Bluebird vs. Serve once again

Note: On January 8, 2016 American Express sent out a notice to a large number of Bluebird & Serve cardholders informing them that loading capabilities on their accounts had been terminated. For more information, see: Amex kills Bluebird and Serve for manufactured spend

UPDATE 2: Updated information can be found at The complete guide to Bluebird, REDcard, Serve, and SoftServe.

UPDATE: Walmart is now going to be allowing Serve swipe reloads fee free just like Bluebird.

American Express offers a number of reloadable prepaid cards.  Two of the best are Bluebird and Serve.  Each person is allowed to have only one: one Bluebird or one Serve card.  You cannot have one of each.  Both have pros and cons.  Which is best?

bluebird vs serve

I’ve written about this dilemma several times before:

In my latest post on the subject I mentioned that I was thinking of switching to Serve because Serve cards qualify for Amex Sync promotions (Bluebird now qualifies as well), and because it was possible to reload Serve cards for free at CVS.  So, in March, I switched to Serve (after fully loading and unloading my Bluebird account).

That was all fine and good until CVS went cash-only.  Now its no longer possible to pay with a credit card at CVS for Vanilla Reload cards (to reload Serve or Bluebird from home) or swipe reloads at the register.  So, with one of the main benefits of Serve gone, which is now best?

Serve Advantages

Serve still has two significant advantages over Bluebird:

Online credit card loads: Serve allows you to load the card with a credit card online.  Limits are $200 per day and $1000 per month.  You can setup automated credit card deposits so that you do not need to log in every day to do this.  According to the Wiki on this FlyerTalk thread, the credit card you use must be primary (e.g. not an authorized user card) and must be in the same name as your Serve card.  The Wiki also says that credit cards from American Express do not earn points whereas cards from the following banks do: Citi, Chase, Capital One, Barclaycard, and FIA.

American Express offers:  Unlike all other prepaid American Express cards, Serve cards can be registered with American Express offers (such as $10 off $50 at Lowe’s that I wrote about recently).  If you take frequent advantage of these offers, the discounts can add up to quite a bit over time. (Note: Bluebird can now be registered with Amex Offers.)

ATM (very minor advantage): With Serve, ATM withdrawals are free at MoneyPass ATMs.  With Bluebird, MoneyPass ATMs are only free if you’ve direct deposited money to your Bluebird account in the past 30 days.  Both cards charge $2 for withdrawals at non MoneyPass ATMs.

Bluebird Advantages

Bluebird has several advantages over Serve:

Walmart swipe reloads: At Walmart, you can load Bluebird with a debit card for free.  Limits are: up to $1K per day, and up to $5K per month.  At most Walmart stores, it is possible to use Visa or MasterCard gift cards as debit cards for this purpose (just make sure to tell the cashier that your are paying with a debit card).

No foreign transaction fees: Serve charges 2.7% foreign transaction fees.  Bluebird has no fees.  If you don’t have a no-foreign-transaction-fee debit card for withdrawing money when traveling internationally, then your Bluebird card might be a great alternative.  I used mine once in London and once in Bangkok to withdraw money.  In both cases I was charged the $2 Bluebird ATM fee (as expected) but was not charged fees by the ATM owners (the latter was a surprise to me. I believe that I was just lucky).

Paper checks: Unlike Serve, Bluebird allows you to write your own paper checks to draw against your Bluebird account.  This could be handy when you need to pay someone in person rather than sending them a check via the online bill pay feature.  Personally, I’ve never used this feature, but I guess its good to have around just in case.

No monthly fee: Bluebird has no monthly fees.  Serve charges $1 per month unless you’ve loaded $500 or more to your account the previous month.  Granted, loading $500 or more to Serve is not hard (since Serve allows online credit card loads), but its also not a card that you can stick in a drawer and forget about without repercussions.

Similarities

For completeness, I’ll list a few areas where the cards are identical (as far as I know):

Online debit card loads: Both Serve and Bluebird can be loaded via debit card (but not via debit gift cards) up to $1000 per month, so neither card has an advantage here.

Limits: Both cards share almost all of the same limits

Bill pay: Both cards use the same online bill pay system.

Transfer to bank account: Both cards allow you to transfer money from your prepaid account to a regular linked bank account.  You must initiate this transfer from within your Bluebird or Serve account rather than from your external bank account.

