Amazon.com's payment options
How do I pay for my order?
Amazon.com accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, as
well as checks or money orders denominated in U.S. Dollars as payment
for book orders.
You Can Pay Online:
Credit Card Transactions are Safe at Amazon.com Books. In a recent
article by Rob Pegoraro in The Washington Post's "Fast Forward"
magazine (May 1996), spokesmen for MasterCard International and AT&T's
Universal Card acknowledged that to date, they knew of no cases of
Internet credit card fraud. Statistically, it's much safer to use
your credit card on the Web than to use it in a restaurant or
Amazon.com thinks that's good news, but they still take every possible
precaution to protect the integrity of your credit card information.
Amazon.com offers you the choice of using the Netscape Secure Commerce
Server, which encrypts any information you type in. You can safely enter
your entire credit card number on the secure server, and it cannot be
read in transit.
Remember, if you choose the secure server, all the information you enter
on the order form--name, address, phone number, etc. is safely
Don't Want to Pay Online? You Can Pay "Offline":
There are two ways you can order from Amazon.com Books without having to enter
your complete credit card number on the Web:
1.Paying by check or postal money order
You can select "pay by check" on the order form, and send Amazon.com a
personal check or postal money order in U.S. dollars for the amount of
your order. Paying by check does slow down your order somewhat, as
Amazon.com doesn't order your books until your check is received, and
they don't ship the books to you until your funds clear. If you are in
the United States, paying by personal check typically delays your
order about seven to ten days.
2.Calling or faxing your card number
Amazon.com has a way for you to use your credit card without ever
having to enter the complete number on the Internet. When filling out
the order form, you can enter just the last five digits and the
expiration date of your credit card on the order form. This gives them
a way to track your order but guarantees your security. Then you can
call or fax them to give us the rest of your credit card number. You
can do this even if you can't use our secure server, and your credit
card number will be totally protected.
(800) 201-7575 (toll-free in the USA and Canada)
(206) 346-2992 (outside the USA and Canada)
Where does Amazon.com Keep My Personal Information?
To give you an additional layer of security, all credit card
stored on a computer that is not connected to the Internet. After you
type it in, fax it in, or call it in, your complete credit card number
is transferred to this secure machine across a proprietary one-way
interface. This computer is not accessible by network or modem, and the
number is not stored anywhere else.
Amazon.com Books does not now sell or rent our list of customers to
anyone. If you would like to make sure they never sell or rent
information about you to third parties, just send a blank e-mail
message to firstname.lastname@example.org.