Are this type of prepaid debit cards still around?

May 17, 2019 at 04:27:12
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In 2015 I bought a Visa Vanilla Gift Card in order to pay
for use of the washer and dryer in my apartment building.
The value of the card was my choice: I made it $60. The
card was not reloadable. I think there was a one-time
charge of about $4 to buy it, so the total cost was $64.

A few months later I bought a second card for $50. It was
identical except that the word "Gift" had been dropped and
the name changed (I think) from "Vanilla" to "OneVanilla".

I moved out of that building soon after, but eventually
found the card useful for small purchases on the Internet.

When I tried to find a similar card last year and this, I
couldn't. All the cards are either reloadable -- which
requires that I provide information about myself to the
issuing bank -- or have a sizeable monthly charge for any
month that I don't use the card. If I buy one and don't
use it, in about a year the value would be zero.

Are non-reloadable, no-monthly-fee debit cards like the
OneVanilla Prepaid Visa Card still available?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
May 17, 2019 at 14:04:09
Did you try googling OneVanilla?
https://www.onevanilla.com/home.htm...

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#2
May 17, 2019 at 20:32:05
OneVanilla's website indicates that such cards are still
available, but I haven't seen them in stores in the last year.

The OneVanilla cards I looked at in two stores had monthly
charges. Two other stores had a variety of cards from
different banks, but none I could find without charges or
registration info requirements.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
May 17, 2019 at 21:03:18
From the info on the website, it may be that the cards in
the two stores where I thought I found OneVanilla cards
were actually MyVanilla cards, which are reloadable.

I'll keep looking. But I know I looked at *all* the different
cards in two of those stores. The third had a truly huge
variety of gift cards for specific stores, but no additional
general-purpose cards that I could see.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis



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#4
May 18, 2019 at 06:06:17
The list of stores that carry the card is on their webpage. Click "Where to Buy" or "All retailers" & there are 18 possibilities.

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#5
May 31, 2019 at 22:11:26
I went back to one of the same stores that I did not find the
card at earlier this year, and this time I found it. There were
only a few of that type on the rack, compared to the large
number of other types.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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