Living in New York City there’s been only one place to buy Vanilla Reloads with a credit card for quite some time now. That three letter store has stocked sporadically at certain city locations, but had plenty of availability in the Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut suburbs. Well, today I was completely surprised when I spotted Vanilla Reloads in the wild, at a store that has 250 locations throughout the city! The next big test was if they would accept credit card for payment. SUCCESS! Next, how many could I purchase in one transaction and would a balance over $1000 block the transaction? Nope, two cards at $500 a piece plus transaction fees were accepted, though a driver’s license was required for credit card verification. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to test if I could go much higher, though there clearly wasn’t a 1K limit. Interestingly enough, this NYC based chain is now owned by Walgreens, who prevents credit card VR purchases at their own stores.
In any case, this is awesome news! These were found at a location by my office, but I just checked the location by my home and saw the VR cards there as well…perhaps stocked for the holidays?
Update 11/29/13 – While 6 readers and I were able to use our credit cards to purchase VRs at the Duane Reade on 53rd and Lex on Wednesday, it sadly appears that this may have been a combination of a system glitch (like Walgreens the computers are supposed to block such transactions) and an inexperienced holiday cashier team. Credit cards are no longer being accepted. Strangely enough, four other readers reported success using credit cards at an UWS location (102 / B’way) also on Wednesday, though by later that night the system was again restricting credit card VR purchases. What a bummer! Hopefully, more of you had some success during the glitch and found some other locations! So, for now VRs have made their way to Duane Reade, but are worthless in terms of using a credit card to pay. Sadly the rejoicing has ended!