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Get a Prepaid Virtual Credit Card to Buy from US Online Stores

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?

get a prepaid virtual credit cardUnfortunately, 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 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 forwardng address from OPAS, you can sign up for a new card directly through your account. Your account information will be automatically transfered 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.

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7 Comments

  1. hyunseok Jan 26, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I am very interested in shopping at us on-line store. But sometimes they block the site to international buyer. If i will be issued this card, what method of paymeny i should use to charge the card.

    • Bernard Wilkes Jan 26, 2015 at 10:12 am

      It would be best if you contacted US Unlocked directly to ask about this — OPAS works with US Unlocked to provide a payment method for international shoppers using our addresses for forwarding service, but we do not provide the card service ourselves. You can reach them at http://www.usunlocked.com. We’re very happy to answer any questions about your purchases or shipping at service@opas.com.

  2. Lacida Marketing Mar 29, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    thanks, now we can shop safety

    Lacida Marketing

  3. steang Apr 1, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    The us unlocked has a lot of FEES. If your heart beats they got a fee.

    • Bernard Wilkes Apr 2, 2015 at 10:29 am

      I’m sorry that you consider their fees to be excessive, but using a US Unlocked card is not a necessity for using OPAS’ service, we can accept your international payment methods. Use of US Unlocked’s card services can broadly enhance your ability as an international buyer to make purchases within the US. This is why we work so closely with US Unlocked, our services make a natural pairing.

  4. June Apr 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Theres always a Catch 21. Its mind boggling that OPAS does not highlight the hidden fees of the virtual Credit Card when promoting “Get A Prepaid Virtual Credit Card FASTER Through OPAS”. By going “through OPAS” you can connect the dots.

    Once a customer has secured the Virtual Card through OPAS is there a hidden [or maybe not hidden] clause somewhere that says you will have to use OPAS to ship your goods? I am interested in the answer to this please.

    It’s a brilliant marketing strategy that’s a win-win for OPAS and the Virtual Card Company.

    • Bernard Wilkes Apr 6, 2015 at 9:58 am

      I can assure you, there’s no catch with using OPAS’ services with the US Unlocked card. Through our partnership with US Unlocked we can provide a registration discount for their service, but once the card is acquired there is no obligation to use OPAS’ services to forward the goods purchased with the card. We certainly hope that the new US Unlocked card holder would elect to make use of our service and would provide them with the absolute top level support and service if they did so, like we do for all OPAS members.

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