Buying Money Orders at Walmart (2019)

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This is the thread for 2019. The previous discussion can be found here: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/manu...rt-2018-a.html

New to MO: Read this entire Wiki (Click to open) and all posts for some tips before asking common questions. It is best to know what you are doing before you try.

Note: The policy for allowing gift cards as payment for money orders can be more restrictive with certain stores or certain clerks. Just because an employee says there's a new restrictive policy "for all Walmarts" means nothing. There are plenty of cases where the employee is incorrect and the new policy is only regional or store specific.

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Tested Gebit cards:
1. DO NOT WORK - Any Vanilla product affiliated with InComm or ITC Financial Services will not work for swipes over $49.99.
2. Visas issued by MetaBank work great.
3. MC issued by US bank OR Metabank MC (Giftcards.com) can work, but you need to change payment type to debit before they enter the amount in the register. See below for details.
5. Gdot/sun work but take about an hour to activate.
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NEW Limits as of 11/18 - 8K with ID every 24 hours. ID required for MO over 1K.

Some tips for starting out:

All WM registers allow 4 debit swipes per transaction, but YMMV per store and cashier. Refer to cards as Debit cards.

Start slow and buy one MO with one Gebit to see how it works. Refer to cards as Debit, only this community calls them Gebits. Your store or cashier may have rules that other stores do not have, only allowing one swipe per trans or up to 4 swipes per trans. Read all the tips below and all the posts below before trying more advanced transactions. NO variety or design of VISA or MC Gebit's will ever auto-drain at Walmart so always tell them the amount you want to pay per card. Fee: 1K MO or less is usually 88 cents each, but ask or check the wall. Subtract the fee from the total or pay in cash. If a store says "no", thank them and try again another day with a different clerk.


Helpful details and tips for advanced transactions:

1. Cost:
1K MO fee is usually 88 cents each(Some states limit MO total to 750 or 950 and may have a different fee). Subtract fee from your total or pay in cash. Can buy two 1K MO in one transaction with 4 swipes for 88 cents x 2 in most states. NO variety or design of VISA or MC Gebit's will ever auto-drain at Walmart so always tell them the amount you want to pay per card.

2. Split payment transactions: You cannot successfully swipe more than 4 cards in a single transaction. If the cashier screws up and enters $50.00 instead of $500.00 (thus making it impossible for 4 swipes to complete the transaction), the transaction will need to be canceled. The funds should return to your cards right away but may take 24 hours, so note the time and person helping you. When a transaction is canceled during the trans, the money returns to the cards. If canceled after, the cash reg drawer opens and they pay you back in cash.

3. Split payment: The amount of each swipe needs to be entered by the cashier. Ask to "split the payment by $$$". The Gebit must have current balance of that amount or more otherwise slip with Error 51 will print out. Warning: (YMMV) It appears (my experience on 3 occasions during prepaid card load and buying MO in 2 different WMs) that after the debit card was charged no cash could be credited back to the card. Cashier should issue cash back. Keep the slip and contact manager if in doubt. Remember date, time and register if no slip.

4. Bad Printer: IF, by chance, you've swiped your GCs successfully, a receipt prints but the MO doesn't, make sure to ask to see the receipt and check near the bottom IF it says CHANGE/REFUND with a negative sign before the amount of GCs you swiped, that means the cashier must give you cash refund. Cashier may have to call for the cash dept manager to verify the refund. Some stores may outright give your cash refund immediately while there are others that will ask you to come back. Think twice before you buy MOs while on vacation or when you're in unknown to you territories for issues like this.

5. Kiosk: Very few Kate's can sell money orders anymore.>>>>Sometime 2016, a lot of WM supercenters have done away with Kate (kiosks that allows loading of prepaids/sell $500 MOs). As of today, MOST, if not ALL WMs, have replaced this with the regular slim ATM to check balance/withdraw money.

6. MCGC liquidation- The cashier should
not enter the amount first. Technically they just can't hit enter after entering the amount. Let the CSR know you need to swipe first and switch the payment type to debit, then swipe and hit "Cancel" or "Change Payment" to select "Debit" on the screen, enter the pin and have them enter the amount.