Analysis

For those who manufacture spend in order to earn credit card or debit card miles, Bluebird now has a clear advantage if you live or work close enough to a Walmart store to visit often.  With Bluebird, it is possible to manufacture up to $5000 per month by reloading the card at Walmart with a mile-earning debit card or with Visa/MasterCard gift debit cards that were bought with credit cards.  Bluebird also has a slight edge for those who travel internationally and would like to use it for withdrawing money from local ATMs.

For those without easy access to Walmart or with no interest in spending much time in one, Serve has the advantage.  With Serve you can still earn credit card rewards when loading the card (limited to $1K per month in loads) and you can potentially save a lot of money through Amex Sync Offers.

Personally, I currently manage one Bluebird card (my wife’s) and three Serve cards (thanks to my sister, my niece, and myself).  My plan is to keep my own Serve card but to change the other two to Bluebird cards.  That way, each trip to Walmart can result in up to $3000 in loads across three cards, and I can maintain my monthly online Serve loads to my own card.  Down the road I’ll evaluate again whether keeping even one Serve card active is worth it.  How about you?  What is your plan with Bluebird vs. Serve?

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  1. […] The only two advantages of Bluebird are paper checks and no foreign transaction fee. I have no intentions of ever using my Serve card outside of the country and I have a stack of unused checks that I got for free on my old Bluebird account. I say that I have a stack, however I have no idea where the checks are. For a deeper comparison of the two cards, Frequent Miler has a great post. […]

Comments

  1. cards from American Express do not earn points whereas cards from the following banks do: Citi, Chase, Capital One, Barclays, and FIA.

    I wonder if Fidelity Amex (FIA) earns points.

  2. Do you actually take 3 bluebird cards in 3 different peoples name to walmart and load them all at one time? Husband says he won’t go to walmart to load so I am trying to figure out how I can load both his card and mine without him.

    • 1. Cancel Serve
      2. Buy a temporary Bluebird card at Walmart
      3. Activate it with a new email address
      4. Call to complain about the error messages. They should route you to someone who can fix it.

  3. for Serve, you can get 20$ CB by loading with 2% CB card such as Arrival, or use it to meet min requirement just like AZ payment. BB only saves you $3.5 per month since you can buy $5000 MO instead.

  4. Has anyone loaded a Serve card with a Discover card? Do they treat it like a cash advance? Do you earn points? Thanks!

  5. If you have a smartphone with ATT/Verizon/T-Mobile you can sign up for the “Isis” Serve with $1500/$500 limits for credit and debit loads, plus other promos.

      • It seems (according to the long FT thread) that you just empty and then close the account; right after you can create a new one via the ISIS app.
        Syncing an existing serve to ISIS won’t increase limits.

    • When you say an Isis/Serve account has limits of $1500/$500 for debit and credit reloads, I assume you are referring to monthly/daily limits respectively and that the limits are the same regardless of whether debit or credit is used? Also you are referring to online reloads, correct?

      What about loading at a WalMart with an Isis/Serve account? Are those limits (normally $5000/$1000) also increased with an Isis/Serve account???

      And if so, what are they?

  6. Serve definitely took a big step back with the CVS changes. Count me as someone switching from Serve to Bluebird. Too much potential value in debit loads for Bluebird purchased in bonus categories to maintain a Serve card with only $1000 (or $1500) online load available.

    • Ditto for me. Will be ditching Server after my $1000 CC loads finish and switching back to Bluebird. Too bad because I really did prefer Serve… 🙁

  7. Quick question– when I sync an AMEX deal with my Serve card, how can I check to confirm it’s there? With regular AMEX cards, it’s under “offers for you” tab on the webpage. Serve has no such tab.

    • You should also get an email confirmation when you Sync. In the email subject heading will be something like “Your American Express Card is Synced!” and in the body of the email it will include: “Congratulations! You’ve successfully synced your American Express® Card ending in 12345 with Twitter.”

  8. Noticed you didn’t mention the option of loading the Serve card directly at the register. Is it possible to load the Serve card ($1k per month) at CVS via Visa debit card at the register or are requiring cash for this too?

  9. Anybody having problems loading gc from gcm at walmart? I tried yesterday 4. One OV went well, 2 visas from gcm I bought online, 1 visa from gcm I bought at a store. None of the 3 visas were accepted by the money machine.

