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How do I get all the money off a prepaid card?

nowwhatnapster 23 July 28, 2009 at 04:07 PM
So I have a couple prepaid VISA cards with like 1 and 5 bucks and change on them..

How do I spend ALL of the money on them? its difficult to buy things with such low dollar amounts.

Most places I go deny the card, I even tried using my paypal merchant account to buy something from myself and it didn't work.
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So I have a couple prepaid VISA cards with like 1 and 5 bucks and change on them..

How do I spend ALL of the money on them? its difficult to buy things with such low dollar amounts.

Most places I go deny the card, I even tried using my paypal merchant account to buy something from myself and it didn't work.
I use up mine at Kroger gas pumps. I just tell them the exact amount left on the card and that is how much gas they authorize. I have done as low as $2.34 with no problem.
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aight i'll give that a shot then. Gas money works for me. I have to commute.
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buy amazon gift card for that exact amount...

or if u buy at certain stores like BJs (the wholesale club), they authorize the exact amount out of your total purchase and then remaining amt u can pay by cash or other card or whatever...
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buy amazon gift card for that exact amount...

or if u buy at certain stores like BJs (the wholesale club), they authorize the exact amount out of your total purchase and then remaining amt u can pay by cash or other card or whatever...
The amazon thing wont work if its an amex giftcard - amex strictly forbids buying a giftcard with a giftcard so itll get denied in amazons system.
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The amazon thing wont work if its an amex giftcard - amex strictly forbids buying a giftcard with a giftcard
Really? Don't tell that to Kmart or Sears Cool It has worked there, famously.
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so itll get denied in amazons system.
thanks for that info.
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the gas station trick is probobly the best bet for most people. it worked fine for me.

The amazon gift card idea works, but you must purchase a gift card of 5 bucks or more. i had a card with 1.67 on it. So I stopped at my local gas station at 1am, pissed off the attendant a little bit cuz i had to have him authorize two cards, but hey it worked. took about twice as long as a regular fill up cuz of the walking back and forth, but it worked well.
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buy amazon gift card for that exact amount...

or if u buy at certain stores like BJs (the wholesale club), they authorize the exact amount out of your total purchase and then remaining amt u can pay by cash or other card or whatever...
Should also work on your local (chain) Supermarket.
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Great ideas here, especially the Amazon one.
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Quote from nowwhatnapster View Post :
So I have a couple prepaid VISA cards with like 1 and 5 bucks and change on them..

How do I spend ALL of the money on them? its difficult to buy things with such low dollar amounts.

Most places I go deny the card, I even tried using my paypal merchant account to buy something from myself and it didn't work.
Depending on the retailer/cashier you can basically go an put any amount you have onto a gift card. I've done this at Best Buy.

If you have $5 or more left...you can basically put any amount of $5 or more (including cents) on an Amazon GC for example.
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Depending on the retailer/cashier you can basically go an put any amount you have onto a gift card. I've done this at Best Buy.

If you have $5 or more left...you can basically put any amount of $5 or more (including cents) on an Amazon GC for example.
no you have to do it for $1 less than the amount on your giftcard at Amazon
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I never ceases to amaze me the number of ways to screw people out of their money that these rebate guys come up with. I now have a small collection of cards, each with a buck or two left on them. Useless.
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Take them to your bank and ask them to withdraw the remaining funds off the card. If they say there is a service fee then abort the transaction.
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Take them to Staples or wherever the origin in and drive them nuts with a small purchase!
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