Posted by Chuck on July 5, 2016
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Published on July 5th, 2016 | by Chuck

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Rite Aid Going Cash Only on Variable-Load Gift Cards on July 7

Multiple Flyertalk members report that Rite Aid is going cash-only on July 7 for all variable-load prepaid products. This will affect Visa/MC/Amex $20-$500 variable-load cards.

The info is based on an internal memo being circulated at Rite Aid stores, and has been confirmed by at least two people. Seems to be a corporate/national thing, not regional. Let us know in the comments if you’ve heard anything at your local stores.

Most likely variable-load merchant gift cards, like eBay and Amazon, will still be able to be purchased with a credit card. And fixed-value Visa/MC/Amex gift cards also won’t be affected, apparently. But the highest fixed-value card is just $100 from memory so it’s not hugely useful.

[A few months ago, Rite Aid went cash-only for loading prepaid cards, and stopped allowing debit loads. This is a separate move to stop allowing credit cards for variable-load prepaid purchases.]

Get in your last purchases before July 7 (if they still let). The game is getting harder….

Update: Reader Vic reports that in his area it’s already POS-enforced. Also, he reports that it affects Paypal MyCash cards.



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OT

Any experience with freezing experian?

I have extended fraud alert on my report for identity theft so the freeze should be free? But it’s trying to charge me $10. There is no website to call to get this sorted out. The # I have is all automated (csr)

Thanks

Dan
Dan

Your comment has nothing to do with the topic at hand.

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OT means off topic.

YOU learn something new everyday 🙂

NinjaX
NinjaX

I love how you think stating “OT” means its okay for a useless comment as if nobody understood you the first time. Let me also try an Over Time statement too that has nothing to do with this post…

OT

Anyone know the best city to buy a pizza? Preferably this city has a lot of different pizza types.

Also, a big plus would be if there are TONS and TONS of hotties near the pizza locations so lets me date easier.

THANKS IN ADVANCE!

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OT: Just wanted to warn you that you might have trouble buying pizza for the hotties off the new Walmart credit card you hope to open to impress said hotties if your experian is frozen! 😀

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Yeah. I could wait for a relevant topic to show up or post in an old pay that no one reads.

I am applying for dune cards soon so need the advice in a hurry. Thanks

William Charles

You can always e-mail questions like this, posting off topic questions isn’t really helpful to the site as people want to discuss the content that was post. I’ll aim to answer your question shortly, but just keep it in mind for future reference.

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OK william. Thanks.

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BTW I have the experIan #. But it is all automated. I am specifically looking for a # where I can talk to someone. Dnot spend time looking for it (it’s not your job) only if you have offound hand.

bellevuemike
bellevuemike

Just brutal.

JP
JP

Sigh. 🙁

All the hours I spent in building relationships at my local rite aid….was only one that allowed credit card. Rest were cruel anyways. So long RA.

Stvr
Stvr

Rite Aid is a horrible sad place anyway

Vic
Vic

A friend and I were told he same thing last week. This also affects PPMC.

Also this morning (9am PST in northern CA) I was already being declined by the POS when attempting to purchase PPMC in a RA I frequent. The cashier’s screen responded something like this: “the payment card being used is not eligible for this item”

NinjaX
NinjaX

So is this hard coded or no? Does anyone know? Because memos like this come out all the time. My RA has always been cash only so this is not news. However, it totally depends on cashiers.

Kevin
Kevin

It’s going to be hard coded into the system as per the memo. I’m an employee. There won’t be any way around it from the cashier. It used to be that the cashier just had to “try” to enforce the rule but now the POS will force them to.

NinjaX
NinjaX

Damn bro. Thank you for the heads up and insider info. Definitely appreciate it. But youre right. Its used to be YMMV with cashier, but I guess its hard coded now. I missed that part. Damn dude. Things are drying up too quickly. FY16 is the year to remember…

DatBoy
DatBoy

We’re down to reporting what 2 people posted on a flyertalk thread? Also, I asked my local RAs and they hadn’t heard this. Probably similar to the memo that came out a couple of months ago.

David
David

I think this is the general trend for most merchants. Chip-enabled tech notwithstanding.

MH
MH

This will be a nail in the OBC card coffin.

barrytuneup
barrytuneup

will CVS follow?

NinjaX
NinjaX

Probably. Same with WG.

barrytuneup
barrytuneup

at least I was able to get about 20 gallons of free milk with the Plenti Points when they did the bonus points on the purchase of OV. On the positive side, one of my grocery chains is allowing the purchase of 500.00 VGC again. I happened to see them on the rack, when they had been taken away 3 months ago,. In the last 2 weeks I have purchased about 6 of these cards (like the old days) with my WF 5%. So maybe there is hope. They went chip enabled 2 weeks ago. ACME up here has huge GC racks but no 500.00 VGC. They were taken away, and they are now chip enabled. I’m keeping an eye out. S&Shop has tons of 500.00 cards but with the cash only sign. They are NOT chip enabled yet. Maybe we can hope.

William Charles

Glad to hear at least one store has readded them.

Dukie02
Dukie02

Rite Aid is still in the process of being purchased by Walgreens, correct? I hope this doesn’t become the policy of Walgreens too! That would mean that CVS is likely to follow. Corporate copy cat world. Ugh.

DT
DT

Declined purchase with AGC in Metro Atlanta today. Cashier got message only cash/debit.

Drew
Drew

confirmed, already effective in Baltimore today

Paul
Paul

I guess continuing to take cash means they aren’t willing to give up the money-laundering market yet.

Dcatast
Dcatast

My thoughts exactly. Got to wonder what % of Blackhawks business for visa/mc has shifted to criminal intent with these dominoes continuing to fall.

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