More Problems with Mastercard Gift Cards
We have seen some issues in the past with Mastercard gift cards. That’s one of the reasons why people prefer Visa gift cards, besides the easier options for liquidation. But now there’s some new reports, that points to a different issue with these gift cards.
Multiple people have reported that when swiping Mastercard Gift Cards at checkout, they get a “not authorized” message on payment screen. But funds are still taken out of the card. The issues were reported on reddit.
The data points show that Mastercard gift cards from Staples, Safeway, Dollar Geenral and Korger are having the same problem. Clearly not all gift cards are having issues, but there’s enough data points to raise concerns.
Personally I have purchases Mastercard Gift Cards from Staples and Stop & Shop and haven’t had any of these problems. But it’s good to be aware of these possible issues and if you have the option, you should probably go for Visa gift cards instead. It’s a major hassle to try and figure out how to get your fund back.