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GiftCardMall Activation Issues, BackDoor Link & Gift-Less Design
As I mentioned the other day, GiftCardMall has completely revamped their website. Along with the new design, they also lowered the maximum denomination on Visa gift cards from $500 all the way down to $250. This change really kills the viability of GiftCardMall for manufacturing spend.
Since the other day, there have been new activation issues, a backdoor link has surfaced and I finally found a design that doesn’t have the word “Gift” on it. (Although that is pointless now.) Lets dive in to find out the latest developments.
Back Door Link
In my post the other day, Carl shared a still working link to the old Visa gift card site with $500 Visas available. I haven’t tried ordering through it, but since this link doesn’t work with the portals, I don’t see any value in it. Still, some of you may want to place one last order, so I thought I would pass on the information.
New Activation System
I received an order of cards purchased about a week ago and tried to activate them yesterday. Unfortunately the activation website has been updated as well. Firstly, it requires that you login to activate the cards. Then it takes you to the following screen to enter the card information.
After clicking next, you are taken to another screen asking that you enter the activation code sent with the card. Apparently under their new system, the activation code will be printed behind the card and not on a separate mailer. Here is the screenshot:
The use of red lines and arrow is theirs and not mine. Unfortunately with the old cards, the number printed in that spot is the last four digits of the card number. Additionally, the four digit activation code that came in a separate mailer didn’t work either. Eventually after entering in the “wrong” activation code, my account was locked.
Besides having my account locked, this new “system” takes you to three screens where the old one did everything on the same screen. Additionally, you have to login as well. Talk about inefficiency. Thankfully I found an easy way to activate cards.
How to Activate
Since I know many of you probably purchased cards under the old system, I thought I would show you how to activate them without locking your account. You have two options:
Option 1: Call 1-866-357-7391 to activate with their automated system. This is how I activated my 10 cards before I discovered option 2. It took a total of 6 minutes to activate 10 cards.
Option 2: Much like the backdoor link above for the $500 cards, I have found a backdoor link for the activation site. Clicking here should bring you to the old version of the activation site where your codes should work.
Designs Without “Gift”
A few weeks ago I wrote about how GiftCardMall had started printing the word “Gift” prominently on cards. Pretty soon after that post, I placed an order for 10 cards, all with different designs. The goal was to test as many designs as possible to see if any of them were “Gift-less”.
While the results are pointless now considering the new website has hundreds of new designs, I thought I would share my findings. Here is a scan of the 10 cards. 9 of them have the word “gift” directly below the cardholders name, but one does not!
I know it might be hard to see, but only the candy cane design in the bottom left is without the word “gift”. Of course, this is all pointless now, but I thought I would share just for fun!
GiftCardMall’s new system has really made it impossible to manufacture spend efficiently, but I thought this one last post was warranted to help you avoid hassles when activating your cards purchased under the old system. If for some reason you still want to use the backdoor link to purchase Visa gift cards, consider the candy cane design if you want to avoid the word gift. Other than that, probably time to move on at this point.
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