Does Amazon Accept PayPal?

By David Wayne

The retail giant, known for selling books, doesn't take PayPal.
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PayPal is accepted by hundreds of online and brick-and-mortar retailers, but since it is owned by eBay, it is Amazon's competitor and not an accepted form of payment on If you have a PayPal balance or a credit line only accessible through PayPal, you can spend these funds on Amazon products by purchasing an Amazon gift card with PayPal funds.

Accepted Payment Methods

Amazon accepts most major credit and debit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, EuroCard, Discover, American Express, Diner's Club, Japan Credit Bureau, New York Currency Exchange, Military Star, China UnionPay and many prepaid gift cards. If your PayPal account is linked to a checking account, you can link the same bank account to Amazon and instantly transfer funds without a transaction fee or finance charges. Amazon also accepts Amazon gift cards, gift certificates and the Amazon Store Card.

Buying Amazon Gift Cards With PayPal

Amazon gift cards are available from many retail stores. Using the PayPal mobile application, you may be able to spend your PayPal balance at a store in your area. Visit the Amazon site to view the list of participating retail stores, then visit the PayPal site to install the mobile application and search for nearby stores that accept PayPal (links in Resources). If a store accepts PayPal and offers Amazon gift cards, you can buy them without a transaction fee if you use your PayPal balance. If you pay with a credit account, such as Bill Me Later, you may have to pay additional fees.