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You are not allowed to use prepaid credit cards to buy L$.  The only acccepted payment methods are a regular credit card, a PayPal account, or a Skrill account.  Until mid-summer 2015, Linden Lab did still accept a few kinds of prepaid cards and debit cards, but their new credit processor has made almost all of them unacceptable now.

If you try to use an invalid card, the validation system may test to see whether it can handle instant transactions by charging $1.00 USD against it.  If the system is able to refund the $1 immediately, the card is valid.  If not, the card is invalid.  You tried your card 6 times and it failed each time, charging you the Canadian equivalent of $1.00 USD.  Your refund will take as much as a day or two.  

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You are not allowed to use prepaid credit cards to buy L$.  The only acccepted payment methods are a regular credit card, a PayPal account, or a Skrill account.  Until mid-summer 2015, Linden Lab did still accept a few kinds of prepaid cards and debit cards, but their new credit processor has made almost all of them unacceptable now.

If you try to use an invalid card, the validation system may test to see whether it can handle instant transactions by charging $1.00 USD against it.  If the system is able to refund the $1 immediately, the card is valid.  If not, the card is invalid.  You tried your card 6 times and it failed each time, charging you the Canadian equivalent of $1.00 USD.  Your refund will take as much as a day or two.  

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Most Pre-paid Debit Cards, regardless of the financial issuer brand, are not accepted as a Payment Method. These are NOT Credit Cards. The fact that you may have been able to use one in the past as a Payment Method is no guarantee that it will continue to be valid. Links to the Why are at the bottom of this post.

Accepted Payment Methods by country can be found at this link:

https://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/List-of-accepted-payment-methods-by-country/ta-p/2953878

Further from:

https://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/Billing/ta-p/700037

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VAT and changing your billing country

Your selected country determines the payment methods available to you. Normally, you should not need to change your billing country, but you may need to update it if you are travelling or have moved to a new location. You can change your billing country by clicking the Change button next to your country's name on the Billing Information page.

If your billing country is a member of the European Union, you may be subject to the collection of value added tax (VAT). If you are a business and are reselling, or adding value to Second Life before providing it to a consumer, you are eligible to provide your EU-issued VAT ID number in order to be excluded from the collection of VAT. If you see "Subject to VAT" under your billing country's name on the Billing Information page, you can add your exception by clicking Add VAT Exception and providing your ID.

For more information, see VAT frequently asked questions

Accepted currencies and payment methods

You may use the following payment methods with Second Life:
•Visa
•American Express
•MasterCard
•Delta Online (non-U.S. Residents only)
•JCB
•Diners Club
•Discover (U.S. Residents only)
•Visa Electron (non-U.S. Residents only)
•PayPal
•Skrill

The currencies accepted for payment include:
••CAD, AUD, JPY, EUR, GBP for non-U.S. Residents, and
•USD for U.S. Residents


Note: If you have had a payment method on file since before December 7, 2011, you may need to remove and re-add that payment method before making payments in non-USD currencies.

PayPal

For a complete list of currencies accepted by PayPal, visit their official website and view the page on multiple currencies. To use your PayPal balance when making transactions with Second Life, it must be in USD. You can convert your balance to USD at paypal.com (PayPal may impose exchange fees).

Skrill

Skrill offers a variety of payment options including Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, along with over 100 local payment options listed on their Payment Options page. For a complete list of currencies accepted by Skrill, visit their official website and view the page on Fees and Availability.



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The Why, if you are still interested, is presented in the following 2 posts:

https://community.secondlife.com/t5/Technical/I-tried-to-buy-prem-but-a-error-occurred-and-now-im-charged-1-00/qaq-p/2957761

https://community.secondlife.com/t5/Linden-Dollars-L/i-have-a-big-pb-because-i-m-in-belgium-and-no-possible-to-buy/qaq-p/2950159

2016-01-26

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