When the kind folks at VISA asked if they could send me a gift card to try out the new VISA Checkout option that’s now available with many of my favourite online stores, I eagerly agreed.
I have mad shopping problems and my personal VISA Infinite credit card is so well-used that I have it memorized. But because I hate the idea of saving my credit card information at every store because of potential security issues, the checkout process takes longer. Punching in my name, address and card information every time I check out takes time away from, well, more shopping. The end of all that was in sight with VISA Checkout.
First, you create a profile on the VISA Checkout homepage. Easy. We’re talking 30 seconds.
Then, add your credit card or VISA gift card to your profile. And you can add as many as you like, which is nice for us bloggers who often get paid in VISA gift cards!
Time to shop. When I learned that Staples was having a VISA Checkout promotion ($20 off every $100 spent, on from now until May 12, 2015), I popped over through VISA Checkout’s retailer portal, which took me straight to Staples.ca. Here, I stocked up on some goodies to keep the kids busy once school’s out — should we find ourselves with a rainy day or three:
The majority of my order arrived within two days, though I’m still waiting for one final item. And considering it’s been eight days since I ordered it, that’s a bit of a drag.
Oh, how I wish that was the only downside.
I was so excited by my overall experience at Staples that I decided to head to Old Navy‘s online store next. I spent a good 45 minutes carefully selecting summer clothes for both of my kids. Again, I headed to the checkout and selected the VISA Checkout option. But after signing in and confirming my information was accurate, I just couldn’t seem to check out. Every time I tried, the screen refreshed and asked me to complete payment. But the VISA Checkout option was now gone. So it was either enter my personal credit card info or say goodbye to all the stuff I’d picked out.
Hm, I thought. Let’s try a different store using a different browser. I switched from Chrome to Internet Explorer and signed in again on the VISA Checkout homepage, then went to GAP.ca. I nabbed a great pair of pants that were on sale, a cute straw fedora for Miss Q and a pair of flip flops for The K Man. At checkout, I selected “VISA Checkout,” entered my log-in details and hit “Place Order.” It was processing! YES!
This time, I got an error message. But at least I got a message!
Hm, I wondered. Let me check my gift card balance just to be sure there was as much available on it as I thought. Back to the VISA Checkout homepage I went, but — alas — there isn’t a way to check my balance here. Bummer.
So, it was off to VISA’s Gift Card Store, which is a great place to check any the transactions made on it — for free. Turns out I still had more than enough remaining to cover that GAP purchase. Phew.
Finally, I strolled over to lululemon for another try. I picked out some gorgeous cropped pants that would surely get me back into my yoga practise, and attempted to check out with VISA Checkout. Just like the name suggests. It seemed promising as I went through each step successfully.
Then another error message.
I take to my smartphone. Because VISA Checkout works on a laptop, tablet or smartphone. So it has to work this time. (Right?)
Wrong. I give up.
Whether it’s buggy at my end or VISA’s, we’ll probably never know. But one thing’s for sure: I didn’t spend my paycheque. This week. And, hey, I can always do more shopping at Staples.
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