Amazon explicitly says no credit/debit card needed for Kindle purchases
This is an interesting one to me, but some of you may know it already.
You need 1-click to be able to buy books for the Kindle. 1-click typically draws from a credit/debit card.
Now, if you have a gift certificate/card and apply it to your account, 1-click draws from that before it goes to your credit card.
In the past, I’m pretty sure you needed a credit/debit card on the account, although you could later apply gift cards/certificates.
Now, Amazon explicitly says you do not need a credit/debit card, although it appears as though the user interface isn’t clear when you do it.
What you do is go to your account, and go to
Manage Addresses and 1-Click Settings
Next, click the button to Enter a New Address.
Then, you would enter the address (did you guess that?) , and then
Set the address as your default by clicking the link on the address labeled “Click here to make this your 1-Click default address.” You may be prompted to associate a credit or debit card with the address, but entering one of these payment methods is not required.“
There you go! You can set up 1-click without a credit card.
After that, you apply a gift certificate/card to your account, and you are in business.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.