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Tiger Direct Amex Rebate Card - is it possible to get cash?

gameson 802 109 December 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM in Mail In Rebate
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If you receive one of the Amex Rebate Card, is it possible to get cash on it? I understand the card can not be used on ATM, but I wonder if any SDers know a creative way to get cash? If so, how?

Or if not, can you use the card to pay credit card bills? Big Grin

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The only way is Amazon Payment.
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Can you elaborate on what Amazon payment can do on the Amex card? Are you saying that I open a new account using one email address and then pay myself to another email address?
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If you receive one of the Amex Rebate Card, is it possible to get cash on it? I understand the card can not be used on ATM, but I wonder if any SDers know a creative way to get cash? If so, how?

Or if not, can you use the card to pay credit card bills? Big Grin

Thanks.
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The only way is Amazon Payment.
Actually, that is incorrect.

You can call the Phone # listed on the back of the American Express Prepaid card:
1-800-297-7327

Tell them you would like a check for the value of the prepaid card. They will put in a request for a refund... which will be sent in the mail.

NOTE: It will take up to 20 business days for the check to arrive.

Also... if you have more than one American Express Prepaid Card (from multiple TigerDirect rebate deals), you can call that same number and request that they consolidate all the balances onto one prepaid card.

So say you have cards for $25, $20, $10 and $5... they can transfer the balance from all the smaller cards to the $25 card so that it has a $60 total balance.

This is helpful if you need to make a big purchase... as we all know it's hard to keep track of a million cards with small balances.
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Actually, that is incorrect.

You can call the Phone # listed on the back of the American Express Prepaid card:
1-800-297-7327

Tell them you would like a check for the value of the prepaid card. They will put in a request for a refund... which will be sent in the mail.

NOTE: It will take up to 20 business days for the check to arrive.

Also... if you have more than one American Express Prepaid Card (from multiple TigerDirect rebate deals), you can call that same number and request that they consolidate all the balances onto one prepaid card.

So say you have cards for $25, $20, $10 and $5... they can transfer the balance from all the smaller cards to the $25 card so that it has a $60 total balance.

This is helpful if you need to make a big purchase... as we all know it's hard to keep track of a million cards with small balances.
Can I do this for Amex Cards that have some balance left on them? Say the value of the card issued was $50 and now I have like $35 left on it can I call the number an request a check for the leftover amount?

Also can we do this with Visa prepaid cards from other rebate offers? Or for those we will need to go the Amazon payment route and have 2 AP accounts setup with one with checking account to do the transactions from Visa cards to cash.
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Can I do this for Amex Cards that have some balance left on them? Say the value of the card issued was $50 and now I have like $35 left on it can I call the number an request a check for the leftover amount?

Also can we do this with Visa prepaid cards from other rebate offers? Or for those we will need to go the Amazon payment route and have 2 AP accounts setup with one with checking account to do the transactions from Visa cards to cash.
You can only do it on AMEX cards sent from 4MyRebate.

It won't work if you've already used part of the card... they check to see if there's been any activity. Once you use it, its non-refundable.

As for Visa and Mastercard Prepaid Debit Cards... I use American Express Serve. I load the account with the full balance of the card and then withdraw to my checking.

I don't think the Visa or MasterCard ones are typically refundable.
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You can only do it on AMEX cards sent from 4MyRebate.

It won't work if you've already used part of the card... they check to see if there's been any activity. Once you use it, its non-refundable.

As for Visa and Mastercard Prepaid Debit Cards... I use American Express Serve. I load the account with the full balance of the card and then withdraw to my checking.

I don't think the Visa or MasterCard ones are typically refundable.
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wow, thank you for the advise. I guess from your post, there is no fee to request fund? I will get full amount of the card.

And I can only request full amount IF I have never used the card. Once I use it, I can no longer request for a check?

One last thing, I think this card is already activated, right? I don't need to activate again? I think some other card that I used to get rebate from needs to be activated, but I do not see it on this card.

