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


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148 Responses

  1. j_lo1992

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

  2. Netrix

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

    • Ice

      No you dont

    • kuagelo

      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

      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

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

    • kuagelo

      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

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

        • Thrawn

          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

    Waiting name the of game

  5. Brian

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

  6. drawerfloat

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

    • Ice

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

  7. Deagle275

    What about nintendo eshop cards , would work right?

  8. AMD

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

    • wololo

      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

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

  10. bob4real

    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

    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

    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

      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

    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

      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

    If you wish to purchase a us psn card with out having to sign up to Amazon I suggest using 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

    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

      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

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

  17. lienno

    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

    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

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

    I useally buy mine on Ebay from this seller:
    He must have some automation too, it just takes about 5 minutes from buying to wallet 😉

  20. reem

    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

    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

    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

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

    • wololo

      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

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

  25. Teenager

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

  26. Hawkes

    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

    amazing, thank you so much.

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

  28. rondev5

    If any one doesn’t want to do the Amazon method of purchasing US PSN cards, you can always go to 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

      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

    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

    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

    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

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

  33. Henssou

    Hi there !

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

  34. Kuroi Akuma

    :< 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

      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

    Thanks a lot!!

  36. qwer

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

    • wololo

      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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.