Best Buy No Longer Accepting Australian Payments For iTunes Gift Cards

Bugger. Last year, we noted that Best Buy was a useful source of top-ups if you had set up a US iTunes account, because it would accept payments via an Australian credit card. Unfortunately, it seems that loophole has now been closed.

Reader Gareth recently tried purchasing a card through Best Buy. While his payment was initially accepted, he subsequently got this email from Best Buy:

You may not use an international credit card to purchase an iTunes Code. If you attempt to purchase an iTunes Code from Best Buy in the US using an international credit card, your order will be automatically canceled. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Gareth adds: "It's worth noting that the sale went through and the amount was charged to my credit card and then the order was cancelled so if you do try you'll be waiting a week or so for your money back it seems."

The other source we highlighted for purchasing iTunes cards from the US was Walmart. If anyone has had success (or otherwise) with that option recently, or has another source that reliably sells cards and doesn't add a surcharge, let us know in the comments. Thanks for the tip Gareth!

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    So how can we open up a US bank account/credit card? Would be a sweet way, you could always pay the credit card off with your normal US account?

    Or can you buy disposable credit cards from the US from online?

      i would imagine to get a US credit card you would need a US address, much as you would need one for a CC here. US paypal or prepaid US credit cards would be the way to go i would think!

    Is this the same for PSN codes?

      I had my PSN online card order accepted and email delivered yesterday at 3:11am last night.

    I have a US Paypal account and a Citibank (AU) credit card associated with that account. Works a treat.

      Any trick to getting a US paypal account?

    yea found this out last night. Stupid bestbuy.

    walmart cancelling orders too

    Given how trivial it is to get a prepaid visa card, complete with US billing address, why would people just not do that?

    Any pointers on how to do that?

      +1 I'd like to know how to do this too pls Frank

    @Rogerio
    I created a US paypal account with AU amex card and an address of a bank in the town with similar zip code to my au post code (add a leading 0). Paypal confirmed, best buy cancelled the order 14 hrs later. boo!

      I tried the same thing with the same result

    what's the alternative guys? A combination of amazon + comgateway? ebay?

    any other option to this guys? I'm still searching for any other place that accept payment from international credit card. or perhaps how bout create a us account with only add funds to that account(by sending money from your other paypal account). has anyone tried this yet?really need some answer guys.

    It seems they dont want our money.
    Piracy it is then.

    Tried ordering a couple of cards from both Best buy and Walmart.
    After a processing delay, both were cancelled.

    From Walmart:

    Dear David XXXXX,

    Thank you for your recent Walmart.com order. We are sorry to inform you that we've had to cancel the items listed below.

    We always want your Walmart.com shopping experience to be a good one and are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

    If your order includes additional items not shown below, they are not affected by this issue. You can check the status of any remaining items by visiting Order Details page:

    https://www.walmart.com/cservice/ph_detail.gsp?order_id=xxxxxxxxx

    If you used our Guest Checkout feature, you can track this order's status using the Track Orders feature at the upper right of our website.

    =======================================================================
    CANCELED ITEMS
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Order Date: March 22, 2012 at 9:55 p.m. (PT)
    Order Number: xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    ITEM QTY PRICE TOTAL
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------

    (Email Delivery) Apple iTunes $50 eGift Cards 2 50.00 100.00
    =======================================================================

    Paid by Credit/Debit Card or Bill Me Later(TM).
    Since we never shipped the item(s) listed above, your account was not charged.
    Any authorization hold placed on your account will automatically expire in accordance with the card issuer's policy.
    Please contact your financial institution for more information.

    Paid by All Other Methods
    A refund has been issued to your original method of payment and the funds should be available within 10 business days.

    Goto america and buy a prepaid cc, then use aus funds to top-up once back here. Use this cc to order from best buy

    Damn. BestBuy has a sale on iTunes cards at the moment.. And my US trans-shipping account expired last week.
    And finally it is hard or expensive to get a US$ credit or debit card, and even harder to set up a US PayPal account. Don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise - they are probably promoting their own service.

    Well, you can buy one from Aus Ebay or www.flexibledream.com

    Thanks for the tip elenfan - I just used http://www.flexibledream.com and it worked! They accepted my AU address and my AU PayPal account for payment. They then sent the iTunes redeem code via text message to my mobile, so I just plugged that in to my US iTunes account and it worked a treat. Thank you!

    Yes, you can buy from that site. It perfectly works just a bit of problem you need to SMS them to verify ownership.

    Just bought one from that, for some reasons they don't accept Paypal anymore. Sad....

    It seems their Paypal system is working now...

    You can always order from online sites like itunes-giftcards.com or tunescodes.com (Even if you are in Australia). All you need is to set your itunes country to US. These websites deliver the code straight to your email and verify each payment to make sure it is not made from a stolen credit card. I've been a happy customer of theirs for months now!

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