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In Canada, you cannot purchase apps with a gift card. Other than purchasing a prepaid Visa/Mastercard, is there any other way to give apps as a gift?

If anyone can explain this stupid policy, I'd appreciate it too.

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"Official" response from Apple (from here) on why gift cards cannot be used to purchase apps in Canada:

Due to tax laws and commerce restrictions for software in Canada, customers residing in Canada may only purchase games and applications using a credit card.

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I believe that this is the case for all App Stores. You can't add an app to a wish list either. It's frustrating. Fingers crossed that it will improve -- the App Store is gradually getting better.

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