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US PSN Cards: How to purchase when you don’t live in the US (at face value)

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128 Responses

  1. j_lo1992 says:

    i’m from iran.there is just us and uk psn card.

  2. Netrix says:

    What about those of us that are in Canada? Do we have access to all of the U.S.-only games on PSN?

    • Ice says:

      No you dont

    • kuagelo says:

      I’m not sure about their contents, but I think they’re just the same…

      I would like to point out though: US PSN Cards (such as those described by wololo above) can’t be used on a Canadian account – I’ve personally tried this before.

    • GigaGaia says:

      US and Canadian PSN have the same content. Games on canadian PSN are us region games, so you’d be okay just to buy the game normally. There isn’t any canadian region based games anyway, Canada get the exact same version as US.

  3. Thrawn says:

    This is old, I’m doing that like a half a year or so.

    • kuagelo says:

      Same here, although it’s nice to know others can take advantage of this too. :)

      BTW: with a little Math, you’ll notice how it’s cheaper to buy 20’s instead of 50’s, thanks to that 1-cent deduction. So if you’re planning on getting $100 worth of credits I suggest you buy 5×20 instead of 2×50. 😀

      • wololo says:

        Good point. Well, it’s a 0.5% discount, but still :)

        • Thrawn says:

          Well, that is correct you save 1 cent per card, but if you are like me paying with a european credit card, than you have exchange cost and also order fee because I’m under a certain value… so buying one big is “cheaper” than buying two small ones.

  4. Near says:

    Waiting name the of game

  5. Brian says:

    dear near don’t expect today for a game release maybe friday or saturday i quess we have to be patient

  6. drawerfloat says:

    I can’t add funds to my PSN wallet using paypal. Somebody pls help me..

    • Ice says:

      It checks paypal adress so if you have USA psn account and paypal adress is europe for example, it will get rejected.

  7. Deagle275 says:

    What about nintendo eshop cards , would work right?

  8. AMD says:

    What you are doing is fraud … Using a fake address to sign up on Amazon …

    • wololo says:

      Yeah, I am sure Amazon is really annoyed that I am giving them money. The fraud here is obviously that Sony are artificially maintaining price differences based on where you live, for no valid reason. Globalization should not only benefit corporations but their customers too.
      The ‘fraud’ here is a problem between me and my bank. If my bank are fine with me providing a fake address, then everybody is fine.

      Does your local videogame shop check your address every time you buy stuff? I dont think so, but for all they know you could be a foreigner on holiday… Is that fraud?

      So just relax. Sony, Amazon, and your bank are all happy to see you use their services :)

  9. Phil87700 says:

    Hi i am from India, should I do the same process to buy games…?

  10. bob4real says:

    Hurry up and buy your cards guys I won’t wait too long this post just screams “ninja release incoming!” I’ll be clicking refresh all weekend…

  11. Stink123 says:

    I’m from Brazil and done everything right but amazon just blocked my account and asked me to send them a fax to prove if the address is correct. Does that happened with anyone here?

  12. Yoyo says:

    Just a question, if I buy PSN credit from a EU card, (that is, in €uros), and then I go to the US store, does that credit turn into dollars? I mean, my EU account is shared both in the EU site and US site, so is there any currency conversion?

    • wololo says:

      If you buy US psn credit from the US Amazon site with your EU Credit card, your bank will do the conversion for you and you have nothing to worry about.
      If that is not exactly the use case you are talking about, then please clarify

  13. Matlink says:

    What’s next when we purchased the US PSN card from Amazon & when we got an EU PSN account in order to buy a game from US PSN ?

    • wololo says:

      You need to create a US PSN account, and switch your Vita to that account. The process is (unfortunately) relatively painful, and involves resetting the vita and formatting your memory card (unless you have a spare memory card).

  14. rondev5 says:

    If you wish to purchase a us psn card with out having to sign up to Amazon I suggest using gamesrocket.com they sell uk,us,aus,Austrian,german and spanish psn cards, once purchased they will just email the code to you easy as that.

  15. Nathan Ang says:

    I’m from the Philippines and there’s only 1 place to buy PSN cards here but they’re usually out of stock. That’s why I buy from play-asia. It’s digital, so I get my order in less than a day 😀 Here’s the link.
    [mod edit: affiliate link removed]

    • wololo says:

      No offense, but keep your affiliate links to your own website. The method described in this blog post works fine for the Philippines, and is cheaper than play-asia.

  16. ijwdk says:

    Does amazon e-mail you the psn codes after the purchase?

