Posted by Chuck on February 8, 2019
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Published on February 8th, 2019 | by Chuck

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Giant Eagle to Stop Selling Amazon Gift Cards after March 14th

Reader Jeremy sent in an email from Giant Eagle indicating that after March 14th they’ll no longer carry Amazon gift cards. Amazon stopped selling their gift cards through other websites back in March 2018, but they still sell them at many retail stores across the country. Full list of stores here.

Not sure if Giant Eagle will continue to carry Amazon gift cards in-store after March 14th or if they are stopping to carry them entirely. It makes sense for Amazon to pull them from the Giant Eagle website, like all others, but would be surprising for them to stop carrying it in stores, unless there are some changes in the pipeline for Amazon gift cards in stores on a broader scale (which seems unlikely to me).

People like buying Amazon gift cards at Giant Eagle to rack up fuel points.



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FamilyOnABudget
FamilyOnABudget

You have only been able to buy Amazon gift cards in the stores for awhile so this notice could only be in-store purchases. Darn.

bullfrog23414
bullfrog23414

FML. I’ve literally purchased tens of thousands of dollars of Amazon gift cards from GE over the years. This totally blows.

Novacat05
Novacat05

Nice that you earn fuel points at GE. At Giant(Carlisle) you don’t earn any points for any giftcards unless they are running a promo/sale for specific gift cards.

Mr. Ombibulous
Mr. Ombibulous

The email I received is encouraging me to “stock up before they’re gone!” Pretty clear they won’t be carrying the physical Amazon GCs.

Debit
Debit

People amazon gift cards and do what with them? Resell?

bullfrog23414
bullfrog23414

Grocery category bonus, plus for every $50 you buy, they give you $0.10/gal off on their gas. Often that’s doubled or more on promotions. So on a 2x promo, $500 of amazon gift cards would give you $2 off per gallon up to 30 gallons or $60.

Effectively, it was buying Amazon gift cards at a ~15% discount (which includes the grocery category bonus) if you were able to use the full 30 gallons each time you redeemed. Hard to calculate the exact savings due to opportunity cost of not buying gas at costco or other cheaper options, plus the opportunity cost of not receiving a gas category bonus, that’s why I say ~15%.

Debit
Debit

But still 15% discount on a gift card you don’t need is useless. Unless you really needed tens of thousands of dollars of stuff from amazon.

But thanks for the explanation. $2 per gallon sounds awesome. I get only $1 off at safeway and i can’t even use the full 25 gallons. Safeway rewards program is useless to me.

sevillada
sevillada

a ton of us do buy a ton of stuff on amazon throughout the year

bullfrog23414
bullfrog23414

This has been going on for a very very long time. Like 10 years of all of my amazon purchases were made with these gift cards. I didn’t mean tens of thousands in the last month or something.

vipul
vipul

You are free to calculate in a way which makes you happy, but, do you really have a 30 gallon gas tank?

JAMES SCOTT WAGNER
JAMES SCOTT WAGNER

Doubtful. But try redeeming fuel perks on the last day of the month. Everybody and their gas cans are out.
I’m guilty. I should have 15 gallons in my shed right now.

Alex
Alex

Have two cars, both with smaller tanks. One takes premium and one other takes regular. So, I have 8 5-gallon gas cans. Yes, I’m getting 30 gallons every time.

jaslake
jaslake

my daughter also…

David
David

Gas cans my friend

Annette Lynne Wilson
Annette Lynne Wilson

Yes. We fill up our truck…exactly 30 gallons. It sure did help.

MrC
MrC

Thank you Amazon for giving me a reason to curb my purchasing habit.

Eileen
Eileen

Exactly! I think its a dumb move on their part. Hey if they dont want my online shopping , it is their loss.

FamilyOnABudget
FamilyOnABudget

If you are in the Pittsburgh area, Shop N Save with Pump perks may still be a gas option. Unless they get their Amazon gift cards pulled as well.

dcatast
dcatast

The article sorta implies that you can buy them online at Giant Eagle. That is not the case today, this is definitely pulling the physicals from the shelves.

The broader changes for amazon cards seems LIKELY to me Chuck, time will tell.

jaslake
jaslake

This happened with Lowes gift cards several years ago…but they came back…let’s hope Amazon comes back…love those Fuel Perks…

Jeremy
Jeremy

yeah they are pulling all physical cards from the stores on the 14th of march, so you have until then to get them. i work at getgo and just hung up signs today that say to stock up before they are gone. lowes pulled theirs a few years back, be rejoined the program like a year later. not sure of the exact commission they pay stores to sell them but it’s ridiculously low like half a percent, so it costs them next to nothing to have them in stores. dumb move on amazons part. lowes learned that lesson when more people started buy home depot cards instead.

Pissed_OFF
Pissed_OFF

This totally SUCKS! Like another poster, I have spent thousands of dollars because of the gas discounts. There has to be some other angle that I am missing as to why they would stop this.
Totally PI$$ED!

Bye Bye fuel perks
Bye Bye fuel perks

Like others I have spent thousands of thousands of dollars just to get the free fuel perks. I love amazon but yeah this sucks. From what I read it’s a push for amazon to get people to sign up for their 5% cash back card, but, like others, I’m getting about 12-18% cash back at times buy using the max fuel perks. We’ll have to see how this turns out, maybe I need to curb my amazon spending as well.

FuelPerksHOG
FuelPerksHOG

If you live in the South Hills area the Finleyville GE still has cards. I was there on Friday, March 8th and they still had a ton of them to choose from.

Terence A Whalen
Terence A Whalen

This is ridiculous. I have already complained to Amazon and cancelled my Amazon store card. Ebay, here I come!

Amy Fye
Amy Fye

Where did you find a place to send Amazon a complaint? I wanted to send one too but I couldn’t find anything.

John
John

I use a browser extension (WikiBuy/honey) to check if Amazon is the lowest. Often times they are not. Sure Prime is nice but I find that “2 day shipping” turns into 3-4 quite often. eBay tends to have similar to lower prices, often without taxes and sellers will still get it to you within 5 days. PayPal is also nice as it’s secure. You can also still buy eBay GC from Giant Eagle and apply them to the orders 🙂

Joey
Joey

Are we sure this was amazon’s decision and not giant eagle’s? It’s a little suspicious that giant eagle is expanding fuel perks plus the same week they get rid of amazon. If they only make a small bit from amazon cards they could easily be losing money on it.

Barbara Donahoe
Barbara Donahoe

I am very annoyed about Amazon doing this! I have been buying Amazon gift cards at GE for years for myself and for gifts. I love shopping on Amazon…when huge companies do this it ticks me off! It’s all about the money for them…as if they haven’t made billions!

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