I’m wondering if anyone can advise me; I thought of contacting Amazon to ask this, but I suspect I’ll just get an automated response.
I did a little work on the Amazon Mechanical Turk site - basically, you perform a selection of menial tasks that humans do better than machines, and you get paid (literally) a few cents for each task. The options for withdrawing your balance consist of transfer to a US bank or transfer to an Amazon.com Gift Certificate balance; I live in the UK, so I chose the latter.
OK, so I now have a few dollars sitting in a gift certificate balance on Amazon.com; because Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk seem to share a common user authentication system, I rather naively presumed that I would be able to use the dollar gift certificate balance against a transaction on Amazon.co.uk (perhaps converting on the fly at a rate advantageous to Amazon). But it doesn’t work that way - logging in to Amazon.co.uk shows a balance of zero.
So… the only option I can see is to order something and have it shipped internationally, but that seems wasteful. I can’t use the gift certificate balance to buy actual gift certificates and send them to myself. Any suggestions?