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 Oct 5, 18, 10:01 pm
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Originally Posted by doggiefizzle View Post
$25-500 variables and yes cc is accepted for purchase. I'm going to look up the MCC once the charges post to see if there are any cards that would earn bonus spend at Michaels.
If you have a citi dividend card you could buy the $500s at michaels for department store as I think it codes as such.

ETA, nevermind it's categorized as toys/crafts not department stores.

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Old Oct 5, 18, 10:17 pm
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Originally Posted by ricohitman View Post
If you have a citi dividend card you could buy the $500s at michaels for department store as I think it codes as such.

ETA, nevermind it's categorized as toys/crafts not department stores.
My AXP coded the purchase as “Merchandise and Supples - Arts and Jewelry.” No bonus category; I was slightly hopeful it might post as office supply.

on a different note, I had no idea there was a specific MCC for “Funerals and Crematoriums” and “Bail Bonds.”
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Old Oct 6, 18, 5:33 pm
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Checked out Michael's, nothing.

Stop by my go-to grocery chain store. All the $500 Metabook VGCs were gone from the shelf. Only the MC and AmEx GCs were left there. I managed to find a single $500 Metabank VGC. The last few times I were there, the shelf was always close to full. This store does check ID with more than $500 purchase.

I just feel some HHs hit this store hard and care less about getting ID checked and recorded..... This is the reason some of the MSers do not get much reputation, or any, at all....
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Old Oct 6, 18, 9:56 pm
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I find a similar thing with the start of every quarter where the bonus category is grocery stores (or in this case, Chase Pay). For 3 weeks, there's usually nothing or very limited. But since we got 3 months, I don't worry much.
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Old Nov 28, 18, 2:23 pm
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Finally is able to find a 7-store that sells 500 Vanilla GC. It is a gas station and I hope it is coded as gas. I get the BofA Cash Rewards card that can get to 3% x 1.75.
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Old Jan 5, 19, 6:14 pm
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Please continue this conversation in the new thread for 2019:

Stores that sell $500 gift cards(2019)
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