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This is the thread for 2018. The old thread is here.

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xx/xx/15 - xx/xx/15 Promotion

Participating items must be purchased in a single transaction. Limit one(1) offer per transaction

These coupons often do not scan properly(coming up -0.01 along with a 0.01) and require override. Override is always required at SCO.

If the coupon off your next order does not print out, you can request it online here.

When redeeming the coupon, the following items are excluded in the calculation of the minimum spend requirement:
-Fluid dairy such as Milk, Half & Half, etc
-Blunts, alcohol, and smokes
-Gift cards, Lottery tickets, MoneyGram, etc
-Taxes

2021 J4U offers
Feb. 10, 2021: 1) Save $15 off two $100 Visas and 2) Save $10 off two $50 Visas. Exp: 2/23/2021
Mar 28, 2021: 1) Save $15 off 2 $100 MCs and 2) Save $10 off 2 $50 MCs. Exp: 04/10/2021
May 2, 2021: 1) Save $15 off 2 $100 MCs and 2) Save $10 off 2 $50 MCs. Exp: 05/15/2021
May 23, 2021: 1) Save $15 off two $100 Visas and 2) Save $10 off two $50 Visas. Exp: 6/5/2021
July 1, 2021: Post 1235 reported that Safeway is switching vendor from Blackhawk to Incomm


2020 J4U offers
Feb. 9: 1) $15 off two $100 Visas; 2) $10 off two $50 Visas (non variables)
March 29, 2020: Two J4U offers: save $15 off 2 x $100 MCs and save $10 off 2 x $50 MCs. Exp: 04/11/2020.
May 3, 2020: Save $10 off $100+ MCs. Exp: 05/16/2020.
May 24, 2020: Save $10 off $100+ Visas. Exp: 6/6/2020
June 14, 2020: Save $10 off $100+ Visas. Exp: 6/27/2020
June 28, 2020: Save $10 off $100+ MCs. Exp: 7/11/2020
Aug. 16, 2020: 1) Save $15 off two $100 Visas and 2) Save $10 off two $50 Visas. Exp: 8/29/2020
Aug. 30, 2020: 1) Save $15 off two $100 MCs and 2) Save $10 off two $50 MCs. Exp: 9/12/2020
Sept. 13, 2020: 1) Save $15 off two $100 Visas and 2) Save $10 off two $50 Visas. Exp: 9/26/2020
Oct. 18, 2020: 1) Save $15 off 2 $100 MCs and 2) Save $10 off 2 $50 MCs. Exp: 10/31/2020
Oct. 25, 2020: 1) Save $15 off 2 $100 Visas and 2) Save $10 off 2 $50 Visas. Exp: 11/7/2020
Nov. 15, 2020: 1) Save $15 off 2 $100 MCs and 2) Save $10 off 2 $50 MCs. Exp: 11/28/2020
Nov. 29, 2020: 1) Save $15 off 2 $100 Visas and 2) Save $10 off 2 $50 Visas. Exp: 12/12/2020
Dec. 6, 2020: Save $10 off $100+ Visas. Exp: 12/12/2020
Dec. 27, 2020: Save $10 off $100+ Visas. Exp: 1/2/2021

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Safeway/Vons Master thread (2018 onwards)

Old Aug 13, 2018, 1:06 pm
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Tried variables and did not work, No.Calif.
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Old Aug 13, 2018, 9:42 pm
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Another update regarding the 'everywhere' style vgcs. WM takes the explore type, too. I tested this after I realized that all of the explore cards have an identical BIN, thus there is no difference between any of them, is all just marketing to increase breakage. Happy M$ing!
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Old Aug 14, 2018, 12:51 am
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Originally Posted by BigYellowDog
Anyone having issues with the coupon not working? 2 of the 3 accounts I tried this morning would not take off the $15.
No problems here
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Old Aug 14, 2018, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by wyogold
Another update regarding the 'everywhere' style vgcs. WM takes the explore type, too. I tested this after I realized that all of the explore cards have an identical BIN, thus there is no difference between any of them, is all just marketing to increase breakage. Happy M$ing!
It's not just marketing. The Fuel Everywhere cards works at Costco gas pump, but not in the store.
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Old Aug 14, 2018, 5:56 pm
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Originally Posted by ElPresidente
It's not just marketing. The Fuel Everywhere cards works at Costco gas pump, but not in the store.
The style, home, dining and explore (which are the only 200 denominations) all work at the WM money center, is my point.
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Old Aug 14, 2018, 7:32 pm
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Originally Posted by wyogold
Another update regarding the 'everywhere' style vgcs. WM takes the explore type, too. I tested this after I realized that all of the explore cards have an identical BIN, thus there is no difference between any of them, is all just marketing to increase breakage. Happy M$ing!
Did they work to trigger the current promo?
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Old Aug 14, 2018, 7:53 pm
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Originally Posted by wyogold
The style, home, dining and explore (which are the only 200 denominations) all work at the WM money center, is my point.
Office Depot variable Dining Everywhere Visa GC

Everywhere cards work at NM and Super WM locations.
They do not work at non-Super "regular" WM.

