Here’s a quick review of how to buy iTunes US Gift Cards in the Philippines. This actually came about after me getting insanely frustrated because I couldn’t get iPad apps because the iTunes Philippines store doesn’t support it yet. I did some research and eventually found good leads on PHILMUG. First, you’ll have to create a US account on the iTunes store (click for instructions). If you don’t have a US credit card, your next option is to redeem iTunes Gift Cards. These are like prepaid cards that come in the following denominations: $10, $15, $25, and $50.
Here are a few ways to get iTunes US Gift Cards:
1. Buy from PhilMUG forumers. The good thing here is that the forum peeps don’t usually slap an insane profit margin so you won’t get ripped off. Usually payment is done via bank deposit or Paypal.
2. Try PowerMac Centers. Some branches actually sell the cards but they do so with a big margin. The conversion is around $1 to P64-P66 instead of P45.
3. Buy from Maximus Cards online. Now this is my personal favorite. All you need to do is to first hook up and connect your local credit card to your Paypal account. Then head on over to the Maximus Cards website and buy the iTunes Gift Card of your choice. They also make a profit out of this but it isn’t too much since it will save you a lot of time and effort. After paying via Paypal, you get the card details via e-mail almost instantaneously. The most I’ve had to wait for a card is 2 minutes.
When you get your card details, go to iTunes and just click REDEEM and input the code. You should get the amount afterwards then shop all you want until you run out of credits.