International Customer Purchasing from US Online Apple Store


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 9, 2011

I am vacationing with friends in the United States for a Month. And was wondering why I just don't purchase a macbook here from the macbook refurb store as the prices are much better. So i have my friends address and will pick it up close to a store and I can use their address as the billing address but use my Canadian credit card to purchase it? Will this work? Has anyone done this?

If not if i order it through the telephone will it work?

Thanks in advance.


macrumors newbie
Mar 7, 2012
Copenhagen, Denmark
same issue here

I'm visiting the U.S. soon, and I'm looking to do the same as the O.P., only with an iPad instead of an MBA. Anyone got experience with this, or suggestions?


macrumors 6502a
Apr 6, 2011
the discount at the refurb store may not compensate simply getting a brand new mac at Amazon, wich sells Apple products with a $100 discount.

Moreover, Amazon is granteed tht the billing adress doesnt have to match shipping adress, and its delivery not only is on schedule, its very trackable.


macrumors Core
Feb 9, 2008
Your billing address must match your card's address, so unless you have US card, you can't really buy it online. However you can have your friend buy it and then pay him/her back.

Even if you were able to buy it, Apple will ask for both your credit card and your state ID when picking up, and since both must be US based, you won't be able to pick it up. Finally you can't do a store pickup for refurbished items.


macrumors newbie
Sep 16, 2009
You can register a new shipping address with your card operator and
ship to his address (which can be different from your billing address).

The online store will submit your request to the CC operator and it will be accepted ...

I have done that many times, buying from Brazil (with my international brazilian CC) and shipping to an US address (and have friends bringing the goods to me...). [Racional: not all goods are shipped abroad + shipping costs are expensive + our customs fees are high]