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Using a Visa Gift Card on Paypal?

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Zsalah
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I was wanting to add funds to my paypal through the usage of a Paypal Gift Card (which the model can be found here: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Visa-25-Gift-Card/16513374 ) I would like to make a purchase through paypal but without deducting any mon my account and only using the money on the card. Can anyone show me how to add the card and if it is compatible with Paypal?

 

P.S. I may or may not have put this topic in the wrong section. If I did misplace it,could someone please move it?

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Using a Visa Gift Card on Paypal?

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snowshoe
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You cannot add funds from the Visa Gift Card to your PayPal Account Balance however, you can use the card like a regular credit card providing you can link and confirm the card to your PayPal Account.

 

Note, using prepaid cards don't always work with PayPal, here's a few thoughts to be aware of:

 

Per PayPal's own Help FAQs, they state the following: You can't link a gift card, prepaid card, or one-time-use card to your PayPal account.  From our experience the exceptions are, PayPal Products or Green Dot Money Packs or a Prepaid Card that allows you to register both your name and billing address.

 

Suggest not trying to link a prepaid card to your PayPal account unless the card is a PayPal Product or a Green Dot Money Pack or you have contacted the prepaid card issuer and registered both your name and billing address with the card.  Note, there’s still a risk that the registered prepaid card may not be accepted if the name does not match the PayPal account name or the billing address is incomplete.

 

With many prepaid cards, there's no owner name or billing address information nor is there a way to include that information on the card.  There’s only the card number and an amount.  PayPal can see the amount but, their security checks cannot confirm the card owner as there’s no name or address info.  When that happens, you are asked to use another funding source.

 

If you try link the card, you may have some dollar amount removed however, the linking process will fail.  In other cases, you can link the card and may even have a small amount deducted from the card while trying to confirm it but again, you may not be able to use it for a purchase.  As for how you go about getting that dollar amount returned, you may need to contact customer support for assistance or the card issuer or both.

 

 

Using a Visa Gift Card on Paypal?

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Zsalah
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As for using a Gift Card on Paypal, do you have any recommendations for purchasing a gift card from retailers? I would like to use a method to be able to subtract the money from the card but connect it to Paypal. I was wondering if it was possible if you had any ideas for specific gift cards to purchase even if it can't be added to my total balance.

Using a Visa Gift Card on Paypal?

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snowshoe
Frequent Advisor

As long as the card has either the Visa or MasterCard logo and you are able to register both your name and address with the card issuer, in most cases PayPal accept the card.  Note, the name and address used to register the card must match the name and address used to setup the PayPal Account, else the card will be rejected.

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