Thank you again for the advise.

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Actually, that is incorrect.

You can call the Phone # listed on the back of the American Express Prepaid card:
1-800-297-7327

Tell them you would like a check for the value of the prepaid card. They will put in a request for a refund... which will be sent in the mail.

NOTE: It will take up to 20 business days for the check to arrive.

Also... if you have more than one American Express Prepaid Card (from multiple TigerDirect rebate deals), you can call that same number and request that they consolidate all the balances onto one prepaid card.

So say you have cards for $25, $20, $10 and $5... they can transfer the balance from all the smaller cards to the $25 card so that it has a $60 total balance.

This is helpful if you need to make a big purchase... as we all know it's hard to keep track of a million cards with small balances.
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You can only do it on AMEX cards sent from 4MyRebate.

It won't work if you've already used part of the card... they check to see if there's been any activity. Once you use it, its non-refundable.

As for Visa and Mastercard Prepaid Debit Cards... I use American Express Serve. I load the account with the full balance of the card and then withdraw to my checking.

I don't think the Visa or MasterCard ones are typically refundable.
Is Serve still the way to go with trying to cash out Visa GCs since reading the Staples $15 GC thread many people were saying they were getting their accounts suspended or closed when trying to load Visa cards and then cashing out thru their bank? Is AP better though you will need 2 different accounts and submit your SS# as well. Any feedback?
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wow, thank you for is the advise. I guess from your post, there is no fee to request fund? I will get full amount of the card.

And I can only request full refund IF I have never used the card. Once I use it, I can no longer request for a check?

One last thing, I think this card is already activated, right? I don't need to activate again? I think some other card that I used to get rebate from needs to be activated, but I do not see it on this card.

Thank you gain for the advise.
There is no fee to request a check. You will get the full value of the card. I also forgot to mention that you can request a refund for multiple cards at the same time. Instead of filing separate refund requests for each card... they can put in one request for a lump sum check for all of your cards.

Again, this only works for cards that have not been used at all. Once you use it, the best method to clear it out is the 2 account Amazon Payments trick. Using Amazon Payments, you will only be able to send money up to $1 less than the value of the card. They charge a $1 pre-authorization fee for running the payment. This charge will fall off the card in a few weeks, and at that point you will have $1 left to spend on the card. You can use this money to buy a $1 Amazon eGift Card, as they do not charge a pre-authorization fee for gift cards... like many other online merchants do.

And to answer your last question, the card is already active in the mail. No activation is required.

One last thing... when you do file a refund request, make sure to get a Claim ID/Reference # at the conclusion of your conversation. If they tell you they will call you back in 24 hrs with one... Be persistent and say you will wait on hold until they finish the refund request and have a Claim ID#. A lot of agents try to get you off the phone with the BS line of "we will call you in 24 hrs", but they never do. You need something to reference the call and to have in case your check doesn't arrive as anticipated.

Also, you need a Claim ID# for your protection. The AMEX agent will ask you for the full card # + the 3 digit security code on the back of the card for each card being refunded. I don't know about you... but with all the theft out there... giving someone the full card # and security code would make me a little wary. The Claim ID# gives you protection because the agent who creates it will have their employee identification code forever tied to the request in case something funky happens.

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Is Serve still the way to go with trying to cash out Visa GCs since reading the Staples $15 GC thread many people were saying they were getting their accounts suspended or closed when trying to load Visa cards and then cashing out thru their bank? Is AP better though you will need 2 different accounts and submit your SS# as well. Any feedback?
I think Serve is personally better than Amazon Payments because you don't get with the $1 pre-authorization fee I mentioned above. That can add up if you have a bunch of MasterCard/Visa prepaid cards to cash out like me.