7. SSN entry - Any MO purchases in one transaction over $3K requires you to input your SSN. Confirmed 8/2019.




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http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/attac...0&d=1461170080
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Old Oct 20, 19, 5:37 pm
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Originally Posted by coolguy100 View Post
one WM CSM told me that WM is going to check ID for MO over $100, it will be a system update, no way to bypass it, he is not sure how soon his store will receive the system update on this.
Why would a CSM tell u this out of the blue? It makes no sense. I dont think those workers know anything that comes down the pipeline.
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Old Oct 20, 19, 5:47 pm
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Originally Posted by ericdabbs View Post
Why would a CSM tell u this out of the blue? It makes no sense. I dont think those workers know anything that comes down the pipeline.
why would he tell me? because I was buying one 999.12. also it was mentioned by pointchaser :pointchaser link
hopefully it is only a rumor.
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Old Oct 20, 19, 9:31 pm
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I just got back from my local WM and I'm not sure if this a glitch on the screen or something else (hope is not). When I requested my $2k MO with split payment, the first transaction went trough, but on the second after swiping my VGC, I got the regular Cash Advance question "No" or "Yes", but the system immediately pressed (itself) the second option "Yes" which is located at the bottom/right, then the next screen showed me different amounts and the system pressed again the lowest right option which on this screen was "change of payment", the next screen I have a couple of options, I pressed "debit" and I got back to the question regarding the cash advance, but the system (again) quickly pressed the lowest right option (YES) and the loop started. I did the same (Debit) and as soon I got the option (cash advance) No or Yes and clicked "No" faster than the system, then I got the Pin question but before I ever finished inputting the 3rd digit, the system pressed again on "change payment.." (lowest right option).
The CS (which knows me) told me she had the same issue today, she canceled that payment type (not the whole transaction) and did again, this time I was able to do it without any issue... until I had to swipe my 3rd card, which I got the same issue again. At the end, I was able to beat this crazy screen, all I had to do is keep pressing anywhere on the screen when they asked me for the pin (after pressing faster on "No" on the cash advance question), and with the other hand I entered my pin and then enter on the keypad without releasing my other finger from the screen.

I hope it was a glitch, I didn't had this issue last night and I will not know if this is permanent on this terminal until Wednesday.
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Old Oct 21, 19, 7:19 am
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Originally Posted by fedechat View Post
... after swiping my VGC, I got the regular Cash Advance question "No" or "Yes", ...
What is the regular cash advance question?
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Old Oct 21, 19, 8:01 am
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What is the regular cash advance question?
“Do you want cash back?”
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Old Oct 21, 19, 8:21 am
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Originally Posted by Steve in Olympia View Post
“Do you want cash back?”
Which is asked despite that fact that you can't actually get cash back, even if you press "yes."
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Old Oct 21, 19, 9:54 am
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Originally Posted by Steve in Olympia View Post
“Do you want cash back?”
Okay, that's very different from a "cash advance" question.
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Old Oct 21, 19, 10:24 am
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I was told this also several weeks ago by a CSM I have been dealing with for several years. She had a piece of paper with it on it, but it just looked like a notice that had been printed off a word processor. Since then under $1000 has been occasionally, seeming randomly asked for ID under $1000
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Old Oct 21, 19, 2:04 pm
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Originally Posted by danpeake View Post
Okay, that's very different from a "cash advance" question.
Well... I didn't remember the exactly word, butif you have ever purchased a MO at WM, is the first question they will ask you as soon as you swipe your VGC and I will say most of us will understand what I tried to say.
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Old Oct 21, 19, 2:17 pm
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Originally Posted by fedechat View Post
I didn't remember the exactly word, butif you have ever purchased a MO at WM, is the first question they will ask you as soon as you swipe your VGC and I will say most of us will understand what I tried to say.
It's the sequence for any prepaid V or MC at any terminal (not just WM) in debit mode:
screen 1: would you like any cash back?
screen 2: enter PIN
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Old Oct 21, 19, 7:41 pm
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Can you buy $4k in one MO with one fee or do you have to split it up as 4 x $1000 MOs with 4 fees?
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Old Oct 21, 19, 7:50 pm
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Can you buy $4k in one MO with one fee or do you have to split it up as 4 x $1000 MOs with 4 fees?
Split; $1000 is the maximum value of a single MO.
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Old Oct 22, 19, 1:31 pm
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Unsure how widespread, but there were at least a couple reports on Reddit of Walmarts having increased the fee slightly.
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Old Oct 23, 19, 1:42 pm
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Staples MC seem to not being keyed in as a debt cart at WM, same card good at Kroger’s,

OD Visa good at WM.
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Old Oct 23, 19, 2:01 pm
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Originally Posted by satman40 View Post
Staples MC seem to not being keyed in as a debt cart at WM, same card good at Kroger’s,

OD Visa good at WM.
This is not new news. It has always been this way for MCGCs at WM.
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