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 Apr 10, 14, 7:56 pm
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Originally Posted by RyanOH81 View Post
Just curious whether you've checked Heinen's or Dave's supermarkets yet? I haven't had any luck at Giant Eagle or Acme. Maybe a speciality store like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's? Do they even sell gift cards?
As in the Wiki, Whole Foods don't sell gift cards, apart from Whole Foods gift cards. And I believe Trader Joe only sells TJ gift cards.
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Old Apr 10, 14, 8:15 pm
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Also whole foods gift cards can be bought at staples for 5x with ink
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Old Apr 10, 14, 11:16 pm
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Just tried at my local Albertsons chain. Didn't work sadly. What is the next VR? Only time will tell I suppose..
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Old Apr 11, 14, 6:09 am
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Originally Posted by RyanOH81 View Post
Just curious whether you've checked Heinen's or Dave's supermarkets yet? I haven't had any luck at Giant Eagle or Acme. Maybe a speciality store like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's? Do they even sell gift cards?
Good suggestions. I have a Dave's and a Heinen's near me that I'll check. Didn't see anything at Trader Joe's on a recent visit. So far, all my ms purchases are either online, drug stores or office supply stores. Even most if not all gas stations around here are cash only.
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Old Apr 11, 14, 6:41 am
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Originally Posted by TVMAN92 View Post
Just tried at my local Albertsons chain. Didn't work sadly. What is the next VR? Only time will tell I suppose..
What's the local Albertsons in Philly Area? Giant's work
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Old Apr 11, 14, 6:52 am
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I found out why my local Kroger stopped selling the VGC $500 cards... apparently they got a new store director and she is a piece of work. Had to social engineer that out of my favorite cashiers. One day they just were all gone. She must have not liked the risk or something and pulled them. Other Kroger stores in the area still have them... weird.
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Old Apr 11, 14, 6:54 am
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I just added two grocery store small chains located in Mi. I find $500 frequently but not at each location.
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Also whole foods gift cards can be bought at staples for 5x with ink
And Amazon and CVS (and of course at WF) so very easy to get with some variation of 5% off
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Old Apr 11, 14, 7:11 am
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Topic: Grocer stores that sell $500 GCs.

I kindly ask that posters stay with topic here.

It becomes difficult for those seeking specific info as indicated in the thread title when other sub-topics of other types of retailers start to clutter the thread.

RE: discussion of office supply stores.

I appreciate the consideration. Thank you.
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Old Apr 11, 14, 9:41 am
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In my general area, the Albertsons stores don't even check ID. This means I can use gift cards to buy gift cards. I'm 3 for 3 at Albertsons in LA area.
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Old Apr 11, 14, 10:00 am
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Originally Posted by DaveInLA View Post
In my general area, the Albertsons stores don't even check ID. This means I can use gift cards to buy gift cards. I'm 3 for 3 at Albertsons in LA area.
Confused
What do you gain by buying a GC with a GC. No MS advantage in terms of points/cash/miles that I can see.

Where am I going wrong??
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Old Apr 11, 14, 10:25 am
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Confused
What do you gain by buying a GC with a GC. No MS advantage in terms of points/cash/miles that I can see.

Where am I going wrong??
If they bought Amex Gift Cards online they'd get 1.5-2% cashback discount online and then can liquidate them this way.

Buy AmEx Online Example:
Buy $3,000 AmEx GC online with Starwood (example of good 1x card)
~$50 cashback after fees/shipping + 3000 Starpoints
buy 6 GC ($36 in fees + $3 in MO)

Net: $11 cashback + 3,000 starpoints ($50 value). $61 total


In store with PRG
Buy 6 GC in store.... $39 in fees (activation + MO) + 6,000 MR

Net: -$39 cashback + 6,000 MR ($90 value). $51 total


Option A nets more value but you have to worry about having high dollar GCs getting shipped to you through the mail and people sometimes have problems getting approvals thru AmEx GC website. Cashback is also not immediate, etc.


It ends up being an argument of volume vs. profit.
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Old Apr 11, 14, 11:25 am
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Originally Posted by jan_believes View Post
Well, making friends with cashiers is ok but the caveat is that if the store "goes" all cash on the MOs or all cash on the GCs, the desire to have that "friendship" dissipates. Unless there is a different friendship motive.

What I talk about here is based on my own experience. My advice is based on what I WOULD do if my experience was a bit different. I would pose a question to a supervisor and I would accept the answer. Period.
Cash only, hard coded - Supervisor can't do squat to override.
Cash only, not enforced by the register - Supervisor is likely the one who made the policy. Social engineering is needed to get around it.

This means there is no good reason to talk to a manager at an unfriendly store. At the friendly store, you can talk to the manager about stocking up on the GC inventory.

IMHO, there is no such thing as a cash only Safeway unless you allow it to be that way by asking a supervisor/manager, which I would not recommend since it ruins it for those of us who are good at social engineering.
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Old Apr 11, 14, 11:26 am
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Thanks for the quick reply and excellent explanation concerning GC with GC. (Hamhead)

Amex has not been a go to card for me so I was not aware of the opportunity.
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Old Apr 11, 14, 12:52 pm
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Originally Posted by hamhead View Post

If they bought Amex Gift Cards online they'd get 1.5-2% cashback discount online and then can liquidate them this way..
Good explanation, but it's worth noting AMEX gift card portals get 3-4x right now so it's even better. Also, this allows me to spend on cards other than 5x grocery ones
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