Vanilla Reload is now dead. This is probably the only place left in the country where you could buy your favorite beans with a credit card. Apparently some overly enthusiastic entrepreneurs couldn’t wait long enough to try and take advantage of our loss. 🙂
I know you’re still hurting. I know I am! So my apologies for a joke, but on a more cheerful note, One Vanilla, the VR’s wannabe second cousin, is reported being sold on a credit card. You might have to overcome the resistance of overzealous CVS employees who think all gift cards are now cash only. In the interests of full disclosure, I will admit that I haven’t been able to overcome that resistance at the only CVS store I have found that carries OV, but I will try again.
Why One Vanilla is good? Well, it’s not really, but it’s better than other gift cards. There are two reasons why it’s better: first, you don’t have to call and set up a pin code, you can choose any four digits during the first transaction, and another is that it doesn’t say “gift” on it, just debit. That makes using this card easier when you’re dealing with Walmart employees.
Unfortunately, there are no other product like Vanilla Reloads, and not having any Walmarts in NYC makes the usefulness of OV cards marginal at best. However, if you pass a dozen of Walmarts on your way to and from work, that’s an entirely different matter. As to me, I am working on a completely different solution to Manufactured Spend. I know I’ve said it before, but as soon as I gather some reliable data that anyone can use I will share immediately.