NOTE REGARDING GIFT CARDS, REBATE CARDS, PRE-PAID VISA/MC/AMEX CARDS As of 3/1/2013, Redbox stopped accepting these cards, even if they are registered with your name/zip (prior to this date, these all used to work for me). I spoke with customer service today and they said the only pre-paid cards that will work going forward are ones backed by an actual bank (ex. Chase, Bank of America, etc.)
Hmmm, very interesting. I have been using the same stack of rebate cards (3 of them) successfully for several months now, at least a dozen times on each card. Then yesterday I try to use them and it says "this card is not authorized for use at Redbox, try another card". Same thing on all 3 cards. I thought it was the kiosk, so I went to 2 other machines, and same thing. Then I call customer service to complain and she told me about the new policy change effecive 3/1. Only thing I can figure is that the change has not propagated itself throughout their entire system yet and that's why yours still worked. I assume if you try and use that same rebate card next week it won't work, but I will be very curious to know!
Where did you actually get your card from, and what bank is backing it?
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Cards that used to work dozens of times for me before, that are not backed by a "real" bank (like Citi, Chase, BofA, etc.):
Card 1 - AMEX rebate card issued by Asus for $20, backed by American Express Card 2 - Visa rebate card issued by Newegg for $40, backed by Visa Card 3 - AMEX regular gift card given to me over Xmas for $100, backed by American Express
Some complained that their pre-paid cards would not work, but that is because all you had to do was call the # on the back and register your name, address, zip, and then it would work (I had to do this with card 3). I didn't have to do it with cards 1 and 2, because my info was attached to those cards at the time the rebate was issued.
Folks, you need to look very closely at the card, as it might not be clearly visible on the front, to see who is actually backing the card. Just because it has a Visa/MC/AMEX logo on the front means nothing!
SpeedDragon DVDNIGHT worked again yesterday (3/8). Used several rebate cards (Norton & Staples) issued by Chase or Metabank without problem. I think Visa and MC are just processors. All cards are backed by a bank. Even the gift cards you buy are backed by a bank. I've seen U.S. Bank National Association for those. But I think those are the ones that may not work now even if you register at the website.
Cool... this will be very interesting. So any tips on which movie will win today's matchup, Dredd or Hit & Run? They both made the same money at the box office, $13 million, but Dredd has a much higher Rotten Tomato score, so I gotta go with Dredd
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