  17. lienno says:

    does this still work? either im doing something wrong or they have stopped it! i have tried both the psn card and gift card route and get denied! Said my gift card was accepted then received a email saying they had stopped the gift card 5 mins later

  18. Gora says:

    Hello guys, first of all, nice guide.

    I think Amazon change something and now you cant do this.
    Im not in the us:
    i tried to bought a psn gift card and they sent me a email saying that they placed a hold on my account because some problem with the billing details, “legal and privacy reasons”.

  19. Adrian says:

    Thanks for the tipp, good to know that Amazon also ships “online”.

    I useally buy mine on Ebay from this seller: http://myworld.ebay.de/cdubsportscards
    He must have some automation too, it just takes about 5 minutes from buying to wallet 😉

  20. reem says:

    Does it still work?
    That’s a really taugh process, why won’t sony just make 1 united store and everything (including DLCs) region free? That’s just awful and costy.

  21. Asianadobo says:

    Hi! Was thinking this process but im afraid that if i ask my cousin living in california to buy me a code in amazon that 60$ and only 45€ ill save 20€ in buying the game i want. But what if sony saw my ip add that im from europe and wont let me buy the game? My acct is psnUS by the way. Does this process still works today? Pls help me. I want to buy a code asap 😉 thanks so much

  22. Meru says:

    Thanks for this guide which will allow me to save money on games. One question: Once I purchase and download/install the game from US PSN account, will I be able to use purchased content on my EU PSN account normally?

  23. Leandro says:

    It doesn’t work for me. I’ve tried to buy gift card too, but my order was canceled by Amazon. :T

    • wololo says:

      Aw :( I can guarantee it works because I’ve been using this system for a while, but it is possible Amazon’s Fraud checks recognized something in your buying pattern that they didn’t like. I am not entirely sure what checks they perform, but I can guarantee they don’t contact your bank to verify the billing address, and in my experience it’s the only thing that matters…
      Did you put a legit US address as your billing address?

  24. Stalker says:

    worked perfectly. Using a US adress presented no problem to using my foreign credit card. Thanks!!

  25. Teenager says:

    Hi, ¿can buy the psn card with a prepaid credit card?.

  26. Hawkes says:

    If I create a US PSN account, does that mean, I have to play Multiplayer sessions on US servers? Or does the PS3/4 automatically choose servers by ping and not region of your account?

  27. taurus-555 says:

    amazing, thank you so much.

    what a trick. it was so easy to buy the codes at amazon.

  28. rondev5 says:

    If any one doesn’t want to do the Amazon method of purchasing US PSN cards, you can always go to gamesrocket.com as the 20 dollar cards for as low as 18.25 euro and 50 dollar cards for 43.49 euro and pay for them via paypal i’ve used the site plenty of times when it has cheaper offers then steam.

    • wololo says:

      43.49 euro is $60
      18.25 euro is $25

      conclusion: ==> stick to the Amazon technique and don’t go to any of these other sites that all take a gigantic margin on the sale

  29. verdo says:

    Hey wololo. Do these US psn cards work if you are canadian? I bought one recently using your method, and it says that it is invald whenever i try to punch in the code on my canadian psn account

  30. Mikhail de leon says:

    How bout this i live in france ,,, but my psn account UK adress is it possible to buy a psn card in france coz psn price not euro ,, any answer pls thank u

  31. fakejameh says:

    Yea it still works. Just created my new US PSN account (from Australia) and got onto amazon to buy a new PSN store code. great!.. trust amazon to allow something like this. I dunno if its ethical, but I guess they had no time to correct it following the release of the exploit.

    also, amazon has known to price skim in the past, so I wouldn’t put it past htme to ignore this >_<

  32. Dzung says:

    And now 26.89$ is 20$ psn store,
    Can I use gift card instead?

  33. Henssou says:

    Hi there !

    works just fine, i just took twice 2O$ for my us psn,
    thanks a lot !

  34. Kuroi Akuma says:

    :< It doesn't work for me, and my amazon account was locked right after I clicked on the "place order" button. I contacted amazon and they asked me to fax them the billing statement.. So much trouble.

    • sonysucks says:

      Not working for me either… I tried to use the “gift certificate” workaround but my purchase is going through a screening process. They’ll certainly find out I don’t live in the US and lock my account as they did to yours…

  35. David says:

    Thanks a lot!!

  36. qwer says:

    Can one go to jail if they tty this and get detected?

    • wololo says:

      What? Of course not! At worst your bank will decline the payment and you won’t be able to purchase the gift card, that’s it.

