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Old 10-31-2023, 03:09 PM   #21
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Thanks I did this and used up $19.89 on a visa gift card

It was a little confusing of course, but I added the gift card to my list of cards.
Then went to my Amazon Gift card and added to balance, and typed in the amount.
Then selected the newly added gift card for payment and it said it would take 5 minutes.
When I came back to Amazon it was there.

No more lost $$$

Then I went back in to Amazon, and deleted the gift card from my list. ->Payments, selected the card, clicked on edit, clicked on remove..

Brillant!!!! I had $2.92 on a Visa gift and couldn't figure out what to with it. This worked great!

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Old 10-31-2023, 04:24 PM   #22
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I finally added the $200 gift card as another payment method and I re-loaded $50 on my Amazon gift card balance to see if it worked, which it did. I guess I had to go to the Visa gift card site and sign it in first to activate it.

One thing I can't do is see the remaining balance on the listed new payment method (the Visa gift card) on the Amazon payment page. I looked on the Vanilla gift card site and it shows a remaining balance of $0.00 so the funds were transferred in total to Amazon.

So how do I check the remaining balance? I can't track it down on Amazon.
Something is not right here. When you add a Visa gift card as a payment method on Amazon, no money comes out of the gift card balance. To Amazon, a Visa gift card is just the same as any other credit card. They have no way to know what the balance/credit limit is until you try to buy something and the purchase either succeeds or is declined by the card issuer.

In this case, you bought a $50 Amazon gift card reload, so the balance on the gift card should be $150 minus the $5.95 service fee you mentioned previously.

Vanilla should have a page that shows you all the individual transactions against this card. Do you see a $200 debit from Amazon?
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Something is not right here. When you add a Visa gift card as a payment method on Amazon, no money comes out of the gift card balance. To Amazon, a Visa gift card is just the same as any other credit card. They have no way to know what the balance/credit limit is until you try to buy something and the purchase either succeeds or is declined by the card issuer.

In this case, you bought a $50 Amazon gift card reload, so the balance on the gift card should be $150 minus the $5.95 service fee you mentioned previously.

Vanilla should have a page that shows you all the individual transactions against this card. Do you see a $200 debit from Amazon?
Strange things are happening. I used the payment option (the new gift (debit)) to load $50 on my Amazon gift card. That worked. Then I tried to purchase an $11.00 item using the gift (debit) card as a payment option and it got rejected. I waited an hour and then reprocessed the transaction and it got rejected again.

So, I archived that $11.00 order as I could find no way to cancel it. Then I tried reloading some new funds to the Amazon gift card, which I did successfully earlier today. That got rejected. So I archived that order and deleted the debit card. I then went to the Vanilla site and saw that my card has a balance of $144.05.

That's it, I'm not messing with this anymore. I'll just use the Vanilla Visa as a regular debit card.
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Strange things are happening. I used the payment option (the new gift (debit)) to load $50 on my Amazon gift card. That worked. Then I tried to purchase an $11.00 item using the gift (debit) card as a payment option and it got rejected. I waited an hour and then reprocessed the transaction and it got rejected again.

So, I archived that $11.00 order as I could find no way to cancel it. Then I tried reloading some new funds to the Amazon gift card, which I did successfully earlier today. That got rejected. So I archived that order and deleted the debit card. I then went to the Vanilla site and saw that my card has a balance of $144.05.

That's it, I'm not messing with this anymore. I'll just use the Vanilla Visa as a regular debit card.
I really don't see the point of trying to add it to your account.

Why not just use it as a payment method when you check out? Avoid all these hassles and also then you could use it elsewhere.
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Strange things are happening. I used the payment option (the new gift (debit)) to load $50 on my Amazon gift card. That worked. Then I tried to purchase an $11.00 item using the gift (debit) card as a payment option and it got rejected. I waited an hour and then reprocessed the transaction and it got rejected again.

So, I archived that $11.00 order as I could find no way to cancel it. Then I tried reloading some new funds to the Amazon gift card, which I did successfully earlier today. That got rejected. So I archived that order and deleted the debit card. I then went to the Vanilla site and saw that my card has a balance of $144.05.

That's it, I'm not messing with this anymore. I'll just use the Vanilla Visa as a regular debit card.
It sounds like Vanilla had a temporary glitch. They declined the $11 charge and showed a $0 balance on your card for a while. Sounds like things are straightened out now.
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I really don't see the point of trying to add it to your account.

Why not just use it as a payment method when you check out? Avoid all these hassles and also then you could use it elsewhere.
The main problem with just using it as a payment method is that you can only use it on orders where the amount due is less than the balance of the card. Once you've spent it down to a smaller amount, it may be hard to find a small enough purchase. That's when converting the remainder to an Amazon card is really useful. Otherwise, Visa just gets to keep those last few dollars.

