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Last Edited by widgit November 22, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Heads Up: I got an email from Amex directed to small businesses saying that they will again be having SBS on Nov 24, 2012.

Information is limited for now, but here are the highlights:

$25.00 statement credit

"We are helping customers find you by placing all American Express small merchants on an online map so they can shop small at your business."
The map feature sounds like it will eliminate confusion over what businesses qualify for the offer. I'm not sure if they've had that in the past or not.

This has been posted in hot deals in past years, so that's where I put it again.
https://www.americanexpress.com/u...hop-Small/
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Last Edited by beowulf7 November 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM
$25 statement credit occurring as soon as Mon., 11/26/12! Cool

1. Registration
Register here (direct link): https://enroll.amexnetwork.com/US/en/SBS2012/
if it doesn't work, go through here:https://www.americanexpress.com/u...hop-Small/ and click on 'Enroll now'...

You should receive a confirmation email (Thank you for Enrolling for the Small Business Saturday(R) Offer) if your registration was successful. Save the email until you receive your $25 statement credit. After you decide which small business you will shop at (see Amex eligibility criteria #4 and 5 below) save (use prt sc and Paint program or other method) proof this small business is on Amex's list (see ShopSmall.com)--as last year when some members did not receive credit Amex told them the business they used was not eligible (by that time Amex had already removed the list for some locations).

Only CC will work. Gift cards, Prepaid cards including Serve, Bluebird, etc... will not work.
Serve cards are NOT eligible. I enrolled my MACYS American Express successfully.

There is an article about this here:
http://www.moneytalksnews.com/201...dium=email

Find your answer from last year's thread:
http://slickdeals.net/f/3389736?v=1

Authorized users may get separate 25$
For example:
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=53310006&postcount=1402 (not sure why s/he did not start a new thread)
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=45454094&postcount=1308
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=44192498&postcount=195



2. Determining which merchants are eligible for the $25 credit

Eligibility Criteria for $25 Credit (as of Nov 18):
4. Qualifying small business locations are those identified on the Shop Small® Map, available at ShopSmall.com. In addition, small business locations that accept American Express through Square also qualify and can be found on the Square Directory at https://squareup.com/directory/?cmpId=amex. Small business locations that do not appear on the Shop Small® Map or that do not accept American Express through Square will not qualify for the $25 statement credit offer. Please note that business location information provided on the Shop Small® Map and Square Directory may contain inaccuracies or errors, including as a result of information provided by third parties. Transactions with political campaigns or political action committees are not eligible, regardless of whether they appear on the Shop Small® Map or in the Square Directory.
5. If American Express does not receive information that identifies a transaction as having occurred in-store at a qualifying small business location, the transaction will not qualify for the statement credit. For example, the following transactions will not be eligible for the credit: transactions made using an electronic wallet or any other transaction made through a third party; and transactions not made directly with the merchant.

6 Regarding the SQUARE only from point #4; Noted from the second link near top, when clicked note disclaimer below the enroll button and map
"Small business locations that accept American Express through Square also qualify for the $25 statement credit offer but may not appear on this map. For information about small business locations that use Square, please visit the Square Directory"
This means they accept Square transactions also not only

The search function on Amex's website to find small businesses in your area does NOT work as one would expect. It searches for businesses that BEGIN with your search term. For example, if you search for "wireless" it will return stores that begin with wireless like "Wireless Shop" and "Wireless City" but it won't find a store that's named "City Wireless".

Do NOT rely on the shopsmall site to give you accurate information. Around my area there are a number of Chinese restaurants listed that do not accept Amex. I don't know why they're on there then - maybe they used to take it. Be sure to call the location you are planning on visiting to see if they accept AMEX cards. It would suck to get there, have a nice meal or whatever and then get turned down on using your card.

Free Gas. Check to see if your local Gas station is listed on the Amex Map. Confirmed my local Shell is on there. Make sure to go inside and have them charge at least $25. Woohoo!

PLEASE add ONLINE OPTIONS here:
None so far... apparently



3. Determining if your transaction was eligible for the $25 credit
- Verified 2012. It has been reported on this board that you will get an email confirmation from AMEX after a successful and eligible $25 purchase
- Verified 2012. It has worked for Authorized Users cards as well, with confirmation email
- Verified 2012 The following co-branded AMEX have received confirmation email: Fidelity (FIA), Virgin Atlantic (BoA), PenFed Travel Amex, Macy's AMEX, Bloomingdale's AMEX PLEASE ADD MORE TO THE WIKI IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED CONFIRMATION

If you have co-branded AMEX and did not receive credit, please edit this part of the wiki on how to contact AMEX to fix it.