  37. Dane says:

    Not working for me. I got message that the processing of the payment is taking longer than expected and the order is subject to additional security checks.

  38. Snake says:

    Just tried OP’s method and it has worked flawlessly
    Used a credit card to buy a $50 giftcard directly from Amazon
    I think the trick is to go on google maps and find a random US address yourself, instead of using ones that’ve been posted online and potentially used by many others already

  39. Guy says:

    THANK YOU!
    I was sad because Amazon started blocking these purchases, but with your easy trick it works great! How didn’t I think of it myself??

    You’re awesome, thanks!

  40. R.L. Hipos says:

    If my PS3 was made in Europe, and I buy a PSN card fromm the US, can I still get the points as long as I put in an address in America?

  41. Gagi says:

    Is this still available? Is it safe to just change your address like that? Or is it better to use gift cards instead? In the end, both need an email address change.

    • wololo says:

      Both techniques still work, this is how I buy PSN cards to this day. None of these techniques require an email change, but they do require you to make a tiny lie on your billing address. The gift card technique is safe, here’s why:
      – you don’t need to change your billing address when buying the gift card. This is when Amazon might contact your bank to confirm your credit card is valid
      – You need to change the billing address when buying the PSN code. But at this point, since you are using an Amazon gift card, Amazon have no reason to actually check your credit card through your bank, they only check their internal records to confirm your billing address is in the US.

      As a result, your bank is contacted for a valid transaction (buying a gift card) and the only white lie you make is when using the gift card through Amazon.

      None of the techniques I describe require you to change your email address.

  42. Butcher says:

    Hy!

    If I try to buy an amazon email gift card, I have to use a fake billing adress? I’m from Hungary.

    Thanx

    • wololo says:

      No, you shouldn’t need to use a fake billing address to buy the gift card. however, when you buy the psn card, even if you use a gift card, amazon will ask for your Credit card, in order to verify your billing address. At that point, you’ll need a fake billing address

  43. Ganjel says:

    How if i live outside US and i don’t have a debit or credit card?
    When i try buy code Amazon prompt me to enter debit/credit card details..

  44. Liam says:

    Hi! What happens if I send US gift cards to my EU account? Will I be able to pay in dollars or do I have to use the web store? Thanks in advance!

  45. Chris says:

    the problem is not the purchase, that worked easy enough. The issue is redeeming the PSN Code, as US codes will only work on a US PS system. So if you have a European region console, the US PSN Code will not be recognised.

    • Rob says:

      “US codes will only work on a US PS system”. No, US codes will only work on a US ACCOUNT, and you can make a US account on any PS system.

    • wololo says:

      I confirm what Rob said above, it’s not the system that matters, but the account. I use this technique on devices bought in Japan as well as France.

  46. Azeez says:

    Can we buy from walmart with non-US credit card? Or do they also have checks ti verify our country in place?

  47. Anon says:

    >The issue is redeeming the PSN Code, as US codes will only work on a US PS system. So if you have a European region console, the US PSN Code will not be recognised.
    WHAT. Is this true?
    It can’t be true, right? That would ruin the whole point of cross-region purchases for non-US users, because getting US Vita outside of US is a problem in and of itself already.

  48. Doesn't Matter says:

    Hi , i’m from Portugal how can i be sure that my US account on ps3 will accept the psn card that i’m gonna buy on amazon or other site? When i put the code on ps3 they can check my IP or something? i don’t know and then if i download the game from US account i still can play it or my normal EU account?
    Thanks for sharing this, please reply.

  49. Hugo_Mundo says:

    I live in Brazil and i’ve been buying amazon psn cards for years.

  50. ray balba says:

    thank you so much for this guide :) i was able to load my us account.

    im from philippines.

    now i can download my favorite psp game, MONSTER HUNTER FREEDOM UNITE to my ps vita.

    thank you again wololo

    – engr. ray balba
    philippines

  51. Perry Tanko says:

    Very helpful, always *thought Amazon checked billing addresses (fraud is big in the USA), but guess I was wrong.
    And you’re right about amazon GC’s. Once you buy yourself one, turn around and use it to buy any purchase, IT DOES NOT CARE about billing address because it’s issued by Amazon.
    OH and one more thing. Alaska and New Hampshire do not have state sales tax. – Perry Tanko

  52. Mike Conway says:

    Does this only charge for the code? I would’ve expected that there would be additional charges made to the card, especially after changing currency to USD.

    Also would like to know if there’s no complications after using a different Billing Address for the card.

