can use gift cards to buy Kindle ebooks. I bought myself one, and used it to buy a Kindle Edition textbook.
Great. Thanks.

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Old 12-26-2007, 10:47 AM   #12
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This could open the kindle up to those of us outside the US. I know that some forum members buy connect store gift certificates for those who have a Sony Reader. Anyone willing to purchase an Amazon gift certificate for me? I can pay you by Paypal.
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Old 12-26-2007, 01:18 PM   #13
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Unfortunately, they still require a US credit card, even if it's not charged. I am waitng to hear back from them on this point.
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Old 12-27-2007, 02:20 AM   #14
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Yep, all the books I've bought in the last couple days have automatically come out of my GC balance now, so it no longer seems to be an issue!

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