Stores that sell $500 GCs(up to 2019)

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Grocery stores that sell variable GCs to $500. Please understand these are observations by those who contribute to this thread and are provided for the good of the community. Apologies if some chains are different in different areas. TY.

YES:
7-11 (Vanilla Visa $20-500) - Sometimes limited to 1x per buy. Sometimes buggy. Often codes as gas station.
Big Y (CT/MA): m̶a̶x̶i̶m̶u̶m̶ ̶$̶1̶0̶0̶0̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶r̶g̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶c̶r̶e̶d̶i̶t̶ ̶c̶a̶r̶d̶ ̶p̶e̶r̶ ̶p̶e̶r̶s̶o̶n̶,̶ ̶p̶e̶r̶ ̶d̶a̶y̶;̶ ̶a̶n̶y̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶o̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶m̶u̶s̶t̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶p̶a̶i̶d̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶c̶a̶s̶h̶̶ Cash or debit only
CVS: Vanilla, $2000 max 24 hours
Family Fare (hit and miss)
Food Lion (Post 287 reports no good CC experience. YMMV, Manager override needed cash only memo)
Giant - now accepts CCs as of 10/1/16 - recent change from past cash or debit only policy.
Glens
Haggen
HEB -- usually limited to $1000 total (with fees) but many times they'll sell 2-3 if you split into separate transactions.
H-T
Hy-Vee ($500 limit)
Hannafords (multiple reports that Visa / MC / AMEX GCs are no longer sold at stores)
Kroger (DL will be requested and DL no. entered, even if just buying 1). If you use CHIP PIN card, no DL will be requested
Lowe's Foods (Manager override needed)
Marianos
Meijer Mastercard ONLY (US Bank)
QFC
Ralph's - in So Cal they sell $500 variable load cards
Safeway/Albertsons - most (all?) stores sell $500 variable load. Their banners include Acme, Randalls/Tom Thumb, Vons/Pavilions, Shaw's/Star, and others.
Stop & Shop (when it's stocked - manager override required for $500 and up)
Stater Bros
Walgreen: Vanilla
Weiss: cash only
Winn-Dixie ($500 and up in single transaction requires override from manager for each card - but some cashiers have the override code, and almost all customer service reps have it) (Cash/debit only per #544: edit: varies by region)

PREVIOUSLY:
A&P - Out of business
Acme (DE/MD/NJ/PA). Many in NJ now say NO and stock as been pulled
Albertsons ($1K and up in single transaction requires override from manager and every single VGC over $1K requires override each time)
AutoZone (Vanilla Visa $20-500). Pulled off the shelf now (4/2018) - Update: Was told by store MGR these are seasonal thus expect OCT-JAN each year. If in stock (in back) they can sell them all year.
Jewel
Ralph's
Randalls ($500 VGC purchase requires manager override and they usually check CC vs photo ID)
Safeway ($500 and up in single transaction requires override from manager just 1 time)
ShopRite (not all). SR no longer stock variable load up to $500.00. The variable loads the have now only allow a max of $200.00 for the same 5.95 fee.
Vons ($500 and up in single transaction requires override from manager just 1 time)
Whole Foods $500 (Now only $200 max)

NO:
Publix ($50 and $25)
Festival Foods
Giant Eagle
Bi-Lo

Grocers that sell $200:
Most Albertsons' subsidiaries listed in 'PREVIOUSLY'
Bashas'
HEB
McCaffrey
Piggly Wiggly-up to 200 max. of 1k per transaction 4.95 fee no ID required
Shaws/Star Market $500 Amazon GCs are still around, but all other GCs are only up to $200 at this time.
Shop Rite
Tops
Wegmans
Whole Food

Improvements and additions welcome.

Note: this thread began as an attempt to find out if a Kroger store in the area where jan_believes was travelling might have the variable $500 Visa GC since the store where I was at the time, did not. It has morphed into a discussion about MOs (at Kroger, although other stores MAY be included but not mentioned), as well. Not the intent of the discussion. Use discretion, please. Local rules apply.
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Old Mar 1, 14, 5:53 am
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But never seen 'em at W-D down in the Miami area.

Originally Posted by jonnyd13 View Post
Winn Dixie, Sweetbay
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Old Mar 1, 14, 8:35 am
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Originally Posted by chuckywang View Post
You must have a lot of free time, geez. Go someplace to buy prepaid visa card, go to walmart or grocery store to buy MO, go to bank to deposit it. Time and gas just doesn't seem worth it.
Another (lack of self control) conclusion like the ones from other threads regarding time, efforts, and gasoline costs

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Old Mar 1, 14, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by zimma13 View Post
Careful. This could be deemed "structuring" if you were every investigated. Better to just deposit all in one bank and tell them what you're doing. Be honest. I walked into my local community bank and told the assistant branch manager I was playing a game with credit cards to rack up points and miles and as a result I'd be depositing large dollar volumes of MO. I said if anyone in the bank ever had any other questions, I'd be happy to answer them.

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Old Mar 1, 14, 2:38 pm
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i love that the Visa GC's at Kroger come with a PIN now so I just head to the WM next door and unload without having to call and set pins =)
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Originally Posted by mayday23 View Post
This is my 2nd month doing MS and i cleared $1,400 in Feb. While not groundbreaking, certainly worth my effort.
Interesting.

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Old Mar 1, 14, 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by chuckywang View Post
You must have a lot of free time, geez. Go someplace to buy prepaid visa card, go to walmart or grocery store to buy MO, go to bank to deposit it. Time and gas just doesn't seem worth it.
Yes, time and gas have to be factored in. But MS gets me highly discounted gas, and on my trips to Walmart I am filling up my BB, buying MO, doing banking at the built in bank inside the Walmart, and doing some shopping, and sometimes getting my oil changed there. So yea, totally not worth my time...
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Old Mar 3, 14, 11:13 pm
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I got to thinking about Whole Foods, too. They are far away so I won't make a special trip but if I am driving by anyway...
I may be missing something, but I didn't think Whole Foods sold MOs or V/MC GCs. At least, I've not seen one that does (ok, so I've only been in 3 of them). Do they have them hidden away somewhere?
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Originally Posted by bobert24 View Post
I may be missing something, but I didn't think Whole Foods sold MOs or V/MC GCs. At least, I've not seen one that does (ok, so I've only been in 3 of them). Do they have them hidden away somewhere?
Hi, bobert, thanks for post.

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Old Mar 4, 14, 3:24 pm
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Originally Posted by zimma13 View Post
Careful. This could be deemed "structuring" if you were every investigated. Better to just deposit all in one bank and tell them what you're doing. Be honest. I walked into my local community bank and told the assistant branch manager I was playing a game with credit cards to rack up points and miles and as a result I'd be depositing large dollar volumes of MO. I said if anyone in the bank ever had any other questions, I'd be happy to answer them.
No, it would not. No currency involved = no structuring. Period, full stop.
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This seems to have shifted from a GC thread to a MO thread.

If so: Food Lion sells MOs, 46 cents per $500.
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Originally Posted by tuphat View Post
This seems to have shifted from a GC thread to a MO thread.

If so: Food Lion sells MOs, 46 cents per $500.
Indeed.

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Old Mar 24, 14, 7:32 pm
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Just wanted to update what I did. I bought the variable $500 VGCs at Kroger and was required to submit my DL no. to the cashier upon each purchase.

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Old Mar 24, 14, 7:56 pm
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Wegmans is the only grocery store that I have found to not sell anything above $200. Harris Teeter (owned by Kroger), Acme, and Giant all sell $500 GCs. My local Acme keeps the VGC behind the counter, though.
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