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Old Dec 24, 12, 5:23 pm   #91
 
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Bought 3 VR today (one around 4:30 EST and the other two around 5:30 EST) from CVS using gift cards.

All three initially gave Card is Deactivated (4002), and then the first card loaded around 6:40 EST. The other two are still not working.

Seems to be pretty random timing. I've been on hold with VR Customer Service for over an hour...

Anyone else have any luck?

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Old Dec 24, 12, 5:48 pm   #92
 
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Bought 3 VR today (one around 4:30 and the other two around 5:30) from CVS using gift cards.

All three initially gave Card is Deactivated (4002), and then the first card loaded around 6:40. The other two are still not working.

Seems to be pretty random timing. I've been on hold with VR Customer Service for over an hour...

Anyone else have any luck?
Yes, I bought 3 at CVS today at 3:00pm CA Time, receipt says activated but not loading now (nearly 2 hours later).
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Old Dec 24, 12, 6:33 pm   #93
 
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Yes, I bought 3 at CVS today at 3:00pm CA Time, receipt says activated but not loading now (nearly 2 hours later).
Just FYI, another one of my cards went through. Purchased 5:30 EST.
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Old Dec 24, 12, 8:21 pm   #94
 
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I picked one up around 3pm this afternoon and just took my first shot at loading - error 4002. Receipt has the 'prepaid card activation will occur within 24 hours' message on my receipt (with the correct serial number), so guess I'll be trying again later or tomorrow then calling Incomm...
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Old Dec 24, 12, 11:06 pm   #95
 
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I picked one up around 3pm this afternoon and just took my first shot at loading - error 4002. Receipt has the 'prepaid card activation will occur within 24 hours' message on my receipt (with the correct serial number), so guess I'll be trying again later or tomorrow then calling Incomm...
To close the loop on this - just tried again and it loaded successfully (~10 hours after purchase)
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Old Dec 25, 12, 2:41 pm   #96
 
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When does the VR reload turn over?

I know there is a $5,000 max in terms of VRing a Bluebird account. Is that month mark on the 1st, a month from when you first completed a VR reload or a on the day you opened your account?

Danke!
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Old Dec 25, 12, 2:56 pm   #97
 
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Bought a VR at noon and just loaded w/o any problems.
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Old Dec 25, 12, 4:39 pm   #98
 
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Bought 3 VR today (one around 4:30 EST and the other two around 5:30 EST) from CVS using gift cards.

All three initially gave Card is Deactivated (4002), and then the first card loaded around 6:40 EST. The other two are still not working.

Seems to be pretty random timing. I've been on hold with VR Customer Service for over an hour...

Anyone else have any luck?
Between all the activation issues, the long hold times when calling customer service and the scavenger hunting we have to do to even get the Vanillas, I'm beginning to wonder if this is worth it. I'm not there yet. Just beginning to wonder.
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Old Dec 25, 12, 4:40 pm   #99
 
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Please help me I can find plenty of vanilla in Chicago but nothing in the west suburb. PM me...
Why not just buy them when you're in the city?
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Old Dec 25, 12, 4:45 pm   #100
 
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Calendar, iirc
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Old Dec 25, 12, 8:07 pm   #101
 
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Had loading issues at CVS too...took four hrs for card to be activated but all O K now
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Old Dec 25, 12, 8:50 pm   #102
 
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20K vanillas in one swoop. wow: http://thepointsguy.com/2012/12/maxi...t-card-to-use/
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Old Dec 25, 12, 9:26 pm   #103
 
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That would get me flagged for sure!
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Old Dec 26, 12, 3:19 pm   #104
 
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I am not advocating this, but just posing a question. I cannot find any Vanilla Reloads in my area unless at Walgreens (Cash Only). What if someone were to walk out with two unloaded cards there and take them to CVS to have them load via credit card? Thoughts??
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Old Dec 26, 12, 3:33 pm   #105
 
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What if someone were to walk out with two unloaded cards there and take them to CVS to have them load via credit card? Thoughts??
Other than the person doing it is pond scum?

That it is wrong?

That the same person would probably also see nothing wrong with buying a diamond ring or bracelet online at Costco.com with a Visa card and returning it at a Costco store and getting a cash refund because the stores have no way to credit back to a Visa card - and then boast about it?

How about grabbing a few bags of chips and a six-pack, walking out with them and paying for them at a CVS as well? Don't try to tell me it is any different.
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