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Best way to use up a prepaid card
on 12 May 2016
Last year, my ex-employer gifted me the world's most awkward prepaid MasterCard, which many high street retailers couldn't get to work, and which had its 12-month expiration date brought forward, despite that being a clear breach of the T&Cs. As far as presents go, not exactly a winner. In a desperate attempt to use up the remaining funds on the card before it ran out early, I tried to purchase an Amazon Gift Card in a box, because those are valid for 10 years and given how frequently I shop on Amazon and how much my friends and family also use the site, practically as good as cash to me.
The transaction failed because Amazon levy a £1 refundable test charge on purchases to "verify" cards, and with my payment card being a prepaid card for a fixed amount which wasn't reloadable, I thought I was stuck. I had a chat with Customer Services who just couldn't find a way to help me. Then I stumbled across Top Up and inspiration struck: because this is an instant digital purchase, there's no messing around with test transactions before a physical Gift Card gets mailed out, the credit instead gets instantly added to your account. Finally I was able to convert the useless prepaid MasterCard into Amazon credit, something that I can always use and enjoy.
If you are are trying to use up a balance on a non-reloadable card, this is the perfect solution as you can buy any amount you like of Top Up; it doesn't have to be a neat multiple of £5. With Amazon making so many different Gift Card solutions available (greetings cards, bookmarks, cards in boxes, print at home options and email options), I don't know why you wouldn't just buy credit from Amazon in the first place, it's an ideal present. However if you find yourself in similar circumstances to me, it's Amazon to the rescue. This is the best way of ensuring you don't waste any residual funds on a prepaid card.
It can take five minutes from placing your order to the funds being added to your Gift Card balance, however it took all of one minute for Amazon to process this for me. Quick, easy and recommended.