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National retailers that don't accept American Express

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National retailers that don't accept American Express

Given the new popularity of the Amex SPG card and the ever-popular Amex Gold 2% and Amex Costco card, I thought it would be useful to have a thread where we can keep track of national retailers that do not accept American Express. but accept Mastercard and/or Visa

Please reply with ones you know of and I will add them to this post, so other RFDers can have a resource.

As a matter of note - I have never been to an national chain eat-in restaurant or gas station (so far) that did not accept American Express...

*Update* Smittys is one!
*Update* Removed Tim Hortons and McDonalds and Subway since they now take Amex. Added DQ. Removed Zellers since they are shut down.

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Here are ones I have made note of lately:

Grocery Stores:
Loblaws
Real Canadian/Atlantic Superstore
Zehrs
No Frills (Mastercard only)
Independant Grocer
T&T Supermarket
IGA (conflicting reports)
Maxi
Videotron
Mac's Sushi


Fast Food:

Starbucks (some locations reject)
Wendy's
Second Cup (some locations reject)
KFC (some locations?)
A&W
Arbys (mc only)
Dairy Queen

Restaurants
Smitty's

Department Stores
Canadian Tire (some stores reject. All gas bars take Amex)
Factory Direct
IKEA
Giant Tiger

Clothing:
None yet

Insurance / Finance
BelAir
Scotiabank
DesJardins
Sunlife
State farm
Trafalgar

Other
UPS Store
Fitness Depot
Reliance Heating
Frescho grocers
IDRF charity
Google Play Canada
Home hardware (some locations)
Travelzoo
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Hm.... Starbucks takes AMEX.... At least all the ones that I've been to.


I know that Wendy's, Subway and KFC doesn't take AMEX though (although in the case of KFC I have seen some DT that do take it).
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moofur wrote:
Apr 20th, 2010 7:23 am
Hm.... Starbucks takes AMEX.... At least all the ones that I've been to.
Weird they did not for me... usually this is a national thing...
I know that Wendy's, Subway and KFC doesn't take AMEX though (although in the case of KFC I have seen some DT that do take it).
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all of the starbucks i have been to take amex. Heck, even the ones I went to in HK take amex. I think the one in macau does also but not 100% sure~

The kfc in markville mall takes amex iirc...
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Ashley Furniture won't take Amex as well, just tried two days ago :)
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I wonder if some national chains allow their local franchise owner to determine things like this.

At my local Canadian Tire, the sticker on the pump at the gas bar displays an Amex logo but I have never personally used my Amex at the gas pump. However, when I went to use my Amex in the store in the same Canadian Tire complex it told me invalid card type (or something like that) when I swiped my Amex in the self-checkout lane. (edit. Maybe it was a glitch because they recently upgraded to chip readers in the self-checkout lanes. I'll try again sometime in the future. /edit)

"Your Independant Grocer" does not take Amex. I'm not sure how much of a national chain they are, but there are quite a few here in eastern Ontario. I believe they are part of the Loblaws chain, but I could be wrong.
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Paulfistinyourface wrote:
Apr 20th, 2010 9:37 am
I wonder if some national chains allow their local franchise owner to determine things like this.
yes they do..well except tim hortons since all of them only take mc.
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I know you can reload your Starbucks card using AMEX...
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Wouldn't it be more useful to list where amex is accepted? Or at the very least an accepted list in addition to where it is not accepted.

I don't find a 'not accepted' list on its own to be particularly very useful.
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M08006899 wrote:
Apr 20th, 2010 11:27 am
Second Cup doesn't
The one at University and Front does. Actually, the ones I've visited all took AMEX... The smaller chains may allow franchisees to source their own POS. The big chains may have a franchise wide agreement.
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myapple wrote:
Apr 20th, 2010 11:30 am
Wouldn't it be more useful to list where amex is accepted? Or at the very least an accepted list in addition to where it is not accepted.

I don't find a 'not accepted' list on its own to be particularly very useful.
well that list would be too long. Most places accept AMEX now.
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myapple wrote:
Apr 20th, 2010 11:30 am
Wouldn't it be more useful to list where amex is accepted? Or at the very least an accepted list in addition to where it is not accepted.

I don't find a 'not accepted' list on its own to be particularly very useful.
I'd agree.
rems wrote:
Apr 20th, 2010 12:04 pm
well that list would be too long. Most places accept AMEX now.
Really? I'd disagree..but if this is the case then I see almost less use for this list...in fact..I really can't understand the purpose of this list at all.
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