  10. Just did a mini-AOM and picked up the Visa CSP (after having the MC CSP) and the Barclay Arrival. Went to do my standard visa gift card load at WalMart and it seems one person on the day sgift read their memo about not using debit gift cards for reloads or money orders. The night crew knows me so I don’t think they care. The good news is that the same girl pointed me to the MoneyCenter ATM that had been “broken” for almost a year and was now up and running. loaded my bluebirds like a boss and left. Hopefully it stays functioning so I can get my bonuses asap

  11. I am going to pick Serve because of the $1000/month free credit card load, American Express offers for you and no ATM fee. With the downfall of the beans, I am going to just buy a lot of MO. Time for me to close my 2 birdies. Gary, Great Post:)

  12. Bump for the cash back question about Discover. Got $3000/month worth of spend to do with the Discover card, so I could use the $1K online with Serve. Cash back would be a bonus.

  13. Don’t know where to put this, so I’ll comment here. I think a very popular post would be one regarding non-Walmart MS. I think there is a group of us low-middle tier MS’rs that only do about a few thou/month. Like Serve $1K, AP $1K, and Evolve $1K would give $3K monthly spend without stepping into a Walmart.

    Expounding on those opportunities would be great for someone like me, who for several reasons simply cannot utilize WM, or don’t want to.

  14. Hey I’m sitting in wm waiting for the manager that took my bluebird with 2 gc. Thay said they cannot take gc. 2 went through then realized it was a gc. In the wait i payed a bill so my bb is empty. I ll update. This is the 3rd wally that tells me the same. No gc for bb. East bay CA

    • The manager came back after talking to the king upstairs and declared “AS LONG IT HAS A PIN, IT CAN BE USED”. The problem is that GC from GCMwhen they are cancelled for any reason, WM Will not accept it. So i have to loose them and have GCM send me a replacement. The 2 other WM were clear , only cash or debit from a bank.

  15. Serve credit card loads require primary and the same name as the Serve card. Anybody knows if we can register our Visa gift cards and use them as credit cards to load Serve at home? Thank you!

    • I know the Visa gift card debit load is prohibited (BB and Serve accounts will be locked). How about credit loads?

    • Anyone tried LM visa? Just tried $20 online load to serve, still in pending transaction. Would like to know if it will earn miles as purchase.
      Also – does anyone know if it is possible to use cc back up funding in serve to get past the daily/monthly limit.

  16. They both look like they will be gathering dust…….Even if I had a Wakmart near my house I wouldn’t want to suffer that experience on a regular basis…….CVS offered simplicity and if AMEX wants me to continue to use their reloadable cards they are going to have to get busy and provide outlets where the VRs can be sold with credit…….otherwise they are as dead as Hilton!

  17. I am just starting out with BlueBird. With CVS changes, where do people get their Visa Debit cards?
    I only see $200 GC for $4.95 It is a bit too expensive as it is 2% of the cost. I don’t see any $500 ones except for GiftMall

  18. Can someone please help me!

    I have a Bluebird. I maxed up 5k limit for BB. I am trying to get my wife a Bluebird, but she doesn’t have SSN yet to get through her registration. But she does have ITIN. However, Bluebird doesn’t recognize it. The same is the case with Serve.

    Any other alternatives? Thanks!!

  19. I closed both bluebird accounts and use two Serve cards. They are attached to my phones VIA ISIS mobile wallet. Isis allows no fees, easy transferring from my phone and mobile payment perks on top of loading and unloading cash :). Only thing I miss with bluebird was the ability to write checks… Allowed me to pay rent/mortgage and earn miles.

  20. Aside from the $500 cash load to wave the fee for the month. you can do a direct deposit of any amount to a serve account which waves the fee for the month.

    I thought about switching to Bluebird to avoid montly fee. but I got serve atm. Ill just deal with it. long as i have a dollar on my linked paypal or google wallet. i can transfer to my serve account which can take about a week. Once its received i stop the one dollar fee with a dollar.

  21. Great post. I’m new to the whole thing and it was very helpful. Quick question … when you “load” the Serve/BB card from a Credit Card do you know if your Credit Card will count that as a “Cash Advance”? Thanks –

  22. Am I correct in taking from these posts that AM Serve helps with earning air miles… even if you don’t have one of their AmEx cards? What type of bonus promotional features does amex serve offer me? I’m pretty new to this prepaid thing.