Sometimes you can use up a visa gift card at a store by splitting a payment onto two cards. You have to find a cashier who knows how to do it, and the store has to allow it (they pay an extra merchant fee for it), and it annoys the people in line behind you.
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Sometimes you can use up a visa gift card at a store by splitting a payment onto two cards. You have to find a cashier who knows how to do it, and the store has to allow it (they pay an extra merchant fee for it), and it annoys the people in line behind you.
I've done this at retailers, and don't remember it being much of a hassle.

Certainly less hassle than what the OP has gone through trying to get it added to their Amazon account.
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I really don't see the point of trying to add it to your account.

Why not just use it as a payment method when you check out? Avoid all these hassles and also then you could use it elsewhere.
Amazon does not allow you to split payments between 2 different methods on the same order, UNLESS you use the Amazon gift card as one of the methods. So if you do not have enough left on the Visa gift card to cover the entire order, the transaction will not go through. You can get stuck with a small amount on the Visa gift card and not be able to use it. By transferring any remaining balance from the Visa gift card to the Amazon gift card, you can use the Amazon gift card and another payment method, say a credit card, to pay for the order.
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I seem to remember those cards work fine at gas stations. The pump cuts you off when you are out of money IIRC.

I never give them as gifts seem like a hassle.
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I added my gift VISA debit card, but they don't have a way to use it in combo with another payment method like a credit card. So like, for example, I have $1.00 left on the debit card but it won't let me use that plus my credit card to pay for an item over $1.00.
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Amazon does not allow you to split payments between 2 different methods on the same order, UNLESS you use the Amazon gift card as one of the methods. So if you do not have enough left on the Visa gift card to cover the entire order, the transaction will not go through. You can get stuck with a small amount on the Visa gift card and not be able to use it. By transferring any remaining balance from the Visa gift card to the Amazon gift card, you can use the Amazon gift card and another payment method, say a credit card, to pay for the order.

How do you transfer money from a gift/debit card to an Amazon Gift card? Do you mean purchase an Amazon gift card with the debit.gift card? What is you only have like a $1.00 on the debit card?
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How do you transfer money from a gift/debit card to an Amazon Gift card? Do you mean purchase an Amazon gift card with the debit.gift card? What is you only have like a $1.00 on the debit card?
Yes, this is exactly what you do. Every Amazon account has a reloadable gift card associated with it, so you just reload your account's gift card from your Visa gift card. You can't use two credit/debit cards to pay for one Amazon order, but you can use an Amazon gift card and a credit/debit card together so if you don't have enough left on the Visa gift card to pay for your order, converting it to an Amazon card makes it usable.

First login to your Amazon account. Go to your payment settings and add your Visa gift card as a payment method.

Then go to this page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/css/gc/balance Click on the yellow button that says Reload Your Balance. Enter the amount of the Visa card in the "Other" box and then click Buy Now. Choose the Visa gift card as the payment method. You can put any amount in the "Other" box, so even if your Visa card has an odd amount like $1.87 left on it, you can enter that amount and get the Visa balance down to $0.
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How do you transfer money from a gift/debit card to an Amazon Gift card? Do you mean purchase an Amazon gift card with the debit.gift card? What is you only have like a $1.00 on the debit card?
Yes, purchase or add funds to the Amazon gift card that all Amazon accounts have. You can find it by going to account->your payments->wallet. Then scroll down to rewards and balances. Click on add rewards and balances. Use the Visa card as a payment source. Fill in the amount you want to transfer from the Visa card,$1.00 in your case.

It can take some time for everything to update. Click on the transactions menu item (next to wallet) to check on the progress.
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Yes, this is exactly what you do. Every Amazon account has a reloadable gift card associated with it, so you just reload your account's gift card from your Visa gift card. You can't use two credit/debit cards to pay for one Amazon order, but you can use an Amazon gift card and a credit/debit card together so if you don't have enough left on the Visa gift card to pay for your order, converting it to an Amazon card makes it usable.

First login to your Amazon account. Go to your payment settings and add your Visa gift card as a payment method.

Then go to this page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/css/gc/balance Click on the yellow button that says Reload Your Balance. Enter the amount of the Visa card in the "Other" box and then click Buy Now. Choose the Visa gift card as the payment method. You can put any amount in the "Other" box, so even if your Visa card has an odd amount like $1.87 left on it, you can enter that amount and get the Visa balance down to $0.
Thanks! I just did it! Will see how it works on my next order!

