Hi, yes, I have this exact same question, except with regards to apps. What happens if I gift an app and the person already owns it?
I'd like it to credit their account for the value of the gift or offer an option to decline the gift and notify the sender.
I do have one thing to add. When I purchased an app for my friend, he already owned it at the time (I found out later) and I was not prompted that he already owned it. Apple does not block you from gifting something that someone already owns. Which is good, because as an account holder, you don't want anyone to be able to see what you already own, even if it's for a gift.
This is utterly lame. The very least apple could do would be to tell you if a specific email account is already associated with a given app. This would literally take two minutes to program and eliminate 90% of the issues involved with giving a gift that the recipient already has. With this function you would never have to request a refund or have people upset about wasting the purchase price of a gift. It ruins the surprise if you have to ask someone if they already have an app or album
The very least apple could do would be to tell you if a specific email account is already associated with a given app.
They have no way of knowing whether the email to which you are sending a gift is the email associated with the iTunes Store account that will be used to redeem it. I don't use the same email address with my iTunes Store account that I use to get mail from my friends, and I would suspect I'm by no means alone in that, so if it were to check the email address someone might send a gift to, it would never find any app or content associated with the address. In addition, with millions of users having iTunes Store accounts (and many of those users having multiple accounts), checking every email address to see if the account associated with that address had already purchased the app would be impractical.
But you can comment to Apple on the issue, if you wish:
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