    • Yes,
      Even without any Amex credit cards, you can get a Serve prepaid card and you can use a rewards credit card to load it each month. There are three ways to earn credit card rewards doing so:
      1. Load online with credit card up to $1K per month
      2. Use credit card to buy Visa or MasterCard gift cards and use them as debit cards to load Serve at Walmart, up to $1000 per day and $5000 per month
      3. Use credit card to buy Vanilla Reload card or Greendot MoneyPak (most stores don’t allow buying these with credit cards, but some do). Then, transfer money from these cards to Serve online. Max $1K per day, $5K per month (same shared limits with #2)

      • “2. Use credit card to buy Visa or MasterCard gift cards and use them as debit cards to load Serve at Walmart, up to $1000 per day and $5000 per month”. The Serve site says $200/day & $1000/month for debit & credit cards. Does loading these gc’s at Walmart circumvent those restrictions OR are you mixing this up with Bluebird’s limits?

  23. Under advantages to BB, you wrote that \At Walmart, you can load Bluebird with a debit card for free.\ You can now do the same with Serve, correct? If I don’t care about the paper checks, using the care overseas and plan on loading Serve to avoid the monthly fee, is there any reason to go with Bluebird over Serve?

  24. My understanding is that the online load daily/monthly load limits are 200/1000 but the Walmart daily/monthly load limits are 1000/5000 and that these are now the same as Bluebird. I’d love to have someone confirm or correct this.

  25. Just to clarify from the comment above, the in-person Walmart daily/monthly load limits are 1000/5000 for debit cards. Does this include gift debit cards? I’m having a hard time finding this information on the Bluebird website.

    • The $1000 / $5000 limits apply to:
      1. Vanilla Reloads
      2. Reloads at Walmart with debit cards / gift cards
      .
      It does not apply to online debit loads which are limited to $1000 monthly

  26. Can you close the BB/serve account mid- month and switch to serve/BB with your reload resets? or do we have to wait next month for loading the new product?

    • Yes, you can do that. The trick is to buy a temporary Serve/BB card at a store and try to register it with a new email address. You’ll get an error, but then call support and, after a very long phone call, they should be able to help get it going.

  27. How do you set up serve card for automatic loading from a credit card. Is there a way to avoid having to log in 5 times a month and manually loading $200.00 each time to reach the monthly limit?I

      • hi, am i able to load serve with one vanilla gift card?

        and simon gift card at walmart or online?

        please answer

        thank you

        • Yes, you can load Serve with a Vanilla gift card at Walmart or at Family Dollar. You cannot do so online. At Walmart it can be quite tricky unless you find a working kiosk. Simon gift card will work fine at Walmart. Do not try to use it online to load Serve.

        • At Family Dollar, you can hand the Serve card to the cashier and ask to reload your prepaid card. Say you’re paying with a debit card and want to load $500. Big CAUTION: People have reported that this process won’t work if anyone has reloaded a Serve card at the same store earlier on the same day. It doesn’t seem worth it to me.

  28. Hello Folks,

    I was trying to sign up @ https://www.serve.com/ to get a card but it asks me to DOB & SSN. Wondering if this is something worth taking risk for? Have every single person here or anywhere else provide these sensitive info to get one of these card? I did some research & find people are not really impressed about the card itself : https://www.creditcardinsider.com/credit-cards/american-express/serve/

    Any feedback is highly appreciated.

    Thanks.

  29. From Serve’s Ts & C’s:
    † With Serve, our monthly fee is waived when you use Direct Deposit or add $500 or more during your monthly statement period.
    **And, there’s no fee in NY, TX and VT.**
    My emphasis, go NY!

  30. Hi my bluebird was cxl for something silly and they closed my acct and I can’t reopen, can my husband get a Bluebird and create a sub acct for me? Just wondering because we really despise traditional banking.

  31. Hi FM
    Love ur blog. Quick question. Does loading Serve with a Credit Card trigger cash advance fee with the Credit card?
    Raghu

  32. Not that it matters, but I have both cards. I got the bluebird first in 2012, then I got the serve about 2 months later, and they have never given me any trouble about having both. I’ve only used them to send cash to friends and family though, so I’m glad I came across this site about getting more points. Gonna have to study up on that.

