Just a quick update to my post earlier today about the rumored demise of Vanilla Reload cards being sold at CVS and paid for by credit card.
We certainly know that many stores have received a memo from the corporate headquarters that they’re interpreting to mean that Vanilla Reload cards can be sold for cash only, effective tomorrow March 31.
But not all stores know about the memo. I stopped at one of my two favorite area stores that always have a rich supply of the cards and permit the purchase of up to $5000 per day via credit card. I spoke with the shift manager who knew the $5000 rule, hadn’t heard anything about planned changes, and assured that they hadn’t received any memos about similar products over the past week.
Now, that only goes so far. If the company pushes through changes to the sales computer, implementing a rule at the computer level (rather than relying on staff compliance) that the cards are cash only, then it doesn’t matter if local staff know.
Whether the company will do such a thing, or do it tomorrow, is anyone’s guess. And I’ll certainly return to the store tomorrow to see what’s going on.
But not every store has gotten the memo. Soon enough we’ll know if the status quo — that ‘every store is different’ — prevails, or whether that part of the game from that store really is over.