I've had the most mind-numbing three hours, just now, trying to figure out how to buy this game.
Here's the beef:
I had just purchased, about four hours ago, a $25 Visa Gift Card (Debit) to attempt to buy this game before the beta is released on the 20th.
I have tried to use the card to buy the game through the "Use Card" option, and wind up with this error message:
An error occured and your purchase was not completed
Message from server: This card is ineligible for 3-D Secure payments.
If you need to contact the shop please use the following reference ID: 106042059
ALSO, I have registered my card through PayPal and tried to buy through PayPal. My message was this:
You cannot complete this action on the card you have selected. Please select another card.
I'd tear out my hair if it was long enough.
PLEASE, is there any insight on my problem? I've send messages to Notch and the Payment emails.
1. I have a Debit Visa Gift Card, valued now through PayPal at $24 (Activation fee)
2. Using the card's codes straight into the system gives me an error message.
3. Using the card through PayPal gives me an error message.
4. I've spent the last three/four hours looking up ways to help get around this problem.
5. <-- Me
America Vanilla Visa Cards I know for a fact aren't acceptable by pay-pal.
Probably a lot of the other gift cards too.
Most likely any that don't allow you to refill them later.
The problem , I have read , is that they can't confirm your age through those cards.
It is most likely the same for the other site too.
will give you your card information and let you register it for online use. Won't do any good.
If you need a place to spend it try Steam or Amazon. They don't care what it is , if they can charge it they will.
My issues the same, and it sucks cause after the 20th I wont be able to get all the future updates for free, wouldn't that be encouraging more people to illegally downloading it though in my opinion. I just wished I had it, but NO I cant, its probably the dumbest thing notch has done (the only dumb thing), if he would allow for future updates to be free after the 20th I would be able to wait some more until I am sure of how to pay for it. But nope there goes my only Christmas money.
notch fu.cked me into buying one also, fu.ck you notch, im going back to playing my hacked version, and im spending the money on a STEAM GAME, at least they can fu.cking make a operational online game transaction service.
As long as you have a paypal account, any "real" Credit/debit card will work (US, UK, EU ect...) Pre-paid "credit" cards are not a credit card but a glorified gift certificate (his applies to most online transactions, even IF you register the card with the provider). I suggest you get your own bank account, and use your own debit/credit card.
I think I found the problem.In my cards manual I found that over the internet your card cannot be used for merchants outside the United States,& from the currency on minecraft.net I think Notch lives somewhere in Europe.Why can't Notch live in America 
I FOUND THE ANTIDOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!
I FINALLY GOT MINECRAFT!!!!!!!
just open a paypal account, register your credit card onto you account
then BOOM! you can use paypal to buy the game!!!