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Since October 12, 2015, the prepaid REDcard (Redbird) can only be loaded at Target with cash. It can still be loaded online with a bank-issued debit card, up to $200/day and $1K/month.

Therefore, for MS (manufactured spending) Redbird is now considered dead. RIP!

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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #240 on: October 23, 2014, 03:52:53 PM »
Update:
Well, I tried again to register the RedCard, but no dice.  Same message at the end.  Thanks for the help, though.
Did you PUTPAC the red card number?
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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #241 on: October 23, 2014, 04:39:49 PM »
Did you PUTPAC the red card number?

Yes, that was the problem. The CSR said (erroneously?) that I couldn't use wife's info on a temporary card registered to me. (And I can't just yet dump my own Blue Bird.)

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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #242 on: October 23, 2014, 04:43:14 PM »
Yes, that was the problem. The CSR said (erroneously?) that I couldn't use wife's info on a temporary card registered to me. (And I can't just yet dump my own Blue Bird.)
Maybe you mentioned and I forgot, but why not reggie in your name?
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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #243 on: October 23, 2014, 05:17:04 PM »
I'm confused, if someone is getting one from another state, best to get it unactivated or anything or temp activate?

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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #244 on: October 23, 2014, 05:25:35 PM »
Maybe you mentioned and I forgot, but why not reggie in your name?
This will sound irrational, I'm sure, but...
I wanted to hang on to my BB for a little while, because I like the check writing. My wife's BB card always seems much buggier when loading GCs in the Walmart ATMs, so I decided to dump her BB account instead of mine. 

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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #245 on: October 23, 2014, 05:32:47 PM »
This will sound irrational, I'm sure, but...
I wanted to hang on to my BB for a little while, because I like the check writing. My wife's BB card always seems much buggier when loading GCs in the Walmart ATMs, so I decided to dump her BB account instead of mine.
Huh. Didn't know people used it for the real purpose. I thought everyone just cashed them used them to pay CC and write checks from regular bank. go figure.
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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #246 on: October 23, 2014, 05:35:50 PM »
Huh. Didn't know people used it for the real purpose. I thought everyone just cashed them used them to pay CC and write checks from regular bank. go figure.
I have been of the mind that it's "safer" (less likely to raise BB or CC eyebrows) to pay a non-CC bill than a CC bill with BB. The BB wiki implies that:

"On the BB site, money can be sent to pay bills that don't normally accept CCs (think rent/mortgage, tuition, insurance, car payment, gas bill, even pay your cc bill) or to anyone in the U.S. for free. Use the 'pay and transfer tab'.  Checks sent online this way are delivered within 5 business days. (It may be prudent not to use BB to directly pay the CC on which you purchased the VRs/GCs that funded BB, but, once again, YMMV.)"


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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #247 on: October 24, 2014, 07:50:47 AM »
I'm confused, if someone is getting one from another state, best to get it unactivated or anything or temp activate?

Based on everything I've read in this thread it seems you are better trying to get one that is unactivated if you can.

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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #248 on: October 24, 2014, 10:54:08 AM »
How long did people wait from online registration till card arrival?

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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #249 on: October 24, 2014, 11:09:42 AM »
How long did people wait from online registration till card arrival?
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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #250 on: October 24, 2014, 12:00:02 PM »
Based on everything I've read in this thread it seems you are better trying to get one that is unactivated if you can.

that may not be possible -
I'm on hold now with the 24 hr cs guy in India and he's saying that this card cannot be activated if not done in the store.

I still had the bb card while in Target yesterday, so Redcard didn't go through - but they gave me a new card to bring home and try after I cancelled my bb..
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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #251 on: October 24, 2014, 12:03:04 PM »
that may not be possible -
I'm on hold now with the 24 hr cs and he's saying that this card cannot be activated if not done in the store.

I still had my bb card when I was in Target, so it didn't go through - but they gave me one to bring home and try after cancelled bb..

As far as I understand you DO have to activate in a store, but it doesn't have to be in the same store you picked it up from. Again I haven't done any of this but based on what I've read in this thread that was my understanding.

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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #252 on: October 24, 2014, 12:11:53 PM »
As far as I understand you DO have to activate in a store, but it doesn't have to be in the same store you picked it up from. Again I haven't done any of this but based on what I've read in this thread that was my understanding.
Also, iinm, you can buy and activate in store,  then cancel bb, then register at home

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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #253 on: October 24, 2014, 12:22:17 PM »
As far as I understand you DO have to activate in a store, but it doesn't have to be in the same store you picked it up from. Again I haven't done any of this but based on what I've read in this thread that was my understanding.

Agree - I was responding to this where he says it's better unactivated:

Based on everything I've read in this thread it seems you are better trying to get one that is unactivated if you can.

 the cs guy is insisting there there is no such thing as a $0 purchase price and that it has to be paid for and activated first in Target up to $500 and then register for permanent card.
It can be loaded up to $1500 for the temp card and he says it can be loaded with cash for up to $100K/yr with the perm card. 
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Re: The Target Prepaid REDcard
« Reply #254 on: October 24, 2014, 12:22:33 PM »
Agree - I was responding to this where he says it's better unactivated:

When I said it's better to get it unactivated it was in response to the question:

I'm confused, if someone is getting one from another state, best to get it unactivated or anything or temp activate?

My point was that when getting one from a different state it's better to get it unactivated and then go to your local target and activate it yourself.