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This is the thread for 2017 onward. The previous discussion can be found here.

UPDATED Oct-2018: A lot of CVS store take CCs for GC purchases. Some stores check CCs and scan driver's license (with hand scanner). The best GCs are OVVGC and VVGC. The only differences are card designs. The current fee is $5.95 for $25 - $500 variable loading. If prompted for PIN, enter the last 4 digits.

Look for mobile shipping portal with CVS bonus. Certain CCs have category bonus.

CVS is cash only for all Incomm-related reloads and reloadable cards, including Vanilla Reloads and Serve swipe reloads.
See memo to stores for complete list. Other cards at CVS can still be bought using credit, but YMMV depending on location, Manager, etc.

Transaction limits since October 20, 2014:
Transactions with $300 or more of card face value require ID.
Limit $ 2000 of card face value per 24 hour rolling period. (Some are reporting limit of $1000 per 24 hrs as of 2/2018)?
Limit of 10 cards per 24 hours.

Cash Register Freezing
Multiple reports that the CVS cash register will freeze and lock after scanning the ID when purchasing multiple prepaid cards. Then the register's computer needs to be restarted. Some report that "swiping" the ID instead of "scanning" will avoid the issue.

Limit of 7 tenders (swipes) per transaction. This is most commonly run into when using low-value AGCs. After seven, the transaction must be complete, no cash (or any other payment method) will be accepted to pay the balance.

System error after giving them license If you keep getting this error, there could be a problem with the magnetic strip on your license. Have them use the wand to scan it instead.
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Old Dec 4, 17, 2:06 pm
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$1k away from 10,000 bonus on AA exec. Which cvs gift card can I buy to use for mo at Walmart?
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Old Dec 4, 17, 3:27 pm
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$1k away from 10,000 bonus on AA exec. Which cvs gift card can I buy to use for mo at Walmart?
Please read wiki of WM MO thread.
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Old Dec 4, 17, 3:52 pm
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Originally Posted by vbnet View Post
$1k away from 10,000 bonus on AA exec. Which cvs gift card can I buy to use for mo at Walmart?
-Visas issued by MetaBank work great. Pin is last 4 digits
-MC issued by US bank work good, but you need to change payment type to debit before they enter the amount in the register. Swipe and hit "Cancel" or "Change Payment" to select "Debit" on the screen and have them enter amount and then enter the pin. Pin in packaging.
-Any Vanilla product affiliated with InComm or ITC Financial Services will not work for swipes > $49.99.
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Old Dec 4, 17, 4:29 pm
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Originally Posted by ramonortiz55 View Post
-Visas issued by MetaBank work great. Pin is last 4 digits
-MC issued by US bank work good, but you need to change payment type to debit before they enter the amount in the register. Swipe and hit "Cancel" or "Change Payment" to select "Debit" on the screen and have them enter amount and then enter the pin. Pin in packaging.
-Any Vanilla product affiliated with InComm or ITC Financial Services will not work for swipes > $49.99.
Thanks Ramonortiz55!
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Old Dec 14, 17, 3:19 pm
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amex gcs still auto drain at cvs?
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Old Dec 17, 17, 5:39 am
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so the $4.95 OVs are gone? Hadn't bought one in a few months but wasn't able to find one at my local CVS.. what happened?
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Old Dec 17, 17, 3:50 pm
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so the $4.95 OVs are gone? Hadn't bought one in a few months but wasn't able to find one at my local CVS.. what happened?
Months ago, a lot of drugstores including WAG and CVS have replaced their OVs and other variable vanillas with those with $5.95 fees. I don't have Rite Aid but I've read their variables are now up to $250 with higher fees(?).

I found out there are still CVS stores with OVs that have the raised numbers with $4.95 fees. Good for those trying to meet the $6.5K threshold on 0BC and those MSing first 6 months on WF visa signature.
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Old Dec 18, 17, 3:44 am
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Originally Posted by Mamibear View Post
Months ago, a lot of drugstores including WAG and CVS have replaced their OVs and other variable vanillas with those with $5.95 fees. I don't have Rite Aid but I've read their variables are now up to $250 with higher fees(?).

I found out there are still CVS stores with OVs that have the raised numbers with $4.95 fees. Good for those trying to meet the $6.5K threshold on 0BC and those MSing first 6 months on WF visa signature.
oh ok thanks! Last I bought them was around July/August. Will keep an eye out when I pop into other CVS's to see if there are any around! Yes that $6.5K threshold is going to come up soon for me on my OBC, do you know if Amex serve loading still counts towards that threshold?

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Old Dec 18, 17, 7:11 am
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oh ok thanks! Last I bought them was around July/August. Will keep an eye out when I pop into other CVS's to see if there are any around! Yes that $6.5K threshold is going to come up soon for me on my OBC, do you know if Amex serve loading still counts towards that threshold?
I don't know and I haven't read DPs related to that. You can test it and report results later.
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Old Dec 18, 17, 9:51 am
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I don't know and I haven't read DPs related to that. You can test it and report results later.
My rewards year reset sometime in Feb.. I'll report back.
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Old Dec 22, 17, 8:48 am
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I have a problem. It seems the cashier gave me an empty visa card (she couldn't ring the card, so she took a new one and threw the old one into a trash. Now, I guess the "card in the trash" has $500, and the card I have - $0.00).

Is there a solution to this problem? Should I go to the store and talk to them?
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Old Dec 22, 17, 9:02 am
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Yes. Something like this happened to me at staples and I went back to swap the card
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Old Dec 22, 17, 9:48 am
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Originally Posted by jk2 View Post
I have a problem. It seems the cashier gave me an empty visa card (she couldn't ring the card, so she took a new one and threw the old one into a trash. Now, I guess the "card in the trash" has $500, and the card I have - $0.00).

Is there a solution to this problem? Should I go to the store and talk to them?
Next time, before leaving store you need to compare card/s with receipt.
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Old Dec 22, 17, 11:16 am
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I tried to buy two $500 OVs with 4.95 fee but register rejected the 2nd card. This was a cashier I've dealt with before and he showed me the screen where register rejected the 2nd although he said I can buy it in a separate transaction. I decided to just buy 1 with my WF card. I'll try other stores to see if they have limited buying GCs up to a certain amount per transaction.
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Old Dec 23, 17, 3:40 am
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Next time, before leaving store you need to compare card/s with receipt.
yes, I know. This is first time happened during all these years.
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