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Save 5% to 9.75% On Prepaid Airtime at Target This Week

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Prepaid airtime for major carriers is on sale this week at most Target Stores for 5% off. If you have a Red Card, Target's in-store credit or debit card, you get an extra 5% discount for a total savings of 9.75%. If you don't have a Red Card you can get one instantly at any Target Store if you have good credit.

Target's discount is applies to airtime for AT&T Go Phone, Verizon Prepaid, T-Mobile Prepaid, Cricket, Boost Mobile, TracFone, Sprint Prepaid, Virgin Mobile and possibly other brands. You can check if the discount is available at your Target by entering an airtime card's DPCI code in Brickseek's Target Inventory Checker. Some DPCIs you can use include:

  • 080-10-0047 TracFone $19.99 Card
  • 080-10-0306 Virgin Mobile $35 Card
  • 080-10-0112 T-Mobile Prepaid $50 Card
  • 080-10-0273 Verizon Prepaid $50 Card
  • 080-10-0347 AT&T GoPhone $60 Card
Target's sales are the only way I know of to get discounts on Virgin Mobile, Sprint Prepaid, Boost Mobile or T-Mobile Prepaid which are either not discounted or not sold at all by online airtime vendors like CallingMart and PrepaidRefill.

This deal should also be especially attractive for California prepaid users. The Golden state currently doesn't collect any taxes on sales of prepaid airtime, no sales tax, no e911 tax, nothing. But that changes Jan 1 when prepaid airtime will be taxed at 9.260 to 18.260 the depending on the city and county the store is located in, or in the case of online sales, the users billing address. California's new tax isn't really new, it's a collection of taxes including an e911 fee, Lifeline Services fee and local utility users taxes that up to now were collected directly from the mobile operators. The operators CTIA trade association successfully lobbied state legislators to shift the taxes from the themselves to end users.

Related: California's New Tax on Prepaid Airtime Set At 9.260% to 18.260%


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  1. I would like to point out you don't even need to have good credit to get a Redcard. Or maybe you don't want the credit inquiry...anyway, you can get one that is a debit card linked to your checking account.

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  2. Target does not sell cricket refills. Those are only sold at walmart.

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    1. My Target store has been selling Cricket Phones, SIMs and airtime since last month.

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    2. It's in every Target I visited this holiday season, which top more than 10 stores for various reasons. They are definitely there...

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    3. Cricket is in all the Target stores in the Seattle metro area. See pic.

      http://imgur.com/wZZFaSA

      But very few of the Walmarts even carry Cricket products.

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  3. Cricket says they pay all taxes and fees on their plans. Does that mean Target and other retailers will not charge taxes on their refill cards ?

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    1. Yes, I believe retailers shouldn't charge taxes on Cricket refills in any state because Cricket pays all taxes on airtime. But I have no idea how that will actually work in practice in California January 1. There's great potential for confusion.

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    2. Walmart is adding 9.25% to cricket refills bought online in CA even though my zipcode is in the 13% range. Guess I am done with buying the refill cards and will switch to autopay from now on.

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  4. CallingMart stopped selling VM a few years back. VM made it unprofitable for CM to offer them. Can't remember when exactly but maybe when Sprint bought VM. Will be interesting to see if CM or PR will collect the new taxes for CA. I hope not.

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    1. CallingMart is in Florida and as far as I know is not subject to California's tax code. I don't know where PrepaidRefill is based.

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    2. Gross overtaxation like this encourages companies and consumers to leave the state/jurisdiction that punishes them for staying or doing business there in this fashion.

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    3. Do you seriously believe that if the California legislature had not agreed to shift the tax burden from the operators to prepaid customers, that AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon would stop offering service in California?

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  5. Dennis, I plan to buy several prepaid cards before years end. Cricket says their cards are valid for 1 year from date of purchase so no problem there, but I also have accounts with T-Mobile and tracfone. If I purchase 6 months worth of cards will they still be valid then ? Checked out their websites but no help.

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    1. As long as the air time cards don't say on them that they have to be used within a certain time frame you should be OK.

      With TracFone you might as well add the cards immediately because TracFone airtime and expiration dates "stack". You with have the same expiration date and balance at the end of 6 months if you add the cards immediately as you would if you added the last on 6 months from now.

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  6. It seems fair for state and local sales tax to be applied to the list price of refill cards, the same as books, frozen pizzas, and cell phones.


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    1. California sales tax doesn't apply to services including prepaid phone service.

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  7. I suspect Target doesm't sell much Cricket airtime as you can top up online or at a Cricket store to avoid the tax.

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