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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
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Old May 9, 19, 8:37 am
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Originally Posted by abhilife2001 View Post
Am not able to use the MCGC in the WM NM I frequently visit and where it always worked..Need suggestions in alternate options.



Sorry its a typo.. I meant I received error on MCGC's.
If ur location has FD or DG stores, try there
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Old May 9, 19, 11:37 am
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Originally Posted by abhilife2001 View Post
Am not able to use the MCGC in the WM NM I frequently visit and where it always worked..Need suggestions in alternate options.



Sorry its a typo.. I meant I received error on MCGC's.
I was able to use MCGC today at WM. Had to do the usual cancel trick.
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Old May 13, 19, 12:55 pm
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How much do you guys purchase gift card at Safeway each week? What is a reasonable volume? I was doing self check out at my regular store and a guy came up from nowhere asked me why I purchase so many gift cards every week ( roughly 6k amazon)? Obviously he is internal investigator for Safeway not the kind of store casher and they suspect some kind of fraud is going on. I explained to him that all i am doing is for gas points. He said he is going to file a report to headquarter.

What suggestions do you guys have to keep under the radar? Thanks
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Old May 13, 19, 9:41 pm
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Originally Posted by vodafone View Post
How much do you guys purchase gift card at Safeway each week? What is a reasonable volume? I was doing self check out at my regular store and a guy came up from nowhere asked me why I purchase so many gift cards every week ( roughly 6k amazon)? Obviously he is internal investigator for Safeway not the kind of store casher and they suspect some kind of fraud is going on. I explained to him that all i am doing is for gas points. He said he is going to file a report to headquarter.

What suggestions do you guys have to keep under the radar? Thanks
Did the investigator ask you how large is your gas tank?
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Old May 14, 19, 3:35 am
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Blackhawk Network (the gift card issuer and/or middleman) monitors gift card activations, so they alert Safeway's Risk Management department whenever out-of-pattern gift card purchases are made. The store also doesn't want to lose money due to fraud, and also doesn't want to be a party in a scam investigation. Certain popular cards involved in scams and fraud such as Apple, Google Play, and Amazon are monitored closely, as well as the open loop VGC, MCGC, and AMEXGC to thwart money laundering. All gift card activations are processed through Blackhawk Network, and they can disable gift card activations at the store if they suspect something is up.

If you want to keep under the radar, stop going to Safeway. They're likely keeping an eye on you now throughout the division, and it won't matter whether you're buying one $100 gift card, or you continue your $6k binge. If they question you further, just be honest. You're doing it for the credit card points.
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Old May 14, 19, 5:37 am
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Thanks for the input. I redeemed the gas points for gas pump and also used for the coupon thing. So purchased large quantity every week.
This go-to store is very close to my house and their self-check out is very friendly for gift card check out (no override needed for any amount).
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Old May 14, 19, 8:45 am
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Originally Posted by vodafone View Post
How much do you guys purchase gift card at Safeway each week? What is a reasonable volume? I was doing self check out at my regular store and a guy came up from nowhere asked me why I purchase so many gift cards every week ( roughly 6k amazon)? Obviously he is internal investigator for Safeway not the kind of store casher and they suspect some kind of fraud is going on. I explained to him that all i am doing is for gas points. He said he is going to file a report to headquarter.

What suggestions do you guys have to keep under the radar? Thanks
Break it up to $2k or less per transaction, multiple stores too.

Originally Posted by vodafone View Post
Thanks for the input. I redeemed the gas points for gas pump and also used for the coupon thing. So purchased large quantity every week.
This go-to store is very close to my house and their self-check out is very friendly for gift card check out (no override needed for any amount).
The bonus points on store GC are very lucrative for the gas rewards game. But how many times do you fill up in a 2 month period? Just 1 $6k purchase would get you 12 fill ups @ $1/gallon off....

My question is - what they heck are you doing with 6k in Amazon GC to convert them back into $ ??
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Old May 14, 19, 9:45 am
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I haven't purchased MCs from Safeway in a while (got some due to the recent promotion) and there was no card with the PIN in it like before. Is the PIN the last four now or do you always have to call in on these and set the PIN over the phone?

Thanks
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Old May 14, 19, 9:50 am
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Originally Posted by jtav559 View Post
My question is - what they heck are you doing with 6k in Amazon GC to convert them back into $ ??
That was my thought too. I don't see Amazon GC as very liquid.

The weird thing to all of this is we do have Safeway to blame for all of this gift card madness, they pretty much invented the segment and created Blackhawk. Then, quickly was able to show retailers how much breakage happens, like a massive amount.
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Old May 14, 19, 1:04 pm
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Originally Posted by danpeake View Post
I haven't purchased MCs from Safeway in a while (got some due to the recent promotion) and there was no card with the PIN in it like before. Is the PIN the last four now or do you always have to call in on these and set the PIN over the phone?

Thanks
For USB MC, pin inside packaging. For Meta MC, use the last 4 as pin.
Safeway and Staples (at least in my area) transitioned from USB MC to Meta MC.
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Old May 14, 19, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by rct12345 View Post
For USB MC, pin inside packaging. For Meta MC, use the last 4 as pin.
Safeway and Staples (at least in my area) transitioned from USB MC to Meta MC.
Thanks!
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Old May 14, 19, 2:07 pm
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Re Meta MCs Neither the external packaging nor the T&C insert address using the last 4 as the PIN, in contrast to packaging from other GC vendors. Is it clear that the last 4 always works for Meta MC GCs, without having to set the pin thru the website?
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Old May 14, 19, 2:48 pm
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Originally Posted by tuphat View Post
Re Meta MCs Neither the external packaging nor the T&C insert address using the last 4 as the PIN, in contrast to packaging from other GC vendors. Is it clear that the last 4 always works for Meta MC GCs, without having to set the pin thru the website?
Yes.
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Old May 15, 19, 6:40 am
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gas points could be redeemed for rewards coupon to buy stuff in store.
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Old May 16, 19, 8:36 pm
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Originally Posted by vodafone View Post
How much do you guys purchase gift card at Safeway each week? What is a reasonable volume? I was doing self check out at my regular store and a guy came up from nowhere asked me why I purchase so many gift cards every week ( roughly 6k amazon)? Obviously he is internal investigator for Safeway not the kind of store casher and they suspect some kind of fraud is going on. I explained to him that all i am doing is for gas points. He said he is going to file a report to headquarter.

What suggestions do you guys have to keep under the radar? Thanks
2k per day 5 days a week.
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