CVS stops selling PayPal My Cash cards

Overnight, it seems that CVS pharmacies have stopped selling PayPal My Cash cards. Points, Miles and Martinis posted about this change this morning and Stefan of Rapid Travel Chai has since reported a Flyertalk thread with further data points.


While there was one commenter at Flyertalk reporting success in buying a card today, all other reports indicate that the register will not ring up the PayPal My Cash card, suggesting that this is something hard-coded into the register system. Several people have also called the number on the back of a PayPal My Cash card and been told that CVS has stopped selling the cards overnight.

Final Word

This is a disappointing development as it was one of the easy ways to increase credit card spend and get most of it back. It seems that this is a firm decision by CVS to stop selling these particular cards. As Stefan suggests, that move is more likely the result of security concerns with the cards rather than a larger policy shift with regard to gift cards. Still, we will continue to monitor this situation for any further updates.

H/T: Points, Miles, and Martinis and Rapid Travel Chai

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  1. […] It used to be easy to buy and liquidate up to $4,000 per month in PayPal My Cash cards:  Buy My Cash cards at CVS, pay with a credit card, load funds to your PayPal account, then liquidate those funds in a variety of ways.  For those who somehow avoided getting shut down by PayPal, this was an easy way to manufacture spend.  Now, however, CVS has stopped selling these cards altogether. […]


    • They don’t have them anymore. If you find one it won’t activate. You can blame all the Drug Dellers. I was told by a family member that is a DEA agent. This was done by the Obama Administration.Bill from last year..

      • That’s B.S. There are tons of different brand of prepaid cards. There’s a security issue with PayPal cards. That’s the scoop a family member told be who works at PayPal.

    • This explains why my Paypal card was declined at CVS, twice. I thought was a glitch since I had over a $300 positive balance. When I called Paypal they said “We have restricted your usage due to fraud…” I told them they need to let card holders know. So now I don’t use the card anywhere. Whenever I get a credit I transfer it to my checking.

  1. There weren’t any when I went in a couple of weeks ago and I thought that was odd but just bad timing. This is a blow. Anywhere else sale these with CC?

    • Duane Reade Sells Them As Well And “some” Rite Aid Store As Well … There Are Still A “few” Store – CVS – Here In Manhattan That Sells ’em!

      • No they do not, these cards cannot be found at Dollar Generals or CVS. CVS told me themselves that the cards have been phased out due to people stealing the barcodes from the stores without using cash to add.

  2. Okay, I just got off the phone with Paypal. They are ending the Paypal MyCash cards effective immediately. There is now an updated way to get money onto your Paypal account: Paypal Cash.

    Basically, log in to your Paypal account, look on the left hand menu where you see your balance, and you should see “Add Money”. Click that. Now, you’ll see the option to add from your bank account, or Paypal Cash. Click that. You’ll be presented with options for stores that will do this for you, choose one and you’ll be presented with a barcode. Take that barcode to the store, they’ll scan it and you pay. The money should be added to your Paypal account instantly. There is still a $3.95 fee. The lady I talked to suggested that we have the barcode on our phones.

    Also, in order to do this, you’ll need to have your Paypal account associated with your social security number.

    Anyone want to be the Guinea Pig? :-p

    • That’s a cash only option. Churning has been phased out. Shame on anyone who bilked the system, then encouraged others to ruin it by doing same. I only used it to fund legitimate spending on my paypal account. The chase category bonus was worth $25. For incremental $25 per credit card holder, you sold your souls.

      • 1) The Freedom bonus is worth $75 per card per quarter. For those like me with multiple cards, the money easily adds up to hundreds a year.
        2) If you think people were only using PPMCs for the relatively paltry Freedom bonus, you’ve no idea how MS really works. Like, lol.

      • Some detail would be more helpful, that is, where did you do it, cvs? Did you pay with cash, debit, or credit card?

  3. Has anyone else confirmed paypal my cash is done everywhere? Does anyone know if walgreens reloads the used ones? I know they used to sell them but I havent seen them in a while there. Not sure if they reload like used ones like cvs did…

    • I pretty much confirmed it. I went to my local CVS and saw a lot of PayPal cash cards. When a cashier tried to ring it up the register displayed a message saying that this Item cannot be sold.

  4. Wow very odd. Just bought reloaded 2 of these at CVS yesterday, liquidated w/ PPDBC today. Very sad they changed this! Will try again tomorrow to see for myself. Hopefully CVS will continue their ways and allow CC for the new “cash only” purchase. (PPMC was supposed to be cash only too but many CVS still allowed CC purchase)

  5. My cvs couldn’t get the OVGC’s to work either today. Froze each time we tried after swiping my ID. Never had a problem before. Clerk mentioned the same issue with the PayPal cards earlier in the day.

