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Temporary CVS Extra Care Card Replacement

schrade 63 36 March 8, 2011 at 08:30 AM in Other (3)
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I recently lost my CVS Extra Care card... and have long since lost track it's plastic siblings. Obviously that meant I could not scan my card at the magic red box. If you call CVS (800 shop cvs) they explain the 2 options everyone knows: a) get a new card and have your account info/history transferred to your old card or b) wait 4-6 weeks for a replacement.

You may have deals tied to your card needing a red box coupon to complete a deal, etc. I don't like waiting... and for some unexplicable reason I wanted to keep my card. Oh and I'm a geek as well.

So I created a temporary card to allow me to scan at the nice red box, and asked CVS to mail me a replacement card. Creating a temporary replacement card is easy... as long as you know your card number - so here are the steps...

1) Call 800 Shop CVS and ask for a replacement card (when you are on the phone ask them to look up your full card number).
2) There are many websites that generate barcodes online as a freebie (I used barcoding.com/upc/ [barcoding.com] for mine). You only need two things: your CVS card number & the "Barcode Symbology" or format. I used "EAN/JAN-13" because it sounded newer than the other EAN choice. Click the button "Generate Barcode". It will generate your replacement CVS Extra Care Card barcode.
3) From here things are straightforward: you just need to print your barcode. I didn't print mine from the website page because there was too much graphics/ink. I saved the image (I chose ping image format) to my hard drive (right click the mouse and select "save as") and inserted it into a MS Word document. I printed it at 100% of its size and it worked perfectly.

Honestly, it is that easy should you need your card temporarily. I cut my barcode out and taped it to the back of another card to use temporarily. I also printed out an extra onto a sheet of paper and will keep it in my coupon binder. I know some have multiple cards, just repeat the process and you can build up a master sheet with the cards and information to help keep things straight and have if your card isn't handy.

I know this isn't earth shattering stuff, but it solved my problem and if someone else gets some use out of it, that's great. It stands to reason that if one could do it with CVS, that all the cards could be done this way - just a matter of which barcode format - it might simply be the same format for all of them I don't know... yet. Smilie

FYI: The RiteAid loyalty cards will work when selecting "Barcode Symbology" or format of "Code 128". (On the other hand, I don't know of any value to scanning the RiteAid card.)

Mods: If this needs to be moved, or merged to another thread I understand. I couldn't figure out what the best location or relevance to an existing thread. I may enhance this with my RiteAid and other loyalty card information. Thanks.

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If you have an Android smartphone, it's even easier.

Go to the Android Market on your smartphone.
Search for the app "Key Ring"
Download it.
Add your store cards by scanning (using phones camera) or typing in the numbers on the card.

You can add all of your store loyalty cards to the app: CVS, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Kmart/Sears, library card, etc.
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Quote from ayenbe View Post :
If you have an Android smartphone, it's even easier.

Go to the Android Market on your smartphone.
Search for the app "Key Ring"
Download it.
Add your store cards by scanning (using phones camera) or typing in the numbers on the card.

You can add all of your store loyalty cards to the app: CVS, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Kmart/Sears, library card, etc.
I've got the app... on my phone, it won't scan at the nice red box... whether it is glare or whatever it won't work (on my phone). But that was my first attempt and recommendation as well.
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Just a reminder that the whole 'call in and get your card number' thing will only work if you've actually registered your information with CVS. Many shoppers have cards that do not have any personal information registered to them. For those shoppers (especially those like me whose phone isn't all that smart Wink ), it would be wise to scan and save a copy of your card in a safe place in case it gets lost or stolen. That way you have a clear record of the number associated with the card.
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cant you just get a new card at the register, go home and when you go online..replace with the old card? i thought i saw that it gave you that option, and wouldnt it transfer the balances to the new card?

i just got an android and im intrigued to try the key ring app.just set it up today!
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On the I-phone/Ipod Touch side of things I like the Wallet Zero app. I lost my card over a year ago and have used this app to get my price check coupons and ring up sales since that time. The app generated bar code is register readable and works great on the price checker (usually a red machine) that uses the crosshair laser pattern but for what ever reason does not work on the price check machines (usually blue machine) with the swirling lasers.
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Quote from klimber View Post :
On the I-phone/Ipod Touch side of things I like the Wallet Zero app. I lost my card over a year ago and have used this app to get my price check coupons and ring up sales since that time. The app generated bar code is register readable and works great on the price checker (usually a red machine) that uses the crosshair laser pattern but for what ever reason does not work on the price check machines (usually blue machine) with the swirling lasers.
I finally got my android Evo to scan for the first time this week. It was target mobile coupons or whatever... but the woman scanned it at a serious angle to avoid the glare. It was a bar reader and not a swirly one like you mentioned. Still can't get the KeyRing app to scan directly for me though.
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Quote from schrade View Post :
I recently lost my CVS Extra Care card... and have long since lost track it's plastic siblings. Obviously that meant I could not scan my card at the magic red box. If you call CVS (800 shop cvs) they explain the 2 options everyone knows: a) get a new card and have your account info/history transferred to your old card or b) wait 4-6 weeks for a replacement.

You may have deals tied to your card needing a red box coupon to complete a deal, etc. I don't like waiting... and for some unexplicable reason I wanted to keep my card. Oh and I'm a geek as well.

So I created a temporary card to allow me to scan at the nice red box, and asked CVS to mail me a replacement card. Creating a temporary replacement card is easy... as long as you know your card number - so here are the steps...

1) Call 800 Shop CVS and ask for a replacement card (when you are on the phone ask them to look up your full card number).
2) There are many websites that generate barcodes online as a freebie (I used barcoding.com/upc/ [barcoding.com] for mine). You only need two things: your CVS card number & the "Barcode Symbology" or format. I used "EAN/JAN-13" because it sounded newer than the other EAN choice. Click the button "Generate Barcode". It will generate your replacement CVS Extra Care Card barcode.
3) From here things are straightforward: you just need to print your barcode. I didn't print mine from the website page because there was too much graphics/ink. I saved the image (I chose ping image format) to my hard drive (right click the mouse and select "save as") and inserted it into a MS Word document. I printed it at 100% of its size and it worked perfectly.

Honestly, it is that easy should you need your card temporarily. I cut my barcode out and taped it to the back of another card to use temporarily. I also printed out an extra onto a sheet of paper and will keep it in my coupon binder. I know some have multiple cards, just repeat the process and you can build up a master sheet with the cards and information to help keep things straight and have if your card isn't handy.

I know this isn't earth shattering stuff, but it solved my problem and if someone else gets some use out of it, that's great. It stands to reason that if one could do it with CVS, that all the cards could be done this way - just a matter of which barcode format - it might simply be the same format for all of them I don't know... yet. Smilie

FYI: The RiteAid loyalty cards will work when selecting "Barcode Symbology" or format of "Code 128". (On the other hand, I don't know of any value to scanning the RiteAid card.)

Mods: If this needs to be moved, or merged to another thread I understand. I couldn't figure out what the best location or relevance to an existing thread. I may enhance this with my RiteAid and other loyalty card information. Thanks.

Thank you for this idea.

If you have registered on the CVS site you don't need to call to get your number--it's there under the Extra Care tab.

I look forward to trying this with the red box coupons to see if it works!
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I'm always loosing things like CVS cards - my printed copy works just fine at the coupon machine Smilie Thanks!
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