August 9, 2013
Quick weekend news about Walmart, the three letter drug store, and the numerically named convenience store…
The numerically named convenience store
While I haven’t had a chance recently to revisit my local convenience store, I’ve heard report after report from readers that these stores are no longer allowing Vanilla Reload purchases with credit cards. Apparently there was a memo. Also, even when cashiers are willing to let people use a credit card, they have found that the rule is hard coded into the register. I don’t know if this change is localized or across the nation. What has your experience been (and in what town/city)?
Numerous reports have come in of people being turned away when they try to reload Bluebird with a debit gift card. Apparently Walmart issued a memo (I’m beginning to hate memos). Luckily, if a cashier is willing to try it anyway, it still works. Also, so far the automated kiosks appear to be a still-working alternative.
The three letter drug store
CVS stores received a very different type of memo. Now, instead of allowing each person to purchase only $1000 in reload cards at a time, they allow up to $5000 per day. When you purchase over $1000, though, they will scan your drivers license. No word on what exactly they’ll do with that info. If you’re the type to worry about a big corporation’s sinister intentions, you might want to avoid that.
Have your recent experiences matched the experiences reported above? If not, what has your experience been?