Empiral wrote:My VISA credit card was set up in a different country than where I currently live. I rarely make online purchases, and if I do, it's always either through Amazon, and I always put my credit card billing address as my current address - not the actual billing address of my card in my home country. I have never had a problem with this, but today I was shopping on a different site. When I paid, the AVS authorization error popped up, and said because the billing addresses don't match, my purchase cannot go through.
My question is: should I change the billing address? Why did Amazon always work for my online purchases with my different billing address? Would Paypal also work?
It depends on the merchant's preferences / settings. Some will have the card declined automatically if the info is wrong in any way. Some won't. I imagine Amazon doesn't have that because a mass of transactions from people who don't know ( or are doing things similar to you) their billing address etc etc.