Lots of discussion across the blogosphere on this and I haven’t had a chance to get into my neighborhood CVS, but once I’m done with my travel day I do plan to stop by one of the ones that has been both well-stocked and willing to sell $5000 per person per day with a credit card in a single transaction.
There have been lots of false reports and early declaration sf death for the Vanilla Reload card. Office Depot used to sell them and stopped. Many individual stores, and even regions, declared them cash only. But there was no chain-wide policy against allowing the purchase with a credit card.
Apparently now there is a memo directing that most such cards be sold cash-only. The memo circulating the internet has a local phone number for contact so appears to be specific to a single region. There are reports, though, of similar memos across multiple locations. We do not yet know if this is chain-wide, or will be spreading chain-wide, but it appears much more credible and likely than past reports.
So if you want to pick some up, it cannot hurt to do so today versus waiting until tomorrow.
Hopefully my own locale will be spared!