My friend Terri has an interesting question about redeeming iTunes Gift Certificates. She writes:
I live in the United States and want to buy a gift certificate to the iTunes Music Store for someone who lives in Italy. Can a gift certficate bought via the US store be redeemed by someone in Italy?
Gift Certificate FAQ, Apple states:
Gift certificates purchased on the iTunes Store are valid for use only in the country in which they were purchased. Gift certificates purchased in the United States may only be redeemed by residents of the United States.
My understanding is that there’s a way around it (though I haven’t tried it myself).
Should you receive a gift certificate from a foreign iTunes Store you can allegedly redeem it at that store. Launch iTunes, choose iTunes Store from the Source list, scroll to the bottom of the store’s page, and, from the My Store pop-up menu, choose the store from which the gift certificate was issued.
Once at the new store, click the Redeem link in the Quick Links area in the upper-right corner of the page (or whatever these things are named in the language of the store). Enter the gift certificate code. You’ll be asked to create an iTunes account for that store. Although you won’t need to provide a credit card, you must enter a mailing address within that country. Those of you with summer homes in far off lands may, at this point, feel free to enter that address. Those without, you’re likely violating any number of Terms of Service agreements by even attempting to redeem a gift certificate this way, so don’t.
Because you haven’t provided Apple with a credit card, once you’ve used up the value of the gift certificate you will be unable to shop further at this store (or at least until you have another gift certificate or gift card issued in that country).