      • Hi @purcitron-

        I have had the traditional amex prepaid card for about 2 years now and just received an email inviting me to try Serve. I’ve not had any problems with it and use it as my “fun money” account, so to speak. I haven’t read the best reviews about the Serve card and I was hoping to get some feedback on this thread.

        • interesting. how do you use your amex prepaid acct?
          serve is good for manufacturing & apparently works for amex sync. i enjoy serve.

        • Sorry for the delayed response @purcitron. I stumbled upon this blog in a google search and had no idea what manufacturing or amex sync were. I don’t use my prepaid card as a way to earn points and offers and had never heard of these strategies, but I must admit that it’s a good idea if an individual can make it work. For me, I simply use my prepaid card as a way to separate my spending money from the money that I need to save or use to pay bills. It’s a way to not overspend or accumulate debt by using charge cards. Also, I use it when vacationing because I don’t have to worry about having a merchant steeling access to my main funds, or fraudulent purchases causing in my main checking account. The information here is helpful however, and I do think I’ll give serve a shot since it seems like the platform and conveniences offered are better than I’m receiving with my Prepaid card. I’ll move my direct deposit over to the serve card and give it a whirl. Thanks for the information.

        • One small disadvantage to Serve: any month in which you do not load at least $500 you’ll be charged $1. Also, Serve does have a foreign transaction fee so do not use it outside the US.

  33. This is one hell of A CONFUSING BLOG SITE. This whole cancel this to get that, is this card to load that card, earn points/miles from this card while loading this card. Then the abbreviations, VR’S, GCM, AK, AOM, NO, CSP, AFM, BB, BLAH BLAH BLAH. I mean some of its understandable but most isn’t. Guys, you have to assume that the reader is an idiot. Myself included. Whenever you’re explaining something to someone, you have to be CLEAR. Not everyone will understand what you’re saying especially when you’re using abbreviation. Some are obvious, as others aren’t. You may know what you’re talking about but I may not, or the next person. The most confusing subject on this blog is the whole earning points, daily load limits also seem to be conflicting with other user statements, cash only loads, and cash advance on credit cards. Now, according to my credit card companies, they’ve advised me that they can not, I repeat, THEY CAN NOT, guarantee me that any transaction I make via the web or in store to purchase a Visa Mastercard Gift Card, or load any prepaid debit cards, would not result in an cash advance. They have stated, it all depends on how the receivers POS (POINT OF SALES) terminal is set up. If it’s set up in a way that would convert your load from a credit card into a cash advance, then yes, you will be responsible for the increased interest rate disclosed to you when you signed up for the credit card. This in turn becomes one major inconvenience due to the fact that once the transaction is made, you can not have it refunded. Furthermore, anytime you purchase a Money Pack or any other reloading options, and/or gift cards, they can not be refunded either. Learned A VERY VERY VALUABLE LESSON. I bought someone a Visa gift card and never gave it to the person because they wanted the cash instead. Therefore I decided to return it, which by the way happened to only be within minutes, they would not refund me back. I was advised to contact the company for a refund. Now I called then and was told I had two options. One keto the card and use it later, or 2, have them cancel the card and issue me a check that takes 10-15 BUSINESS DAYS. Then I later found out that, it was charged against my credit card as a cash advance. She told me it was because the gift cards, reload packs are treated like cash. And to be certain that the merchant receives 100% of the proceeds, the transaction is treated as cash, thus occurring a cash advance opposed to a general credit card purchases. Buyer beware. And all that nonsense about only able to one card out the other, isn’t 100% accurate. I have all of Amex cards. I have an old Travel Cheque Card, Bluebird, Serve, Campus Edition (Which by the way I like best because it doesn’t have the Amex Prepaid Debit Logo on it. And it’s all Black) and the Amex Blue. Hotels, car rental companies ect., won’t accept pre paid cards at time of check in or vehicle pick up. Only to finalize the charges you can use then. But the Campus Card looks just like the Amex Black Credit Card. Whenever I present that card, I don’t ever have an issue. Another to for you guys renting cars without credit cards. Here is a loop hole for you. Try to rent from Alamo, National or Hertz using the SELF SERVICE KIOSKS. Using the kiosk there’s no one there to physically verify the card type. Therefore allowing you to rent a car without seeing anyone. Oh one more thing. I don’t like the fact that after ever transaction, my balance is printed on my receipt. I hate it. Because it’s no one’s business how much is on your card or what’s left. Not only that but it makes you a target for theft. Here’s why, if you don’t take your receipt or you leave it somewhere when someone can see it, they can steal your card and use it quickly for whatever is left on the card. Yes they, they meaning Amex, will refund you back any unauthorized transactions. But it’s the inconvenience of having to report it right away, preferably before the card is used and then the time it takes to replace it. What if you’re on vacation driving home or flying and something happens. Then what do you do? They can overnight you a card to wherever you are but what if it’s Friday or Thursday night? You’ll have to wait until Monday. Not only that but, it’s not like a bank card. Where as if you lose it or is stolen you can walk into the branch and do a withdrawal from the teller. So now you’re stuck. Unless they’ll allow you to pick up one from the store and transfer the money over to that temp card. Until your card arrive. I know Green Dot won’t allow you to do that. And you can only load a green dot card once until you receive your permanent card. Nit will they transfer over any balances. Good luck.

