Amazon is an American multinational technology company based in Seattle, one of the world's largest online marketplace. Paying at Amazon.com is extremely easy for buyers from any country in the world. The site makes no distinction between customers, and cares equally about customers from America, as well as from Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa.
Amazon offers the following accepted payment methods:
- Visa (including the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card)
- Amazon Store Card
- Amazon Secured Card
- Discover Network
- American Express
- Diner's Club (U.S. billing addresses only)
- China UnionPay (credit card only)
- Visa, MasterCard, or American Express prepaid credit or gift cards
How to pay at Amazon.com with a bank card
This method of payment is the most affordable and popular among customers. Amazon accepts Visa Classic and MasterCard Standard and above. To find out whether your card is suitable for online payment, contact the bank that issued the card. It is also possible to pay on Amazon by virtual bank cards issued by payment systems QIWI (card Qiwi Visa Virtual), WebMoney, Yandex.Money and other similar.
The currency in which the card is issued does not matter - when paying for goods, the bank itself makes the conversion from the ruble account in dollars or euros. However, the rate may not be very favorable, so if you open a new card for online shopping, we recommend opening an account in foreign currency right away.
Before you can pay by bank card on Amazon, you need to link the card to your Amazon account. To do this, on the order payment page (How would you like to pay?), select "Credit or Debit Cards" and click "Add a new Card".
In the window that appears, enter the details of your payment card:
- Card Number - the card number, without spaces. It is indicated on the front side of the card.
- Name on card - the name of the cardholder (indicated on the front side).
- Expiration date - card expiration date (month and year, indicated on the front side of the card).
The entered card will appear in the list of cards available for payment. If more than one card is linked to your account, select the one you want in the list and click "Continue" to make the payment.
Please note that you are not required to enter your Card Verification Code (CVC) when paying by card at Amazon. If your card requires it, you will not be able to pay with it at Amazon. Please contact the bank staff to clarify this issue.
How to pay at Amazon.com with a gift certificate
A gift certificate is a card for a certain amount ($5, $10, $25, $50, etc.). You can buy a gift certificate on the Amazon website itself, or win in promotions on various resources (be careful, they are often run by scammers).
Each gift certificate has a unique number, consisting of three sections of letters and numbers separated by hyphens (e.g., MUBW-EP9X94-POD6).
The number of this card is entered into the Gift Cards & Promotional Codes field on the order payment page, then the account is refilled with the amount indicated on the certificate, and from this amount the order is paid.
How to pay at Amazon.com with the Store Card
The Amazon.com Store Card is Amazon's own online store card, issued to U.S. residents who have an American Bank account and an American Social Security number. We discussed this payment method in detail on the How to get Amazon Prime Store Card page.
How to pay at Amazon.com via PayPal
Payment at Amazon via PayPal is not possible - the site does not work with this payment system.
Protecting payment details on Amazon
As we know, a seller on Amazon.com is either Amazon itself or sellers who want to expand their audience of potential customers. Amazon takes the security of transactions on their own site very seriously, so they vet sellers very carefully. Payments for all transactions, no matter which seller they are made with, are accepted by Amazon itself. The seller does not know your payment details - he gets money from Amazon in case of a successful transaction and delivery of quality goods to the buyer.
In case of buyer's dissatisfaction, the seller does not get money, the defective goods are returned, and the buyer gets a refund. Thus, fraud protection is guaranteed, and shopping on Amazon is considered one of the safest on the Internet.