Since word went out that CVS was changing its policies to no longer allow the sale of certain prepaid and reloadable cards with credit card, I made one of my local, reliable stores my first stop on the way back from the airport yesterday.
I bought my usual $5000 in Vanilla Reloads with a credit card in a single transaction there, and the shift manager did not know anything about pending changes to these cards.
This morning I made another stop at CVS on my way into work to see whether anything had changed.
There were still plenty of Vanilla Reload cards on the rack (surprising, given the run on these cards that must have happened over the weekened…).
I first took just one card up to the register to see what would happen. The clerk wasn’t fazed at all, and just say to me “$500?”
And I was able to buy more, no problem.
None of this means I will still be able to buy Vanilla Reload cards at this CVS this afternoon, tomorrow, or any time in the future. Corporate could be pushing through new software updates throughout the day that will prevent stores from selling these cards to customers who want to pay by credit card. Stating the change would happen March 31 didn’t necessarily mean 12:01am on the 31st (my CVS is 24 hours!).
But don’t be fooled into thinking that just because the memo said you couldn’t pay by credit card starting on the 31st you can’t still pay by credit card.
Your store may have gotten the memo and dispersed the word, and may be unwilling to sell you the cards that way. Many commenters report that situation locally for them.
At my store they don’t know about any change of policy, and their registers do not know it either.