    • Bluebird is only an option with credit cards if you use the credit card to buy an intermediate product. Examples:
      .
      Example 1:
      1. Buy Visa gift cards with credit card (at grocery store, for example)
      2. Use gift cards as debit cards at Walmart to reload Bluebird.
      .
      Example 2:
      1. Buy Vanilla Reload cards with credit card (hard to find places that allow this, but they do exist)
      2. Load reload card money onto bluebird at home.

  34. Everyone is failing to mention that when you buy gift cards using your credit card, there is a fee associated ($3.95 and up) for each gift card. And with gift card limits being $500 at a time, that fee can add up. Example – 10 $500 visa gift cards equals to $39.50 in fees before you even get the rewards. At 2% cash back on the $5000, you only net $60.50.

    I like Serve because you can load up to $2000 per month with a credit card, assuming the credit card company won’t categorize the load as a cash advance. So if you can manage 2-3 (or more) Serve cards, that would be an easier no fee way of getting free points.

      • What’s the point of these cards if you already have a credit or debit card? I don’t get the point of going through the trouble to “load” these cards when you can just use the credit or debit card to buy things with or pay bills being with?

        • The idea is to use a credit card that earns rewards in order to directly or indirectly load these cards. That way you can earn rewards for things that you can’t usually such as paying your rent or mortgage, withdrawing cash from ATMs, etc.

  35. How do you manage spouses/sibling BB or Serve cards with loading the cards? Do you have to use Debit/credit cards that match the name of the BB/Serve cards? Or can they be different names/addresses?

  36. I tried to load serve at my local WM using the kiosk with one of the $200 VGC I got from Staples using Chase Ink Plus card. Everything went find till the point I entered the VGC pin. The machine asked me to enter the pin again which appears to be 9 digits. So, I entered the last 9 digits and it didn’t take and prompt me with the same screen again. Any advise on how I can reload the 5 $200 VGC onto serve at WM?

  37. i closed my serve account and i want to blue bird account but its not accepting my registration
    how long it will take to accept my registration?
    is it accept?

  38. Effective January 6th, 2016 Serve is Blocking international ATM use. It’s an absolute disaster, a stupid move on the part of American Express. I live in a border town, and from my billing address I can SEE THE FENCE between the USA and Mexico. Because I have family, friends and clients in both countries I cross frequently. If I map my week properly, I only need to visit ATM’s within the Moneypass network on the US side but sometimes I do not plan well, or something comes up and I need extra pesos instead of waiting 4-5 hours to cross the border I’ll use an international ATM. Great feature, exchange rates were generous and fees reasonable. Because I have direct deposit my monthly $1 fee is waived. The ONLY revenue Serve gets from me are those international ATM fees. Until now. “Real” credit and debit cards allow you to call customer service and select a check box that says you will be travelling or using international ATM’s. Serve does not. Outsourced customer service gives the standard bogus “security” excuse but seriously, if a card cannot be used that’s not SECURE. It’s worthless. I’ve also had trouble using the card with online orders through certain merchants, but I don’t know whose fault is that. Serve says you can still use the card internationally but that’s not true if you’re connecting from a foreign IP address. Ugh.

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