Things are different this time around. Over 2 hours now for me and none of my 20 cards have activated.My experience is that it may depend on the store or some other system type issue. I have absolutely had them activate instantly in the past (or at least in the 5 minutes between payment and going to use one). Some took around 2hrs last time though and it appears my first batch this morning are taking that long as well. Whether the delay is now across the board I couldn’t say but that is my previous experience anyway.
Things are different this time around. Over 2 hours now for me and none of my 20 cards have activated.
Multiple reports of similar experiences on OzBargain.
There are reports (here and Ozb) that the card numbers can be "guessed" by hackers. Something like the first 10 digits are common, together with the expiry date, means that only 6 digits are unique. The question becomes "can you spend the funds before the hackers know the card has been activated?".First store was out due to recall..... will call when stock in.
Second store one on shelf and others from box inside the cabinet... asked how many I wanted... did not press
This hack is only if they get them and replace card right? Can't be compromised any other way????
I'm now at 3 hours and no activation.
I'm now at 5 hours and no activation.At Coles?
I'm now at 3 hours and no activation.
Limit of 5 per day I believe.Any issue using these cards for the ATO?
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Any issue using these cards for the ATO?
I'm now at 5 hours and no activation.
Yes you can use the discounted gift card, as long as the gift card covers the netire amount of the purchase - you cannot split the payment.Is it still possible to purchase Coles MasterCard Gift Cards using discounted Coles eGift Cards? We were able to do this last time.
Also, how do you (particularly the likes of you Dr Ralph and NoName) keep track of all your gift cards and the amounts remaining on them? And what do you usually use then for?
Thanks for your reply Dr Ralph.Yes you can use the discounted gift card, as long as the gift card covers the netire amount of the purchase - you cannot split the payment.
I use: https://psc.colesprepaidcards.com.au/ and write the balance on the back of the card with a Sharpie. When down to low amount I put the balance towards bills (prepaying them) or at coles/woolies.
Most of my cards I redeem outright at government services/utilities/health insurance.Thanks for your reply Dr Ralph.
Last time, we were able to use multiple eGift Cards (Suncorp doesn’t offer them in high denomination) to pay for 5 MC gift cards together, at a staffed checkout. At the self serve checkout, I think what you noted is applicable. In fact, even a SIM card counts as a gift card and means you can’t pay with a gift card at self serve checkouts.
I’ve been doing somewhat similar to you, with the addition of a numbers spreadsheet in my phone which is shared with my partner. I just wondered whether there was a better way, as it’s quite time consuming to keep the balance up to date and to use all the small left over amounts.
I have just got off the phone to them. Delay is due to the high volume of cards purchased this morning. They are saying anywhere up to 5 hours so hope you are close. My first purchase was at 7:10am right after the store opened so perhaps I beat the rush and was activated in 2hrs.
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There isn't one that you'll be able to enforce at every store.But what is the official position?
Not for me. 3 hours waiting so far today.Seems the delays due to high volume of sales are over. Bought 12 this morning across 3 different stores and all activated immediately.