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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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#1936
Quote from donboydeluxe View Post :
does the term "in store Transaction" mean that curb-side take outs at restaurants are not eligible?
Rly??
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#1937
Quote from Doatslo View Post :
got solicitation email from abcgiftcards.com that they are a "small business"

How can i verify this???


edit: searched zip 08724 brick, NJ
and ABC gift cards is a small biz merchant

FWIW

Wish this had been posted before I wasted time and gas going out to Piggy Wiggly. Maybe I'll try this next year if you guys get good results.
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Quote from donboydeluxe View Post :
does the term "in store Transaction" mean that curb-side take outs at restaurants are not eligible?
Yes. Every restaurant notes where you picked up your order, and Amex is really being really tough this year on curb-side pickups. They didn't even reimburse a friend of mine that picked up a girl on the curb-side and used his Amex.

EEK!
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#1939
lol so many doctors on the list... only if amex knew mostly never work on sat or have sat appointments

What more my entire mall is listed as a small business .. crappy SB locator
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#1940
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Hey Duke...

Piggly Wiggly is definitely not a small business.
Most of them are individually owned now.
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So will ABC gift cards work or not?
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so are people getting emails yet?
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So will ABC gift cards work or not?
Chances are it will work, just know that you may be taking some additional risk. Ask yourself if you can sleep at night if you miss out on it, or need to call 5 times to get it to work.

I don't see why it wouldn't work, but it's of slightly higher risk than just doing a local business.
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#1944
Annoyed. One of many people that used the amex shopsmall link to find a local merchant. Only to find out that they don't and have never accepted American Express.
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#1945
Alright, in your scenario, you should go ahead and spend locally.

The scenario I mentioned is that your not buying some product online that you can't use, if you know your going to shop at Bestbuy, then get $30 gift card from cardcash.com see if the credit post.



Quote from Vapno View Post :
The worst thing that can happen is that you miss out on the $25 credit on the card you used.

I placed an order but it it coded as an internet purchase and I did not get a confirmation email from AMEX like I did for BT. SO I'm screwed if it falls through and SBS isn't extended like in the past.
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Quote from alterego View Post :
so are people getting emails yet?
Yes, most people have the emails, if you don't have one, you probably have an issue.
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Quote from BlueLightSpcial View Post :
Yes, most people have the emails, if you don't have one, you probably have an issue.
So you are the one scaring people around here... I thought Halloween was already over....WinkWinkWink

Anyway repped for the response...
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#1948
nothing as of yet for me and i used 2x's today
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Today is the last day to enroll. Today is the day you MUST spend $25+ to get a $25 statement credit.
Thanks and repped!
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#1950
Does anyone know who to contact if the $25 credit does not pull through for CO-BRANDED AMEX cards? I would think the co-brand and AMEX would start pointing fingers at one another in such a situation.....
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