Other merchants often follow the vendor coding. I wouldn't be trapped
with a huge inventory of these, in case WM suddenly changed policy.

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Old Aug 15, 2018, 12:49 am
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Welp, burned for the first time on VGC purchase.

I picked up 2 $100 VGC yesterday at Safeway.

Skinned them today, and noticed only one wad of glue instead of multiple
wads and it seemed .... different.... gummier than usual.

Hm.... Called number to set PINs. and found $0 balance.
Each spent at DIFFERENT WM in neighboring city.

Ugh.

I look at the backs of packs while standing at checkout, and these
hadn't seemed tampered with to my untrained eye. I guess they are
better at putting them back together than I thought. And the personnel
to drain them at multiple stores.

My first brush with fraud.
Next up is filing with Blackhawk.

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Old Aug 16, 2018, 12:15 pm
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Originally Posted by ElPresidente
Welp, burned for the first time on VGC purchase.

I picked up 2 $100 VGC yesterday at Safeway.

Skinned them today, and noticed only one wad of glue instead of multiple
wads and it seemed .... different.... gummier than usual.

Hm.... Called number to set PINs. and found $0 balance.
Each spent at DIFFERENT WM in neighboring city.

Ugh.

I look at the backs of packs while standing at checkout, and these
hadn't seemed tampered with to my untrained eye. I guess they are
better at putting them back together than I thought. And the personnel
to drain them at multiple stores.

My first brush with fraud.
Next up is filing with Blackhawk.
Yep, you can't go by the packaging... They're able to tamper with impunity. You have to treat these like live grenades... You don't want it in your hands any longer than necessary for you to get rid of it.
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Old Aug 17, 2018, 9:14 am
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Originally Posted by ElPresidente
Welp, burned for the first time on VGC purchase.

I picked up 2 $100 VGC yesterday at Safeway.

Skinned them today, and noticed only one wad of glue instead of multiple
wads and it seemed .... different.... gummier than usual.

Hm.... Called number to set PINs. and found $0 balance.
Each spent at DIFFERENT WM in neighboring city.

Ugh.

I look at the backs of packs while standing at checkout, and these
hadn't seemed tampered with to my untrained eye. I guess they are
better at putting them back together than I thought. And the personnel
to drain them at multiple stores.

My first brush with fraud.
Next up is filing with Blackhawk.
What general area were these purchased in?
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Old Aug 17, 2018, 12:37 pm
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Originally Posted by knopfler
What general area were these purchased in?
Small town west of Sacramento.

Per transaction records, spent the next day, at 2 different WM in Sacramento area.

I've handled many thousands of VGC over the years. Now while I didn't
get out my magnifying glass in checkout, they passed a quick inspection.
After thumbing off a lot of the little gummy adhesive patches over the years
though, I knew immediately after I skinned them the next day something
wasn't right. So going forward, where I can't immediately unload them
I will at least skin them and check for normal adhesive type and placement.

The logistics of this fraud I don't understand. The travel time, spending
at different stores, extracting value.... it just seems like a lot of manhours
versus the risk of appearing on CCTV recordings all over.
It seems to me if scaled out to make good money, they'd end up
some fraud investigator's radar eventually.

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Old Aug 19, 2018, 10:21 am
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Originally Posted by ElPresidente
The logistics of this fraud I don't understand. The travel time, spending
at different stores, extracting value.... it just seems like a lot of manhours
versus the risk of appearing on CCTV recordings all over.
It seems to me if scaled out to make good money, they'd end up
some fraud investigator's radar eventually.
that's not how it works. first, they go into the store and steal racks of non-activated gift cards. they take them, remove the sticker to get the code, and copy down the card number and code. then, they put new stickers on the code and put them back on the rack at the store (could be same or different store; doesn't matter). they have a script running that checks the balance of 100s or 1000s of cards at a time, maybe once a day or perhaps even once an hour. the script alerts them when any of the cards shows a positive balance, and they drain it right away.
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Old Aug 19, 2018, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by crabbing
that's not how it works. first, they go into the store and steal racks of non-activated gift cards. they take them, remove the sticker to get the code, and copy down the card number and code. then, they put new stickers on the code and put them back on the rack at the store (could be same or different store; doesn't matter). they have a script running that checks the balance of 100s or 1000s of cards at a time, maybe once a day or perhaps even once an hour. the script alerts them when any of the cards shows a positive balance, and they drain it right away.
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Old Aug 19, 2018, 2:36 pm
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They may not even have to go into the store. These gift cards arrive in a colorful marked box, taped up with tape indicating to reject if tampered. It could be as simple as stealing the package when it arrives via FedEx. Since it arrives via FedEx Ground, they might leave them at an unattended loading dock (because FedEx Ground is a separate company from FedEx itself, and the drivers are paid differently so they don't care), where the crooks can easily swipe them.
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Old Aug 25, 2018, 12:29 pm
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4x gas points on Happy cards. Deal exp- 9/8.
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