I wanted to ask our fellow non U.S. citizens about their experience on shopping U.S. warehouses online with their non-U.S. credit cards. Maybe some of you had the same problems I had, and found a workaround... Anyway, here's my story: I have been using a Visa credit card for years and enjoyed its world-wide acceptance. Actually, Visa Inc. beats its drum very loudly about millions of stores world-wide that accept their cards. It is also common knowledge that a shop carrying the Visa sign must accept the card as means of payment. Or so I thought. When I shopped at www.smalldogs.com (after I saw their ad on macrumors, of course), they turned down my card, because it was not issued by a U.S. bank. ("We can't verify it.") How does this match Visa Inc.'s business policy? After all, they're advertising world-wide acceptance. When I visited the U.S. (and showed up in person in the shops) I had no problems renting a car, paying my restaurant bill, and buying computer gear. But that was before the patriot act. I wonder... Now, I'm not going to rant about how non U.S. residents are being treated 2nd class. Other online stores that didn't want to serve me were www.overstock.com, and, alas, store.apple.com. A light in the dark is www.amazon.com. They have no problems processing my "exotic" Visa credit card. Anyone made a similar experience?