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Topic # 209163 15-Mar-2017 16:33
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I must be generating a massive electrostatic charge because I seem to be attracting a lot of Prezzy Cards as gifts and supplements to purchases.

 

They seem really useful but I find them a real PITA to use if anything goes wrong.

 

Some issues:

 

  • Retail staff are usually no help and sometimes actively discourage use of the cards. Most retail staff don't know how to use them so if you forget which buttons to push on the terminal (try "Credit" account then "Enter"/green button for no PIN) then they are no help. Warehouse Stationery staff told me that they don't accept them - I don't know if that is right but it did get declined.
  • Lack of informative error messages. For example, a declined message at a retailer POS terminal doesn't tell you why. I got the same message with a locked card as with an unlocked card with insufficient balance.
  • Card not unlocked. Many of them sent by mail have to be unlocked.
  • Card balance forgotten. Go to website and logon to account. Register card with account. If you don't already have an account then provide a lot of information to register.

Honestly, I don't see why I should have to provide all my personal information just to get a card balance for a card that someone else gives to me.

 

My tip is to use them quickly and, if not used immediately, write the balance in permanent marker on the face of the card.

 

Anyone else got any useful tips?


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  Reply # 1739936 15-Mar-2017 16:39
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Ask people to just give you cash?  I don't know why this is still taboo.


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  Reply # 1739956 15-Mar-2017 17:02
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I often just use them to top up my prepay accounts (e.g. mobile, VPS, etc) and/or pay bills online. Many companies accept ad hoc payment online by CC and will automatically adjust DD payments to the balance owing on the day they submit DD payments to the bank. Another idea could be to find out if any of your regular shops accept them and then get their vouchers (e.g. supermarket, petrol, etc) straight away so if you get one and you know there's $50 on it just get a $50 voucher you can more easily use during your usual shopping.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1739967 15-Mar-2017 17:42
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I use mine and top up my amazon gift balance. You do need to work out the amount for them to charge in US dollars but you can get it really close (few cents out) and then I just use that to buy stuff off amazon if and when I want things (i read a lot of books so it's good for the kindle downloads) :)  My last card was used to get a gear fit 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1739998 15-Mar-2017 19:52
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 I get them from time to time. It is a bit of a PITA. Why not login using card number as the login and PW? To unlock if required and for balance. 

 

Its 2017. Set it and forget it, no need to go to FAQ, and to work it out. 


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  Reply # 1740425 16-Mar-2017 17:37
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I used to use them - stopped since they now prevent you from viewing the transactions unless you register the card and the registration process is a pain (even automatically populating the fields with Lastpass). Their website is so badly designed - you have to click SIGN IN to bring up the login for registered cards.





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