I never knew this! I lost so many balances on cards in the past because I didn’t know this work around.
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Yes, this is exactly what you do. Every Amazon account has a reloadable gift card associated with it, so you just reload your account's gift card from your Visa gift card. You can't use two credit/debit cards to pay for one Amazon order, but you can use an Amazon gift card and a credit/debit card together so if you don't have enough left on the Visa gift card to pay for your order, converting it to an Amazon card makes it usable.

First login to your Amazon account. Go to your payment settings and add your Visa gift card as a payment method.

Then go to this page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/css/gc/balance Click on the yellow button that says Reload Your Balance. Enter the amount of the Visa card in the "Other" box and then click Buy Now. Choose the Visa gift card as the payment method. You can put any amount in the "Other" box, so even if your Visa card has an odd amount like $1.87 left on it, you can enter that amount and get the Visa balance down to $0.
Thank you Cathy, that was easy.
I transferred the remaining balance from My California Middle Class Rebate Visa card, so one less card to deal with.
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The main problem with just using it as a payment method is that you can only use it on orders where the amount due is less than the balance of the card. Once you've spent it down to a smaller amount, it may be hard to find a small enough purchase. That's when converting the remainder to an Amazon card is really useful. Otherwise, Visa just gets to keep those last few dollars.

Sometimes you can use up a visa gift card at a store by splitting a payment onto two cards. You have to find a cashier who knows how to do it, and the store has to allow it (they pay an extra merchant fee for it), and it annoys the people in line behind you.
I've found supermarkets are generally easy for this at self-checkouts. When the gift card is used up, it just starts to prompt you for a method to pay the remainder.
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Timely thread. A couple days ago, my good friends gave me a $100 gift card and a $200 gift card for helping them out during a medical crisis. I tried hard to turn these gifts down, but they were very insistent. Those details are for another thread.

I don't like gift cards because of having to remember the balance on them, how to use it all up, etc. The same issues as others in this thread have had, I'm sure.

So I just added the $100 card to my Amazon Gift Card balance as discussed above. It worked perfectly. In fact, I also got a $10 "Reload Bonus" for some reason. Cha-ching. I buy enough on Amazon to make this a worthwhile way to use up the cards.

However, when I tried to use the $200 card in the same way, Amazon balked and said I needed to revise my payment method. I re-entered the Visa card details from scratch and tried again and same thing. I suspect Amazon may be not like me using 2 different debit cards one after the other. Probably a fraud prevention check. Or perhaps there is a daily limit on how much you can do. I'll try again tomorrow.

Oh, my friends also gave me a $500 Walmart gift card... that one I'll just use up at Walmart buying groceries over the next several weeks.

Edited to Add: It turns out to not be an Amazon problem. Upon checking the balance of the Visa card using the card's website, someone made 2 transactions at Target early this morning, wiping out the full value of the card. Upon doing a little research, this is a huge problem. And the criminals tend to like to spend them at Target.
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Yes, this is exactly what you do. Every Amazon account has a reloadable gift card associated with it, so you just reload your account's gift card from your Visa gift card. You can't use two credit/debit cards to pay for one Amazon order, but you can use an Amazon gift card and a credit/debit card together so if you don't have enough left on the Visa gift card to pay for your order, converting it to an Amazon card makes it usable.

First login to your Amazon account. Go to your payment settings and add your Visa gift card as a payment method.

Then go to this page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/css/gc/balance Click on the yellow button that says Reload Your Balance. Enter the amount of the Visa card in the "Other" box and then click Buy Now. Choose the Visa gift card as the payment method. You can put any amount in the "Other" box, so even if your Visa card has an odd amount like $1.87 left on it, you can enter that amount and get the Visa balance down to $0.

The only limitation is that you have to have at least a $1.00 balance left on your gift card, you cannot add an amount less than that.
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Sometimes you can use up a visa gift card at a store by splitting a payment onto two cards. You have to find a cashier who knows how to do it, and the store has to allow it (they pay an extra merchant fee for it), and it annoys the people in line behind you.
If one shops (or if one dares to shop ) at Walmart, the self-checkout handles this very easily. You choose to pay with debit/credit and pay with the gift card first. It will charge up to the gift card balance, and then display the remainder that you then use another card to pay off.
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Edited to Add: It turns out to not be an Amazon problem. Upon checking the balance of the Visa card using the card's website, someone made 2 transactions at Target early this morning, wiping out the full value of the card. Upon doing a little research, this is a huge problem. And the criminals tend to like to spend them at Target.
Seriously, can you elaborate?

Did they have the card credentials and were waiting for the card to be activated?

I’ve only received e-gift cards thank goodness,
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