I feel like I’m now a magnet for bank/retailer/whathaveyou bans. Maybe people are Googling “Kohl’s bans me for being a reseller,” which by the way, yours truly is on the first page of that search result. Or maybe people found my site through FM’s weekly roundup or DoC’s daily roundup (thanks gentlemen.) Anyway, I LOVE being in this role. This helps me gather data points on what the limits seem to be and help you readers not to cross those limits, so you too aren’t banned. Also, when you let me know of your situation, I always explicitly ask if I can publish the details of your ban (but would never identify you personally.)
Another week, another Barclays shutdown (I think I’m averaging 1 report per week.) This is coming from a reader who has had his A+ for 3 years w/o every paying an AF. He never made an anonymous payment. What did him in was his 2X-5X cycling of this $20K CL. Could be that or the cancel travel trick. I’d lean more towards the heavy CL cycling. I know I was guilty of all 3, so who knows. Best to not cycle or make anonymous payments with Barclays.
Got this email from a reader:
I have been hitting ebay deals quite hard using multiple ebay accounts (different names) and paid with the same paypal and shipped to the same address. Two days ago I bought 2000$ worth of ebay items from the deals section.A Yesterday I got two warning emails in the time span of an hour saying not to use multiple accounts to circumvent the ebay daily deals limit. An hour after I got a third email saying I was banned for 14 days and my orders will be canceled. Luckily haven’t got any email since then.
I’ve been banned from eBay already and posted about it here. I was never given a warning and only the main eBay account was axed. I think it’s due to the 10 years worth of infractions against me that caused the lack of a warning. These days, I do hear that they will warn you before you get the axe (like the reader.) If you rely on eBay for reselling, I suggest you stop multi-accounting to maximize daily deals. If there is a deal, I suggest you reach out to close friends or coworkers and have them buy for you; else get a mailbox, new name, email, phone, Paypal, etc. Ebay has one of the most sophisticated detection systems for multi accounts and they don’t tolerate gaming them.
I’ve been hearing more and more Kohl’s cancelled orders and bans of late. What usually happens is you’ll get random cancellation orders. Some will go through and some won’t. Eventually none will go through. You can still order in store, but that’s a hassle. To play it safe, I advise you to order in the mornings, wait for the KC email, then bang again the next day. If you go harder, you risk shutdown. If you have 2 pending orders out there, it raises the chances of eyes on your account.
A reader shared with me this Kohl’s ban letter. Not really a ban yet, but it’s around the corner. When you call, they’ll grill you about gift cards; possibly ask if you’re a reseller. You can try ordering more, but orders will still get cancelled.