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freqk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I bought a 50$ gift card to use with the App Store, since I do not have a credit card. IT works to buy music with my Gift Card, yet buying Apps on the App Store redirects me to my billing info section of my account.
when I try to purchase them with my iPod, I get the following message:

"You need a method of payment to purchase this item. Got o the itunes Store on your computer and update your Billing Info"

This is very frustrating.
I live in Canada, if that helps.

Message was edited by: freqk

iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.5.4), iPod Touch 32GB 2.0
  • 1. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    writedawg80 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same deal - same Country. Did we get hosed again, Apple?
  • 2. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    snowy2005 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Yup. Me too. Bought $50 in credits (on sale at Costco, fortunately, at $35) and now I can't play Bejeweled 2. At least there's Tap Tap Revenge to play with.

    I sent an e-mail to Apple to ask if it's an issue or a "feature."
  • 3. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    writedawg80 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It appears to just be Canada. And it appears to be intentional. App store purchases can only be made with a credit card - that includes the 2.0 upgrade. Clearly Canadian money just is not welcome at Apple - so I guess I'll have to take mine elsewhere.
  • 4. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    freqk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yeah, but they shouldn't. I spent 50$ on a gift card after reading the following statement on the Apple website:
    "Purchase a prepaid iTunes Gift Card from the Apple Online Store, an Apple Retail Store, or thousands of other U.S. retailers. Choose from denominations of $15, $25, and $50 good toward any purchase on the iTunes Store."
    It's been two days.
    Do something, Apple.
    I'd like to buy some of these Applications.
    I don't want my purchase to have been for a useless piece of plastic.
  • 5. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    freqk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Does Apple even read these topics? Or do I need to aggressively be calling them all day?

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  • 6. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    eckndu Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    yeah, same problem here, Canadian as well... ****, first rogers crap, now this...

    I have 49$ left on my balance but it charged my cc.

    *I will definitely buy less apps because of this restriction.*

    does Costco charge tax for it?(since it's in rebate?)
  • 7. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    Nick Holmes Level 7 Level 7 (29,835 points)
    Does Apple even read these topics?


    From the Apple Discussions front page:

    "Our discussion forums are filled with thousands of Macintosh, iPod and iPhone users from around the world. Search for an answer, post your question, or answer other users' questions in the Apple Discussions community."

    So, to answer your question.

    No.
  • 8. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    eckndu Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    will apple be looking at here?
    http://www.apple.com/feedback/
  • 9. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    freqk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    What I sent through Apple's Feedback page:

    "This is ridiculous . Every single Canadian is unable to buy things on the AppStore using a Gift Card, I spent 50$ on a gift card for the store and am unable tu use it or get my money back.

    I quote from the apple webpage about the gift card:
    "Purchase a prepaid iTunes Gift Card from the Apple Online Store, an Apple Retail Store, or thousands of other U.S. retailers. Choose from denominations of $15, $25, and $50 good toward any purchase on the iTunes Store."

    Emphasis: "good toward any purchase on the iTunes Store"

    I believe the AppStore is part of the online store, a link to it's information is even on the same page as that quote!

    I'm getting tired of all this.

    I'm using iTunes 7.7

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  • 10. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    snowy2005 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    No, iTunes cards are tax free at Costco.

    On-topic, here's a snippet from the App Store Canada terms at http://www.apple.com/legal/itunes/appstore/ca/terms.html :

    "10. PAYMENT METHODS. The Service accepts credit cards as the form of payment."

    ... and from the App Store US terms at http://www.apple.com/legal/itunes/appstore/us/terms.html :

    "10. PAYMENT METHODS. The Service accepts credit cards, payment through your PayPal account, and iTunes Cards, iTunes Store Gift Certificates, and Allowance Account balances as forms of payment."
  • 11. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    writedawg80 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This is seriously cheesing me off - I've been a loyal Apple user for ten years, I've sold a handful of friends on Apple computers, and suddenly my money's no good to them? It's road-apples. I'm sick and tired of being treated like a second-class consumer.

    I want to be able to use the $50 gift card I purchased in the App store - why is that such an impossible thing for Apple to get? This is the kind of rat-snake crap that leads good customers to bad mouth a company.
  • 12. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    freqk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    You havt to be kidding me. It says it RIGHT on the GIft Card page that it's good for the Canadian iTunes Store:
    http://www.apple.com/ca/itunes/store/gifts.html

    Screenshot: http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/1935/screencapturekg1.png

    I hate the company Apple is turning into...

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  • 13. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    cristowall39 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Me too i got this problem, i saw that there the 2.0 update at 10$ so i went to the store to buy a 20$ gift card to update it. But when i go home it doesn't work...Now, my gift card is only useful for music...
  • 14. Re: App Store + Gift Card
    sprucem Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Could you make another account saying you were from the U.S then just put in your gift card? Or does it have to do with the actually Canadian gift card?
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