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I bought $100.00 AMEX GC for $90.00.  My attempts to spend it have been declined at Office Max and a local grocery.  I have verified it was properly activated by the store receipt and IVR (automated telephone call) .

What Can I get for my $100.00?  Have you had problems using $100.00 AMEX GCs?

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Did you wait at least 30 minutes?

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1) How much was the purchase for that you were attempting to use the AMEX GC?

2) What were you attempting to purchase?

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First attempt (less than 30 minutes) was Kroger's where historically, they have been maxing out card one and indicating the balance due for other cards. I have never done AMEX GCs before.

Second attempt (probably 30 minutes - not looking at clock) was OM for a no fee $100.00 MCGC. https://dannydealguru.com/2016/11/07/fee-free-mastercard-gift-cards-at-office-depotmax/

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Check online. My guess is that the first one put a temporary hold on the card because the money wasn't loaded. Then the second one failed because $100 was no longer available
If so, wait a few days for the hold to fall off

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Transaction Record does NOT show any of the attempts to use it.

11/07/2016  Transaction Date
$100.00
11/07/2016   Post Date
THE KROGER CO - Value Load
reference number deleted
Card Number:  XXXX-XXXXXX-5810X
Status:   Active
Available Balance:  $100.00

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You tried to used the card before it was ready. 30-minute delay is normal for Amex.

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Thank you 3c3. That was the correct final answer. Today, I went back to OM and successfully purchased a $100.00 MCGC without a fee with the AMEX $100.00 GC.

https://dannydealguru.com/2016/11/07/fee-free-mastercard-gift-cards-at-office-depotmax/

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