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#4494652 - 08/21/17 05:42 PM Discount Tire Direct rebates.
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 10590
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Anyone else ever have difficulty using these so called "rebates"? DTD doesn't mail you a rebate check, they send you a stupid prepaid VISA card that has proven to be a bit of a challenge to use. It says "Debit" on the card, but the fine print says to use it as credit. My wife tried to use it at a restaurant. Declined. I've tried to use it for gas. Declined. I guess I'll try it for online purchases next. What gives? Anyone have a similar experience?
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#4494658 - 08/21/17 05:48 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: JTK]
bullwinkle Offline


Registered: 10/09/04
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Might need to register it and assign it a PIN number-I've had ones that worked like a credit card, and ones that needed a PIN assigned. I always give them to Mrs. Bullwinkle and she uses them at the store (generally WM) immediately to remove any chance of any charges depleting them.
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#4494659 - 08/21/17 05:48 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: JTK]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 13466
Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: JTK
Anyone else ever have difficulty using these so called "rebates"? DTD doesn't mail you a rebate check, they send you a stupid prepaid VISA card that has proven to be a bit of a challenge to use. It says "Debit" on the card, but the fine print says to use it as credit. My wife tried to use it at a restaurant. Declined. I've tried to use it for gas. Declined. I guess I'll try it for online purchases next. What gives? Anyone have a similar experience?



This is how tons of rebates work these days. What I do is use it to pay bills, like my cell phone. I just enter a payment amount of $50 (if I have a $50 card, for example), punch in the card number, and it's done.

The reason it won't work for restaurants or gas sometimes is that these places do an authorization above the actual credit limit. Let's say you are planning to buy $25 worth of gas and have a $50 card -- the gas station might do a pre-auth of $100, which is, of course, higher than the card's limit. Restaurants do it because they aren't sure how big of a gratuity you'll leave.
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#4494672 - 08/21/17 06:04 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: JTK]
Milkman Offline


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Posts: 415
Loc: Pittsburgh PA USA
If you want to use it for fuel, go inside the station and pre-pay for your fuel. Works every time.
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#4494674 - 08/21/17 06:09 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: Milkman]
tenderloin Offline


Registered: 12/16/02
Posts: 6521
Loc: Huntington Beach, CA
As mentioned for gas you have to use inside...not at the pump. I have used over a dozen with no problem as long as you do a few things

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#4494675 - 08/21/17 06:09 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: JTK]
Sayjac Offline


Registered: 10/13/08
Posts: 12273
Loc: The Old North State
Never had a problem. Use like a credit card, forget about the debit part, no pin required. I use them up at Walmart often, frequently at self checkout. Slide the card, if/when asks for pin press cancel then credit, should be good to go. If going to a cashier tell them is a promotions 'credit' card, and they'll follow through on it at register. And when you get to the end of balance, tell cashier amount left to charge, then finish paying with cash or credit.

Gas stations require prepay inside giving them an amount. I don't use it at gas stations because I have a CC that gives 5% back on gas.

Worse comes to worse, go to a store you shop often and turn it into a store gift card. One member here turns them into an Amazon balance credit.

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#4494676 - 08/21/17 06:16 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: dparm]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32656
Loc: ME
Originally Posted By: dparm

The reason it won't work for restaurants or gas sometimes is that these places do an authorization above the actual credit limit. Let's say you are planning to buy $25 worth of gas and have a $50 card -- the gas station might do a pre-auth of $100, which is, of course, higher than the card's limit. Restaurants do it because they aren't sure how big of a gratuity you'll leave.


This x2. It even mentions this restriction on the letter that comes with the card.

I try to use my cards at the most boring place possible... the supermarket. Best thing is if I have, say, $18.53 left, the supermarket will finish off that card and then put the rest of the balance on a "real" CC.

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#4494694 - 08/21/17 06:43 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: JTK]
ddtmoto Offline


Registered: 12/20/09
Posts: 284
Loc: Utah
Run the card as credit. They work just fine...
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#4494696 - 08/21/17 06:45 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: JTK]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12651
Loc: NE,Ohio
You cant prepay for fuel with it most stations will put a $129 authorization on it
this applies to regular debit/credit cards as well.


Just use it inside the gas station or at the grocery store.. for EZ mode.
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#4494708 - 08/21/17 06:59 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: JTK]
jimbrewer Offline


Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 1423
Loc: New Mexico, USA
It seemed on the up and up for me.

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#4494709 - 08/21/17 06:59 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: JTK]
ArcticDriver Offline


Registered: 01/27/17
Posts: 1139
Loc: USA
Thanks for the reminder. I have one of these in my wallet.
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#4494711 - 08/21/17 07:04 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: JTK]
FlyNavyP3 Offline


Registered: 07/04/16
Posts: 1407
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
I purchased my most recent set of tires from DTD and was rewarded with $100 in rebates in the form of the card. I used it like others mentioned including on Rock Auto. No issues.
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#4494759 - 08/21/17 08:01 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: JTK]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20469
Loc: Upstate NY
I went to local food store and bought $150 worth of gift cards for the food store. No problem.
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#4494795 - 08/21/17 08:38 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: JTK]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2767
Loc: Wet side WA
What a great way to screw a customer and ensure you never get their business again!
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#4494822 - 08/21/17 09:12 PM Re: Discount Tire Direct rebates. [Re: JTK]
JustinH Offline


Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 5186
Loc: Texas
I just use them to pay bills, I throw it at my geico bill typically.
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