Use a Prepaid Virtual Credit Card when Stores Won't Take an International Credit Card
Have you ever shopped at a US online store, carefully choosing the items you want, deciding on colors and sizes, comparing prices online, and finally tried to pay or checkout, only to see a message like this?
“Unfortunately, we were unable to verify the necessary billing information used on order XXXXXXXXXX and we had to cancel it. We really want to accommodate all of our customers, but there are times when we cannot verify credit cards issued outside of the United States. Therefore, we require orders to be placed using a US-issued credit card.”
This is a common problem for many international shoppers trying to buy products from US websites from outside the US. It’s especially common for shoppers who frequently use forwarding services to get international shipping from US stores.
The problem is, US stores won’t let you place an order unless you have a US credit card, but you can’t get a US credit card unless you live in the US. To solve this problem, you can simply get a prepaid virtual credit card.
A prepaid virtual credit card is a US-issued credit card that you can load with funds from any international credit card, debit card, or bank account. When you use the prepaid virtual credit card to order from a US online store, the store will see your card as a US card, and accept your order.
Get International Shipping from Any US Store
A prepaid virtual credit card lets you buy from any US store, but what about shipping? If the store wouldn’t take your international credit card, chances are they aren’t going to ship internationally, either.
But you can get international shipping from any US store by using a package forwarding address to have your order sent from the store to a US address, and then forwarded internationally.
Get a Prepaid Virtual Credit Card Faster Through OPAS
There are a number of ways to get prepaid virtual credit cards, but if you already have a package forwarding address from OPAS, you can sign up for a new card directly through your account. Your account information will be automatically transferred to your new prepaid virtual credit card, which makes the registration process much faster.
To get a prepaid virtual credit card through your OPAS account, just log in to your account, go to the Personal Shopper tab, and click the “Get a Virtual Visa” button.
Combining a US package forwarding address with a prepaid virtual credit card is one of the most powerful ways to get access to US online stores from outside the US. If you don’t already have one, you can get a package forwarding address now.