My First Amazon Check - Bummer!

Last Update: July 31, 2018

This should have been a success post, but things didn't turn out that way, unfortunately. I just received my first Amazon check, but it turns out I can't cash it.

My banking institution refuses to honor my check. It took me close to one hour to explain (in broken Arabic) that the check was from Amazon.

"Amazon? We not know Amazon check here. No, no, no. Bank not accept, not accept. Sorry," the assistant tried to explain in English.

I can't say they didn't try to help. After a couple of phone calls to other bank personnel, the branch manager came to see what was causing the commotion. They even called the central branch to inquire on my behalf. But it was a NO.

So, here I am...stuck with my first Amazon check. What next? Maybe try another bank with the hope that they can accept a "check from Amazon" as they called it?

UPDATE: I was able to have Amazon cancel my check. I updated my Payoneer account on June 6 and was able to set up a virtual US bank account. Amazon and ShareASale transfer my commissions directly to my virtual bank account, and I can withdraw the funds from Payoneer to my local bank account.

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Memorylaneuk Premium
Firstly well done for getting that check from Amazon but so sorry to hear your bank won’t accept it. This does seem very odd. I hope you find a bank that will accept it.
Wishing you luck.
With Grace and Gratitude
Karen
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Prinz Premium
Thanks, Karen. It seems Payoneer is my best shot.
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Josh From Oz Premium
If your bank accepts US cheques, then it should accept this 'amazon cheque'. It's no different from other American cheques right?. If not, find a bank that does accept USA cheques and open an account with them.
Ultimately Payoneer is the better option, but you will lose this cheque if you don't get it done in a bank.
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Prinz Premium
They accept US checks but don't accept "Amazon checks". I'm not even sure what that's supposed to mean.
I'm still looking into the Payoneer option, but I still have to figure out how to cash this check.
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Josh From Oz Premium
Essentially it is just a US check from amazon. Really strange they wont accept it if they accept other US checks.
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sarutobi Premium
As I said above. Ask the amazon reps to cancel and reissue the cheque as balance in your account. Then use Payoneer to get paid!
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Superavada Premium
Have you tried Payoneer? I see that Payoneer works in Saudi Arabia. But, you should first contact and confirm it with Payoneer and them open an account with them.
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Prinz Premium
I'm still looking into this option. I hope it works out.
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blogcentral Premium
Congrats! =) Have you tried looking into opening an online bank account? You can then add the banking information into your Amazon (and other affiliate) account and have those checks deposited electronically.
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Prinz Premium
I did a lot of research on this, but it seems persons living in Saudi were no longer authorized to do that after the 911 attack. I'm still looking into the possibility of having a US bank account via Payoneer. I hope Saudi Arabia is not blacklisted.
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Raynethemage Premium
That's a bummer. What Dana said, have you tried contacting Amazon or looked at the Amazon website to see what banks will accept Amazon?
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Prinz Premium
I didn't think about this. Now that you mention it, I'll check to see whether they specified any banks that will accept their checks.
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danasweetP Premium
Have you tried contacting Amazon to see if they know what banks accept their checks?
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Prinz Premium
No, I didn't even think this would be an issue. I've sent checks to Canada via my banking institution, so I didn't imagine receiving checks from abroad would be a problem.
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