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Old Jan 1, 16, 2:28 am
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Simon mall gift cards(2016)

Originally Posted by krazykanuck View Post
At Houston Galleria, they always call (as in they have for months) to do a pre-auth on my CC if I'm buying multiple GCs. Slight annoyance/slowdown but NBD. You can tell because they write the pre-auth number on the form you fill out.
I doubt fraud is the reason they do pre-auth. The only thing pre-auth does is that it verifies the card is indeed valid and has available credit for that amount. A more likely theory is that some managers got paranoid after a few declines (fraud alert, which is guaranteed if you use a brand new Amex outside billing state) and they had to throw away all the cards used.
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Old Jan 2, 16, 9:04 pm
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Originally Posted by krazykanuck View Post
At Houston Galleria, they always call (as in they have for months) to do a pre-auth on my CC if I'm buying multiple GCs. Slight annoyance/slowdown but NBD. You can tell because they write the pre-auth number on the form you fill out.
im a frequent buyer with large amount at houston galleria, never have to do call in advance , simply told them in email that i will pick up and they always have ready for me then just pay and leave the cards that already activated. quick and simple.
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Old Jan 2, 16, 9:29 pm
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Good one

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Old Jan 3, 16, 1:24 am
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Originally Posted by Furyleader View Post
im a frequent buyer with large amount at houston galleria, never have to do call in advance , simply told them in email that i will pick up and they always have ready for me then just pay and leave the cards that already activated. quick and simple.
whom or what email did u send to place an order? TIA
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Old Jan 3, 16, 8:38 am
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Originally Posted by javabytes View Post
One of my local SMs is becoming quite hostile towards MS. Management has told the clerks that people buy the gift cards to earn points and not actually make purchases and that this is theft. So they won't sell $500 GCs to people without management approval. Without approval you can only get about half that per card. And if they think they've seen you before, you must be one of these people after the points, in which case they won't sell to you at all. Don't think about going anywhere near the $10k daily limit printed on the form either.

Another SM did something recently I've never seen before. Before running through the GCs, they asked for the credit card I was using. They called a number on the phone and went through a series of menus, at one point punching in my card number and the purchase amount. Eventually someone picked up on the other and and they exchanged a few words. I asked the clerk about it - said they had to pre authorize the card and make sure it actually had that much money on it, and that they got some sort of authorization number required to put the transaction through. It wasn't a call to a manager asking permission, nor was the form required. After the clerk hung up, then they swiped the GCs and I had to swipe my CC again for payment.
Funny how different areas, places are different....I can pick up 10K a day with no form or ID and they don't bat a eye. Which is great for me!

Then when it comes to unloading Walmart and FD cashiers freak out if I try to load more then $500 each time at the register. My friend goes to another store a couple of hours away and can go and do 5K at the both WM and FD at the resister NO questions asked. Last week he did 25 $100 in a row at FD!
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Old Jan 5, 16, 1:47 pm
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Simon irving down for at least a week, maybe 2 for switching systems
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Old Jan 5, 16, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by gan911 View Post
Simon irving down for at least a week, maybe 2 for switching systems
They might not re-open selling. Rumor Simon isn't going to manage that mall any more per post #2316.
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Old Jan 6, 16, 11:32 am
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Originally Posted by MSPDeltaDude View Post
Funny how different areas, places are different....I can pick up 10K a day with no form or ID and they don't bat a eye. Which is great for me!

Then when it comes to unloading Walmart and FD cashiers freak out if I try to load more then $500 each time at the register. My friend goes to another store a couple of hours away and can go and do 5K at the both WM and FD at the resister NO questions asked. Last week he did 25 $100 in a row at FD!
I thought FD has 500$ limit per store/per day .

How come he can load 2500 $ in the same store ?
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Old Jan 6, 16, 11:33 am
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if GCM banned me , can i buy the simon mall gift cards online ?

I am not able to log into GCM , but i created another ID when buying simon mall gift card online.

I havent got any mail saying the order is cancelled or processed .

GCM is always PITA
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Old Jan 6, 16, 11:37 am
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Originally Posted by kingofkingsforu View Post
if GCM banned me , can i buy the simon mall gift cards online ?

I am not able to log into GCM , but i created another ID when buying simon mall gift card online.

I havent got any mail saying the order is cancelled or processed .

GCM is always PITA
No you may not buy from SM if GCM has banned you. Even though they are not the same company they do talk to one another daily to weed out people that MS. I would suggest loading you Serve card at Wal-Mart directly using a credit card, faster and cheaper, take out the middle man.
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Old Jan 6, 16, 11:40 am
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Originally Posted by kenme1 View Post
No you may not buy from SM if GCM has banned you. Even though they are not the same company they do talk to one another daily to weed out people that MS. I would suggest loading you Serve card at Wal-Mart directly using a credit card, faster and cheaper, take out the middle man.

iam not getting this point . Do u mean buy GC from walmart using the CC and then use that GC to load serve ?

I have citi att which earns 3 typ online . So just trying out for options.

That card sits idle without any earning capabilities
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Old Jan 6, 16, 12:02 pm
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Wow that went straight over his head.
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Old Jan 6, 16, 6:38 pm
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I know this is a Simon thread but FYI to anyone that buys at macerich - fees just went up to $4.95ea. Boo! Now I'm gonna have to go back to Simon which seems to take twice as long for the rep to ring up and process.
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Old Jan 6, 16, 7:57 pm
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is anybody else having problems liquidating simon gc at wally world? since mid December I've had about many instances where the transaction times out. when the transaction times out, i have to swipe the card again for it to process. timing out on serve loads is no big deal but for MO, it freezes the register. i attributed the timing out to the busy holiday season but it's still timing out now. i had timing out transactions the last 2 days.
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Old Jan 6, 16, 9:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Fly1Away1 View Post
is anybody else having problems liquidating simon gc at wally world? since mid December I've had about many instances where the transaction times out. when the transaction times out, i have to swipe the card again for it to process. timing out on serve loads is no big deal but for MO, it freezes the register. i attributed the timing out to the busy holiday season but it's still timing out now. i had timing out transactions the last 2 days.
Had the same problem today at a couple of different WMs. All loads were slow, a few failed and had to be re-swiped. One even locked up the register and the keypad had to be restarted.
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