CallingMart stopped offering discounts on top-ups for any of the TracFone brands. CallingMart blamed the change on a commission decrease by TracFone. This week Callingmart started adding a 2% surcharge to the price of airtime for TracFone brands. The reason; yet another commission decrease by TracFone. Here's the email CallingMart sent to its TracFone auto -refill customers;
"We regret to inform you of yet another price increase rolled out by Tracfone company (owner of PagePlus, Simple Mobile, TelCel America, Net10 and Tracfone products) effective September 27, 2016. Given the already very slim profit margin given to us resellers, we will be charging 2% surcharge in order to cover our costs and be able to continue selling these products online for your convenience. As a subscriber to our Auto-Purchase program, you will still get 1% off our retail price without sales tax and other processing fees.
Thank you for your business and we hope for your understanding. Please feel free to contact us should you have further inquiries on this matter."
I checked a few other online sellers and none of them seem to be offering discounts on Page Plus or TracFone topups. At least PrepayRefill.com and Babblebug.com are still selling top ups at face value without a surcharge.
It looks like the only way to get a discount Trac airtime anymore is through TracFone itself or at Target stores. TracFone offers a 10% discount for customers who use auto pay. Target Red Card get a 5% discount on airtime and Traget has 5% off sales on airtime almost every month for a total discount of 9.75% when using Red Card during a sale. However both TracFone and Target charge state and local sales tax and TracFone adds another 1.7% for "Regulatory Cost Recovery" and the Federal Universal Service Fee. That means that even without a discount, buying airtime online tax free can still be cheaper. Of course, in most states you are supposed to pay any uncollected sales tax on inline purchases when you file your state tax return, wiping out any savings.
Source : Howard Forums