Temporary CVS Extra Care Card Replacement
Thread DetailsLast Edited by schrade March 8, 2011 at 02:16 PM
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/ 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.
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.