Man, I should have posted this yesterday while I was mentioned on Reddit. My timing is just a tad bit off. Anyway, I’m sure lots of you MS’ers are banned from GiftCardMall like myself. I figure I tell you my story and if we can collectively figure out a way to get unbanned, that’d be great. The reason why this ban hurts so much is because of the current deal with the Five Back cards.
My history with Giftcardmall
I was happily buying $3,000 of gift cards about once or twice a week, racking up serious TYP while doing it. Then one day, I noticed I hadn’t received an order that was almost 3 weeks old. I did some research and found out that the package got returned back to GCM and they refunded me $3000 but kept the fees (I guess that wasn’t a horrible compromise) since it would have cost me liquidation fees to turn that into $3000 cash anyway. After that, every time I try to place an order, I get this error:
This transaction was not completed. The transaction was not submitted correctly, or has been declined by your card issuer. You can try again with a different card or review your payment information for any necessary corrections.
That’s when you know it’s a hard ban. Even trying new credit cards don’t work. I have a feeling it’s an address and credit card ban (maybe even a combination of name and zip ban t00.) I haven’t been able to get around it.
Other people’s bans
I’m not the only person who have been banned. I know over a dozen other people who are banned from them, without even doing something as egregious as my returned gift cards. No one has figured out a way to get unbanned. Calling them leads nowhere. Emailing them leads nowhere. I don’t think this is CFPB worthy since they’re not harming you.
Eh, cross your fingers you don’t get banned from GCM? I’d tell you slow and steady, but that could get you banned too. It’s a mystery I tell ya.