    • wololo says:

      I’ve used this for years (with the email gift certificate trick), I don’t get charged more and never ran into complications

  53. lawrence says:

    you are the best… i was ignorant and now you have enlightened me…. we need more people like you on the world.

  54. mehh says:

    I have tried this but my amazon account got locked, i don’t know if it’s because my process was wrong but the email said that the billing address wasn’t same as the one associated with the card itself, i have to find a alternative solution, obviously they’ll charge me more now but i just want to play destiny soon

    • wololo says:

      Uh, sorry you ran into this issue. Try and get in touch with the Amazon customer service to get your account unlocked. They are usually efficient with this kind of thing. Their main concern is fraud, which is not the case here.

      • mehh says:

        I’ve never seen someone as supportive about a article that’s 1 year old as you’re which is just a fantastic thing, i can say that this method do work, i used it previously on amazon.co.uk and redeemed the code easily, the reason i buy British cards is because my main psn is British but they got some pretty good deals from time to time, but not as good as a american account, i’ve emailed them as well, hopefully the problem gets resolved.

  55. ThePoorBoy says:

    You could just create a Paypal account with a US address. Then load directly using Paypal. That’s what I’ve been doing.

  56. Devve says:

    Thanks for this guide!
    Just tried purchasing a $10 PSN code and it worked perfectly.

    Tried again with a $50 PSN code and it got stuck while processing. Got this message:
    “Sorry, processing of this order is taking longer than expected
    • This order may take up to 2 hours to process but usually will take less than an hour
    • Please do not re-order this item
    • Once your order is complete, you can download your purchase here. We will also send the download link to your e-mail address
    • For more information, contact us”

    I guess I’ll wait and hope for the best.

  57. Devve says:

    Just tried this with a $10 and $50 PSN card and it worked perfectly.
    The second purchase took about an hour but it got through.

    Thanks for the guide!

    • wololo says:

      Glad you got it to work!

    • D_Rack says:

      I’m worried now.

      I won a $50 Amazon gift card.
      I tried ordering $50 US PSN card on Amazon, tried with a US billing address and I was able to place an order and I got the same processing error you got in your first post saying it may take about 2 hours for extra verification.

      Fingers crossed that I get my $50 US PSN card on my email later.

  58. Nonathan says:

    Hi sorry for dumb question but, does this mean that if ur payment goes throuh, you will receive the psn code to ur email so can access instantly?

  59. gerald says:

    hey guys.. im just trying to figure out… i live in france my family back in the usa
    i made a ps american account with an american email… can i now buy games from the ps store with my american credit card? and use those games on my ps4 in france? im about to buy the preorder of wwe2k15 deluxe edition since her ein france we dont have that one… plus its cheaper.. but will it work? i was going to buy it directly online from my computer but it wont work even for my sister she tried it for me back in the states… so yea the billing info for my account i guess isnt correct to sony… so i was thining about buying it digital through amazon… no problems rite?

    • wololo says:

      can i now buy games from the ps store with my american credit card?
      –> Yes
      and use those games on my ps4 in france?
      –> Yes

      so i was thining about buying it digital through amazon… no problems rite?
      –> Absolutely no problem, This is what I did, from Japan, with a Japanese PS4. Same scenario for you, but from France, with a French PS4

  60. Ganj3r says:

    Wow explendid post I used to buy in PCg*** but now I going to check if I can catch an PS+ for US without the f***ing taxes 😉

    Great post, thumbs on on FIRE!

  61. Ricardo says:

    Great!!!!! I worked like magic

  62. caleb says:

    hi, im registered in HK account. can i use the US psn code that i bought in an HK account? or i should make a US account?

    and also if i make a US account and i purchase/downloaded the game through that account then switch back to HK account. what will happen? will be regional issues? network issues? will i still be able to play online?

    and feedback is apreciated

  63. D_Rack says:

    I’m worried now.

    I won a $50 Amazon gift card.
    I tried ordering $50 US PSN card on Amazon, tried with a US billing address and I was able to place an order and I got the same processing error Devve got in his first post saying it may take about 2 hours for extra verification.

    Fingers crossed that I get my $50 US PSN card on my email later.

  64. Drew says:

    good tips wololo

  65. shazni says:

    Im from Sri-Lanka
    After i gave a us address i still need to give them a contact number. What should i give for the contact number.
    Please help ASAP.

  66. vinicius says:

    You can use paypal to exchange it via accounts.

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  70. Rusti says:

    Can someone help me because i did everything but it doesnt work

  71. Andrew says:

    This doesn’t work. Amazon put my account on hold and are now investigating

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