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I'm so stupid, how do I get the SDM self-checkout to scan my PC MC?

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  • Sep 25th, 2018 10:45 pm
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I'm so stupid, how do I get the SDM self-checkout to scan my PC MC?

I literally spent 5 minutes going through every menu and I feel like a complete idiot. How in the world do I get the SDM Self-checkout machine to scan my PC Mastercard so that I can use my offers?

I gave up and just paid with it, hoping that would do the trick much like it does at Loblaws, but no luck.
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if they haven't updated their system, you'll need an employee to do something for you. Yesterday I was in they just updated it. You just press pay and then it'll give you the option to scan your pc mc.
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bluebellrose wrote:
Sep 24th, 2018 7:18 pm
if they haven't updated their system, you'll need an employee to do something for you. Yesterday I was in they just updated it. You just press pay and then it'll give you the option to scan your pc mc.
Perfect, thank you!
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Personally, I won't touch the SDM machines for little finicky issues like that. Not to mention, they aren't staffed, so trying to fix something on the screen, involves budding the line and trying to push a cashier over to stop what they are doing to help you.

I just avoid the whole thing and keep employing real people :D

You should probably leave some feedback to customer service via an e-mail, that's definitely something they should be fixing / making easier. It should almost be a huge bubble that's encouraging you to see your offers / use your offers, which would in-turn encourage people to get the card to see what they are missing out on. In a sense, it's subliminal advertising, if they did it right.
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I’ve never seen a self checkout at an Sdm
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Red_Army wrote:
Sep 24th, 2018 8:52 pm
I’ve never seen a self checkout at an Sdm
Usually the bigger stores have them (the ones that carry some groceries), at least in Calgary.
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CanadianSpruce wrote:
Sep 25th, 2018 12:02 am
Usually the bigger stores have them (the ones that carry some groceries), at least in Calgary.
Yup... they are popping up all over
Saw the first one about 6 months ago
Now see them in many stores

Like @DaVibe my interactions with them have been more problematic than anything else
So unless it’s a straightforward purchase (just expecting Base Points)
I am avoiding them in favour of going to a Cashier
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OK so next question, how do I do it properly when I go through the cashier? Do they do 'tap for points' like RCSS? Or is using a plastic PCO card the only way to get points at SDM?
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It can not be done at self serve. You need a live person to process the transaction. That was what the SDM employee told me.
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I have the PC Financial Mastercard that is linked to my PC Optimum account. I do not have a plastic PC Optimum card because my PC Mastercard doubles as the Optimum card.

At Shoppers, I have no way for them to see that my PC Mastercard is linked to a PC Optimum account, to them it's just any ol' Mastercard. It seems like I have to get a plastic PCO card to scan first.
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saberon2016 wrote:
Sep 25th, 2018 5:13 pm
At Shoppers, I have no way for them to see that my PC Mastercard is linked to a PC Optimum account, to them it's just any ol' Mastercard. It seems like I have to get a plastic PCO card to scan first.
Plastic card or the PC Optimum phone app.... at least Esso/Mobil stations have phone number lookup too.
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Smiley22 wrote:
Sep 25th, 2018 8:54 am
It can not be done at self serve. You need a live person to process the transaction. That was what the SDM employee told me.
As of two days ago, it asks if you have a PC card and then you can tap it.
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CorSter wrote:
Sep 25th, 2018 5:15 pm
Plastic card or the PC Optimum phone app.... at least Esso/Mobil stations have phone number lookup too.
My phone was in my pocket, didn't even think of that. Ugh! :(

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