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Can I buy gift cards with Shoppers Points and PC Points?

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Can I buy gift cards with Shoppers Points and PC Points?

Can I buy gift cards with Shoppers Points and PC Points?. I know I could do this like 5 years but now?
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alraptor wrote:
Oct 15th, 2019 12:21 pm
Can I buy gift cards with Shoppers Points and PC Points?. I know I could do this like 5 years but now?
Good post from @Kiraly but I will add some more info ...

Sounds like you are a bit out of the loop with the Program Changes

As of February 2018
The Shoppers Drugmart Group Optimum Program MERGED with the PC+ Loblaws Group Program to become the NEW PC Optimum Program (abbreviated here on RFD as PCO)

After the stolen points fiasco that both Retailers experienced in their programs (dating back into 2017)
And also experienced by many other Loyalty Programs, and with Gift Cards in particular
The NEW PCO Program began right off the bat with two general rules:

NO REDEEMING Points for Gift Cards
And NO EARNING Points for Buying Gift Cards... unless there was a limited time offer advertised in their flyers
(ie for a limited time ... Earn 10,000 PCO Points with the purchase of $ 50 XYZ GC)

These are decent bonuses ... where 10,000 PCO Points = $ 10
So worthwhile looking for them in the Flyers
As well, like other Retailers sometimes the PCO Group Stores forego the Points Promos, and just offer specific GCs on a discounted promo
(Ie for a limited time ... Buy an ABC GC for 10% or 15% Off face value)
Again these deals appear in the weekly flyers

We have certainly done both
Be it 10,000 PCO Points for a $ 50 Roots GC
Or $ 15 Off on a $ 50 Indigo GC

We are most definitely entering GC SEASON
As Retailers gear up for Christmas Shopping
So my best advice is check the weekly flyers (Flipp is a great on line resource... all the flyers in one place)
And maybe check in on RFD’s HOT DEALS FORUM for the threads on GCs
Additionally... if something’s happening in the PCO Program with GCs
Or the AirMiles Program
Those promos will be talked about in the RFD ONGOING Annual Threads dedicated to those 2 Programs

PCO = http://forums.redflagdeals.com/pc-optim ... 9-2257875/
AirMiles = http://forums.redflagdeals.com/air-mile ... d-2253595/
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alraptor wrote:
Oct 15th, 2019 12:21 pm
Can I buy gift cards with Shoppers Points and PC Points?. I know I could do this like 5 years but now?
Did you just step out of the cryogenic chamber?

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Well technically if you buy anything with your points like a tv from Loblaws and want to return it, they would give you your money back on credit/debit. So it would be identitcal to buying a GC
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RFDSimple wrote:
Oct 17th, 2019 12:49 pm
Well technically if you buy anything with your points like a tv from Loblaws and want to return it, they would give you your money back on credit/debit. So it would be identitcal to buying a GC
This is a case of YMMV
Dependent on... “how the wind blows” on any given day
Can differ by chain (SDM Group vs PC+ Loblaws Group)
And sometimes even store to store

Definitely cases where people have gotten back Money ... or a Store GC
But also cases where people had their PCO Points just returned to their account as well
IMO, No real way to know beforehand what will happen so as to plan for it
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Jan 31, 2013
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I believe if you buy gift cards with your PC world and PC world elite mastercards, you can get 20x or 30x the pc points respectively so that would yield you $2 or $3 in points if you spend $100 in GCs.

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