Example of email confirmation

Title: Thank you for Shopping Small
Text: Thank you for using your enrolled Card ending in XXXX and for supporting Small Business Saturday

Email confirmations can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few days. Sometimes, you may never get an email, but you will still see the 25 dollars credited on your statement. So, relax people! According to multiple posts on Nov 24 (Sat), the AMEX email system was down. However, on Nov 25 (Sun), multiple people have reported receiving the email for all their cards...

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I changed 3 SB which worked last year. No email come. I suspect the server is down.
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I changed 3 SB which worked last year. No email come. I suspect the server is down.
what the.
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I changed 3 SB which worked last year. No email come. I suspect the server is down.
How long ago?

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1.5 hours ago.
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I only swiped an AU on Square to see if I got a confirmation email or not, and I did. I did this around 9am EST and got it shortly after. Now it looks like the delay between purchase and email is a lot longer since Im sure people are waking up, going out shopping, etc.

I just wanted to make sure I got an AU confirmation before spending $1,000+ at my local small business. I just got back from the store (it took them a while to swipe all my cards) and I have not received any confirmations yet. I think it is going to be slow now that everyone is out shopping. It was similar last year.


I <3 SBS.
OK, that is encouraging. But I am getting very mixed results.
4 $25 gift cards with AU bought inside KwikTrip at 8:30 AM CDT, no email 2 hours later.
2 $25 gift cards bought in single transaction at Ace spread across two cards, one AU and one Account Owner. These two emails came through in 17 minutes.
Tried again at Ace with one AU for a purchase 10 minutes later. Have not received an email for that one now over an hour later.

Stopped at small gas station, did $25 on different Account Owner card and another $25 on an AU card. Both at the pump. No email from these half hour later.

Like you, I want to make a large purchase using several AU cards, but I want to make sure they work! As it is now, I am not sure at all. Maybe only one AU works? The only ones that have worked for me so far are the single transaction spread across two cards at Ace.
Waiting to see what happens before I go back to buy my SnowBlower.
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My charges are pending atm ... not to worried. I think last year it was the same type of talk/commotion? In the early morning their servers are not hammered with everyone shopping small. It will eventually catch up.... we hope! Smilie
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amex map is not accurate. the merchant would be on the map when i call to confirm, they said they dun take amex....
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It is when those $25 credits make up the entire purchase.... swipe swipe swipe
that makes no sense. you'll be spending $975+. HUGE savings, huh?
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ordered me $35 worth of chinese food for lunch niceeeee
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OK, that is encouraging. But I am getting very mixed results.
4 $25 gift cards with AU bought inside KwikTrip at 8:30 AM CDT, no email 2 hours later.
2 $25 gift cards bought in single transaction at Ace spread across two cards, one AU and one Account Owner. These two emails came through in 17 minutes.
Tried again at Ace with one AU for a purchase 10 minutes later. Have not received an email for that one now over an hour later.

Stopped at small gas station, did $25 on different Account Owner card and another $25 on an AU card. Both at the pump. No email from these half hour later.

Like you, I want to make a large purchase using several AU cards, but I want to make sure they work! As it is now, I am not sure at all. Maybe only one AU works? The only ones that have worked for me so far are the single transaction spread across two cards at Ace.
Waiting to see what happens before I go back to buy my SnowBlower.

My dad went to the same store I did and checked out/got rung up first. He got all his confirmation emails (purchase wasnt huge but $150+ across that many cards/AUs).

I went next ... and havent got anything yet. Again, only time will tell. Last year it worked fine. Hopefully this year also Smilie
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was it an ACE gift card or did they sell others?
No. It was their gift card. I need to buy a few items below $30 with their 50% off coupon. Since the final cost will be $15 or less, it would not eligible for the SSB offer. But I can buy their gift card and then use it on multiple orders with 50% off each today. Cool
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got my emails! woot woot. beer and food for free!
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Quote from DogAndPony View Post :
that makes no sense. you'll be spending $975+. HUGE savings, huh?
What he means is he's got x amount of different AMEX cards, so each one is being swiped for $25.

In one way I hate people like this, but in another way, at least a small business is getting the money and he's not screwing them over.
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