Posted by Chuck on March 10, 2016
Manufactured Spending

Published on March 10th, 2016 | by Chuck

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Another Blow: Stop&Shop and Giant Going Cash/Debit Only on Prepaid Cards

Reports are coming in on Flyertalk and other forums that the Stop & Shop and Giant grocery chain is shifting to cash-or-debit-only policy for the purchase of Visa, Mastercard, and Amex prepaid cards.

Update October 2016: Giant/S&S are now accepting credit cards again for Visa/MC/Amex gift card purchases.

My friend Jay took a picture at one Stop & Shop store:

stop and shop giant visa gift cards

And here’s a picture from Flyertalk:

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 3.28.44 PM

This is a new change as of today; the memo is said to have come in last night. It’s not clear if it effects all stores. It’s not yet hard-coded according to Flyertalk.

Sometimes there is a sign at the POS, sometimes a sign by the gift card rack, and sometimes it’s just a memo circulated internally.

This is a big hit to manufactured spending for those in the S&S/Giant area. Moreover, S&S/Giant often run bonus fuel points offers on Visa or Mastercard gift cards (including right now, ends today), and those are a lot less lucrative now. For someone with a small tank, these deals may not be worth it at all.

The max amount of value you can get in a lot of areas is $2.20 x 35 gallons, or $77. If you max it out at 35-gallons, it’s a good deal even when paying with cash. But if you only get 10-12 gallons, the value is more like $25 per tank or less, depending on the cost of gas.

RIP  🙁



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PedroNY
PedroNY

Let’s just wait for them to get their terminals up and running for Chip technology — I am optimistic about this being a temporary thing…

Cheers,

PedroNY

Evan
Evan

Why would they go back, if they change now?

Dukie02
Dukie02

That’s what I am thinking too, Pedro. Fingers crossed.

ed
ed

no chance, guys. besides, many of them have chip readers.

Dima
Dima

They do have the readers, but they’re not active.

john deere
john deere

This place is one of only two MS friendly options in my area until today. I hope it’s a temporary thing until they get their chip readers up and functional.

Randy
Randy

Virginia Martins (Giant) all closed down today. Unfortunately I waited till today because I have discounted gas until around April 10 through Kroger. This time stalling was a bad idea – I needed the manufactured spend and love the gas perk.

TravelingOn
TravelingOn

Hmm, I’ll have to check. This was one of two chains I was going to go nuts at during discover/chase 5% bonus. :/

Mike
Mike

I reached out to corporate for comment since I figured it couldn’t hurt. According to them this will be a permanent policy going forward regardless of when EMV actually gets implemented. Hope they change their minds.

George Smiley
George Smiley

I tried for a reloadit, hoping they might see it differently. It gave the cashier enough pause that she went back to clarify, but the answer was still ‘no’.

This is a huge hit.

Jay
Jay

Reloadit are affected by this as well?

Damn it

Kevin
Kevin

Damn – did you point out that their signs only indicate, VISA, MasterCard, and AMEX? The Giant I go to sells reloadit cards without the “Cash Only” stamp, so I’ve been very fortunate…haven’t tried since the new policy and I have a ton of minimums to meet. Arg!

Gaurav
Gaurav

Went away for a couple of weeks and I come back to this…Sigh.

juan david
juan david

its true… they are rejecting credit cards. This is a sad day.. but we will figure out a way t

Steve
Steve
Der
Der

As of 10/1, chips are ready and *s&s are accepting cc again.

Jonathan
Jonathan

I saw the news that Giant start allowing CC again for these purchases (your update) but havent tried since then, up until yesterday. I tried some reloadits and a univision card, but the terminal would not allow me to pay the load amount with a cc (it instead just allowed me to pay the fee by cc). Is this an official thing I missed somehow, or should I still be able to buy reloadables somehow at giant?

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