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American Express Small Business Saturday coming November 24, 2012 same $25.00 statement credit

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Last Edited by widgit November 22, 2012 at 04:41 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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#1351
Quote from Slickdeezee View Post :
To be specific, their search is actually a "starts with" search, a business's name has to start with your search term. If you want to do a general search for electronics stores which are participating you can't, you need to search for specific store names.
What does that have to do with anything? You've missed the point entirely.

The issue isn't how to search, the issue is that the search displays pretty much every business. I was out today and asked a few stores on the map about it, and they were clueless. I'm skeptical that AmEx will honor purchases at any location just because it's on their map.

And with the search, only allowing you to view a list of 5 businesses at a time before having to click through is a pain in the ass. Very inefficient.
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Quote from inm8num2 View Post :

The issue isn't how to search, the issue is that the search displays pretty much every business. I was out today and asked a few stores on the map about it, and they were clueless. I'm skeptical that AmEx will honor purchases at any location just because it's on their map.
Why does it matter? Pretty much any non-chain that takes Amex will probably trigger the deal. They don't need to "know" about it because it's something Amex refunds the card holder for, not the business. I used 3 cards at 3 local businesses last year and had every one honoured by Amex. I didn't bother checking the website or asking the business.
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#1353
Does this work for online buying? What stores?
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#1354
Quote from yeshu1984 View Post :
which gift cards do not have an activation fee? TIA
don't do visa, mc, amex they usually have activation fees. restaurants, big box stores, etc, usually do not.
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Quote from smidge1 View Post :
don't do visa, mc, amex they usually have activation fees. restaurants, big box stores, etc, usually do not.
thanks
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Quote from yeshu1984 View Post :
thanks
good luck.
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Quote from inm8num2 View Post :
What does that have to do with anything? You've missed the point entirely.

The issue isn't how to search, the issue is that the search displays pretty much every business. I was out today and asked a few stores on the map about it, and they were clueless. I'm skeptical that AmEx will honor purchases at any location just because it's on their map.

And with the search, only allowing you to view a list of 5 businesses at a time before having to click through is a pain in the ass. Very inefficient.
As others have said, it's amazing how much people need things spelled out for them to gather free money. I'm actually thankful for that, as it insures that I have many more years of high profit on these types of deals.

Yes, they muddied the waters pretty good with the buggy map, but if you can't read the terms and conditions and understand what is going on, you probably shouldn't participate.

Maybe you can call Amex and let them know that they made it way too difficult for you to claim free money. Better yet, threaten to cut up your card.

I'm also unclear on your skepticism as this ran last year just fine, and outside of isolated cases, most had no issue. People have clearly laid out your best approach to do this, and the definition of small business is also clear in their terms.

THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE FOLKS.... Going to a small business and asking them about this promotion, doesn't make sense either, most of the businesses and their workers will be completely unaware of it. I wonder what the Best buy clerk would say if I asked him if my gift card purchase qualified for the $50 off $100 from the Halo 4 sync?
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Quote from inm8num2 View Post :
What does that have to do with anything? You've missed the point entirely.
What does it have to do with anything? The whole point is Amex is trying to promote small businesses. So making it easy for customers to find them should be important. If you have a small business and it cannot be found with a normal search, I'd say you'd consider that a problem.

Browsing the map to see every eligible place may work if you live in a small town, but it's a waste of time otherwise for anyone living in a medium and larger sized city.
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#1359
soa re we ready to shop tomorrow? just go with it and have fun everyone. no need to get your panties in a bunch people.
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#1360
Hey guys, just wanted to check. The $25 spend is inclusive of tax and tips, yes? So I can go eat a restaurant for $20ish and tip to $25+ and I will still get the credit?
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Quote from AndroAsc View Post :
Hey guys, just wanted to check. The $25 spend is inclusive of tax and tips, yes? So I can go eat a restaurant for $20ish and tip to $25+ and I will still get the credit?
Yes, but because your pre-authorization might not be $25 or more, you might not get an instant e-mail notification. You will get the credit, however.
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I love Amex + SBS. Getting some tools at Ace Hardware tomorrow for a project. Hopefully it'll end up being free. Big Grin
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Quote from cluedweasel View Post :
Why does it matter? Pretty much any non-chain that takes Amex will probably trigger the deal.
Not true. The retailer needs to opt in to the deal.
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#1364
Was all pumped about small business day until somene got our credit card number and charged the good stuff. Amex cancelled the card and is sending a new one but it wont be here by tomorrow- spoke to customer service and they can do nothing to help me get the credit since i cant shop small... ugh. Hope this doesnt happen to any of you guys!
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Quote from JaTaN View Post :
Staples is not a small business -- they're just supporting the promo
How can Staples support the promo but not be part of the promo?

Makes no sense. Confused
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