US purchases with CDN credit card a nogo
Tried to use my Amex, Visa, and MasterCard to purchase from an online US store, my Canadian billing address, and a ship-to-address in New York. But shipping address doesn't match billing address so order is refused.
Spoke to MasterCard and they said they can add my US shipping address to my bank card FOR ONE DAY ONLY and even then they couldn't be sure where my statement would get mailed???? A few days ago I requested a MasterCard in US funds, but they now say I can't have a US billing address with that card either.
How are people getting around this? Do other cards work? Do I need to drive to US and open a bank account? Do just some web sites use this address verification scheme?
(The store is willing to accept the card/order if I ship to Canada, but with the outrageous shipping/brokerage fees. Another solution suggested was setting up a three way conference call with the credit card agency. The merchant said it could take time, but they just put their phone on hold and wait for the bank )