Serve suspended both of my accounts, along with countless other people's accounts because of some "system-related" verification error. I think a lot of people were reading too much into why their accounts were suspended, when it was just a fluke thing. I got one unlocked somehow without ever sending in the verification documents... and the other one was relatively easy to unlock once I sent in the paperwork. The only thing that wasn't easy was getting the "verification" department on the line to get my account fully unlocked. The wait time was over an hour because so many people had the same issue.
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One last thing... when you do file a refund request, make sure to get a Claim ID/Reference # at the conclusion of your conversation. If they tell you they will call you back in 24 hrs with one... Be persistent and say you will wait on hold under they finish the refund request and have a Claim ID#. A lot of agents try to get you off the phone with the BS line of "we will call you in 24 hrs", but they never do. You need something to reference the call and to have in case your check doesn't arrive as anticipated.

Also, you need a Claim ID# for your protection. The AMEX agent will ask you for the full card # + the 3 digit security code on the back of the card for each card being refunded. I don't know about you... but with all the theft out there... giving someone the full card # and security code would make me a little wary. The Claim ID# gives you protection because the agent who creates it will have their employee identification code forever tied to the request in case something funky happens.
Thank you for the tip. Talking about security, if they really want to steal your money on the card, can they also give you a bogus claim ID? How do we check if the claim ID they provide is legitimate?
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Thank you for the tip. Talking about security, if they really wanted to steal your money on the card, can they also give you a bogus claim ID? How do we check if the claim ID they provide is legitimate?
I dont think they would risk their job stealing your card, but yes, they could give you a bogus Claim ID#. There are a few ways to tell if its a legitimate claim ID#. 1 way is to call and check a few hours later and verify that the request has gone through properly. The agent may not be able to view the details (amount, etc.), but they will be able to see that its a refund request and possibly give you an approximate date when the check will clear. When I put in a request in the morning of 11/21, and called back later in the day, they told me my check would be cut on Nov. 30th according to the system...and should arrive within 20 business days from 11/21.

Another way to check without calling in is to wait a few days and check the balance of your prepaid card at: http://www.americanexpress.com/reward/

If the request has gone through, you shouldn't be able to check the balance. It should say invalid card #... because they will suspend your card prior to processing the refund request so that you dont try clearing out the card while they are making the refund check.
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I think Serve is personally better than Amazon Payments because you don't get with the $1 pre-authorization fee I mentioned above. That can add up if you have a bunch of MasterCard/Visa prepaid cards to cash out like me.

Serve suspended both of my accounts, along with countless other people's accounts because of some "system-related" verification error. I think a lot of people were reading too much into why their accounts were suspended, when it was just a fluke thing. I got one unlocked somehow without ever sending in the verification documents... and the other one was relatively easy to unlock once I sent in the paperwork. The only thing that wasn't easy was getting the "verification" department on the line to get my account fully unlocked. The wait time was over an hour because so many people had the same issue.
So having gone through all that is it good idea then to open a new Serve account at this time in order for me to start cashing out some of the Visa Prepaid GCs I will soon be getting? Is the Serve system fine now with the verification issue that it had previously? Also do they ask for a SS# when we sign up?
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Actually, that is incorrect.

You can call the Phone # listed on the back of the American Express Prepaid card:
1-800-297-7327

Tell them you would like a check for the value of the prepaid card. They will put in a request for a refund... which will be sent in the mail.

NOTE: It will take up to 20 business days for the check to arrive.

Also... if you have more than one American Express Prepaid Card (from multiple TigerDirect rebate deals), you can call that same number and request that they consolidate all the balances onto one prepaid card.

So say you have cards for $25, $20, $10 and $5... they can transfer the balance from all the smaller cards to the $25 card so that it has a $60 total balance.

This is helpful if you need to make a big purchase... as we all know it's hard to keep track of a million cards with small balances.
Trying to consolidate all the balances onto one prepaid card with American Express is a total pain in my opinion. Whenever I call, customer service tells me they will consolidate the balance onto on prepaid card, then put me on hold, and then tell me they can't do it because its a prepaid card, even though I haven't used up any balance on the cards.
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