I’ve written a separate article about how to get a PayPal debit card or credit card set up, so you can make purchases with it at online stores just as you would with any other debit or credit card. But what if you’re not able to create a PayPal debit or credit card? What if all you want to do is get your hands on an Amazon item and use PayPal money to do that?
That’s where an Amazon gift card comes in.
Why Can’t I Buy Amazon Items with PayPal Directly?
This is a very good question. It all comes down to corporate stubbornness. Back in the old days, PayPal was part of Ebay. Ebay and Amazon were oil and water. There was no way Amazon would help Ebay in any way. Even when Ebay and PayPal split apart, so they were separate entities, Amazon would not change its stance. It simply would not allow payments to be made with PayPal money.
Luckily, just about the entire world loves to sell Amazon gift cards. And many of those gift card selling locations gladly take PayPal.
Here’s one I use:
That’s a straight link, no referral fee. You can type it in a browser if you’d like. It’s simple to make an account, and then you can buy whatever gift cards you want with your PayPal money. Not only that, but often they run discounts. Right now you can get a $50 Red Robin gift card for only $40, for example. So you save money by doing this.
The process isn’t instant – it takes time for the money to move from PayPal to eGifter and then for the gift certificate to be created. So this isn’t a last-minute-I-must-watch-that-video type of thing. But if you can wait a day or two, this is the perfect way to get that Amazon gift card populated.
Ask with any questions!
Here’s how to set up a debit card for your personal PayPal account, if you’d rather take that route: