A couple of months ago I took advantage of a back to school sale at Staples and bought some photo paper that was ridiculously cheap after rebate. I’ve received rebates for years from Staples and have found the process to be easy, reasonably quick and reliable.
The rebates for the photo paper (I bought two packs) was given in the form of a pre-loaded Visa card. How the heck am I supposed to put that in my savings account? I didn’t even try to make that happen.
Instead I decided to use the card on textbooks for my son in Paramedic school. He needs lots of books and I offered to buy some as an early Christmas present. I bought them online and found competitive pricing at Amazon.com along with free shipping. I used some of my awards from survey sites, my prepaid Visa card and the rest from my checking account.
If your balance is more than the amount on the card there is no way to indicate it during the sale. Instead, I got a card declined email. What I ended up doing was removing one of the books from the cart so the amount due was less than the card balance. That worked, but I still have about $12. on the card. I plan to spend that (if possible) reloading my Starbucks card at Starbucks.com.
I’m still annoyed at Staples. I think they offer the cards instead of a check because a certain percent of recipients won’t go to all the trouble involved with spending it. Next time, I’ll read the rebate information carefully before I buy.
Have you had a good experience with prepaid credit cards?
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