  6. Have no clue how to reload paypal cash card (tried once at cvs last year and didn’t work. the cashier swiped the card just like new papypal cash card, maybe she did wrong?) so i always buy the new ppcc. But about 3 months ago i noticed the stores quit restocking the cards. A store AM at walgreens told me that paypal has stopped issuing new cards. He said instead paypal will be issuing permanent card like debit card that has one’s name on it. At the time I wasn’t sure if i should believe him or not.

    • Dp: In NYC all cvs took down PP cash cards in overnight, no reload or sell as of 5/12. RiteAid at some locations allowing up to $50 on debit cards. :((

  7. I’ll add this DP for any military churners. It looks like AAFES is no longer selling these either. I see the post above about the new way to load so I will try that in the next few days and see how that works with AAFES.

    • Any luck with AAFES?

      Note that the post above says “presented with options for stores that will do this for you”, for me, there are only three retailers in the drop-down (7-11, CVS, RiteAid), is this region specific? anybody get any other retailers?

  8. I have been to several wal greens in the florida area, CVS, Gas stations, If I did find them they cannot be ringed up. they kept saying expired.

  9. I found all the above to be true here in the SF bay area. Can not find or reload ppmc any where. Had to purchase green all I can say wish they bring back ppmc SO MUCH BETTER.

  10. I found all the above to be true here in the SF bay area. Can not find or reload ppmc any where. Had to purchase green dot.BAAAD is all I can say wish they bring back ppmc SO MUCH BETTER.

  11. Do you absolutely need to enter your social security number to add money with Green Dot? Do you absolutely not recommend? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Angie only in the beginning when you initially registering your card. The down side is you can only load 6 moneypaks a month and a total of $1000.00. The monthly fee is higher and to me paypal has more options. Check into it, I don’t like it and I would not recommend it.

  12. Agreed with D.Davus, but PPMC is only loadable with cash now which I can confirm as of two days ago at CVS (anyone has success with CC purchase?).

    • Thanks for the answers guys! So if I understand correctly, I can load PayPal cash card at a CVS with cash only? We only have one family credit card and DH doesn’t want more cards or me to share my social or his so the Green Dot would not be an option for me. Can I print a bar code, present it to the cashier and the cashier would know what to do? Would I do it from​ PayPal? I’m so confused! I don’t have data plan on my phone so I can’t really use my phone for the bar code.

  13. I have been getting the run around all day today with these paypal my cash cards. I went into Walgreens where I normally buy them they had none. The clerk told me they haven’t been getting any in for a couple of months now. I went into 7-11 same situation. So then I went to cvs to use the moneygram they usually let you load a debit card and it was totally deactivated at that location you could only moneygram money for someone to pick up. So then I went to walmart and it got even weirder. They never had the PPMC cards there but before I was able to add money to my account easily by filling out a form and providing the email associated with my account they no longer do it. They also no longer allow you to swipe your card and add money. I called the PPMC customer service line and was basically told as of May 9th the PPMC cards have been deprecated. they no longer use them but i could reload an old card if I had one which I do, however I have tried to reload an old card in the past at walgreens and the clerk could not do it. I explained this to her and asked if there was another option. She gave me a link to to a Paypal CASH page where you select a location and it gives you a barcode to scan only thing is the page doesnt work it doesnt let you select a location and from my phone it just kept redirecting me back to my accoutn summary page. I called the regular paypal line twice neither of the people could help or explain what the issue is. Its really annoying to call a customer service line and none of the employees have answers or a solution. I rarely need to load my account in this manner but I wanted to purchase something online and my account did not have enough funds. I do not want to use my bank or want to connect my bank to anything I have on my phone/online I had a horrible experience when I lost my phone and my account was drained so I learned my lesson. Paypal s just making this extremely difficult and their employees are not informed. i figured the cash page they directed me to is something no longer in service and retailers have decided not to allow paypal for security reasons. Just sad people mess it up for the rest of us.

    is there anyway i can load cash onto another card like green dot etc and get the money to my account? I’ve seen people mention that but I don’t have an “add money” button under my balance just a “transfer money” with an option to add/select a bank.

  14. You can buy a Visa or MC gift card and then create an a PayPal button link to pay yourself. I do this now that PPMC is no longer available. Yes the fees suck but it works.

    I was told by a reputable source that there was too much money going across the border to Mexico and other Latin countries via the PP loads since so many illegals are being paid in cash only. I guess we all got Trumped

    • I have tried to do this before but was denied because the name and address on the card I was using was the same as the information on my paypal account. So basically you cant pay yourself. It will work if the card has someone else’s name and address so keep that in mind too.

  15. I’ve been happily using PayPal cash cards all year in San Francisco. I went into several Walgreens this past week looking for them and none were to be found in any location. Completely removed from the gift card displays . such a disappointment. we can never have nice things in this world.

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