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Mixed Reports from Walmart
A few days ago I wrote about a possible Walmart memo marking the end of Bluebird/Serve loads with pin-enabled gift cards. At the time some people expressed concern while others took a more positive position. (There are a lot of good comments on that post.)
Here we are a few days later and I don’t have any definitive news for you. The one thing I can say is that I have heard more reports of issues in the past couple of days than in the past couple of years combined.
What People Have Reported
Here are some examples of what people have reported on my original post:
I tried to load a $500 VGC on my Serve account today with Kate. Everything went smoothly until I looked at the receipt – “DEBIT NOT APPROVED VENDOR DOWN”
Anybody know what this means? – Charles 2/25
Confirming. New Kates (the open ones) do not accept GC (tried three different versions/banks). PIN doesn`t go through (after Enter, it prompts to enter it again. And again. Without any error message. – Katrina 2/21
Charles, the first person quoted above had reported success on 2/21, so perhaps his store has changed over. I have also seen a number of reports on both Twitter and the Travel Codex forum that are both good and bad.
The bottom line is that some people are being denied and some people are having success. As mentioned before, I have never seen this many reports of problems before which leads me to believe a change is coming. With that said, it may be awhile.
Please continue to report your experiences in the comments. If you don’t have a backup liquidation plan, I highly suggest not purchasing large amounts of gift cards until we learn more about what is happening.