GiftCardMall Visa Gift Card PIN
GiftCardMall used to be a somewhat decent way to purchase Visa gift cards online to meet minimum spending requirements on credit cards, especially with .5% back from portals. It wasn’t the cheapest or best way, but for a lot of people the simplicity of ordering personalized cards online made it worth it.
Then a couple of months ago GiftCardMall relaunched their entire website and made some huge changes. Among them was lowering the limit on Visa gift cards from $500 down to $250. Thankfully, one of our readers was able to find a backdoor link which is still working to purchase the old cards to this day.
No More PINs?
The other day someone alerted me to language contained within the terms for Visa gift cards on the new GiftCardMall site. This is what the new terms & conditions page says about PINs:
A PIN is a four-digit code that may be used to make purchase transactions instead of signing for your transaction. You will not receive a Personal Identification Number (“PIN”) with your Card Account.
This would seem to indicate that PIN numbers no longer come with these cards. I don’t actually think this is true though. Visa gift cards sold by GiftCardMall are issued by either Metabank or Sunrise Bank. Both banks provide PINs on all of their gift cards. Neither supply a PIN to you, but rather the PIN is the last four digits of the card number. Perhaps that is where the language above comes from.
I know some of you are still using the backdoor links, so I thought I would ask if you have had any issues with PINs on these cards. Specifically I think we should answer:
- Are cards ordered through the backdoor link still pin-enabled?
- Are cards ordered through the new site pin-enabled?
- Is the pin on these cards still the last four digits of the card number?
My Best Guess
My best guess is that all of these cards are still pin-enabled and that the pin is the last four digits, but I just want to confirm for those who are still interested. Feel free to share your recent experiences in the comments and head over to this post for instructions on using the backdoor link along with a portal (read the comments) if you are interested.