AmEx Small Business Saturday

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  1. MX

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    American Express has started providing the specifics for this year's event. The date will be 11/30, with registration starting on 11/24.
    https://freeads.americanexpress.com/Merchant/FAQ#amexcm
    A major disappointment this year is a reduction of the AmEx incentive to $10 per card. It's better than nothing, but should still temper the enthusiasm for this event.
     
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    Better than nothing but $25 was pretty nice!
     
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    Well, yeah. A devaluation of more than double is quite disturbing. I can see the marketing spin...Amex supports small businesses....except by a LOT LESS this year! Whee!
     
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  4. MSPeconomist
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    What's the minimum spend required to get the $10 this year and how does it compare to what was required last year for the $25 credit?
     
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  5. MX

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    The conditions of this promo are similar to last year's, just scaled down: charge $10 or more on a registered card -- get $10 credit sometime later.
     
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    Minimum spend is $10 at a registered Small Business. (like MINE the past couple of years.)

    I have used the $25 credit by charging $25 for a Restaurant (on iDine of course) or to cover Xmas Presents for the niece and nephew. Four AMEX cards. One SPG (with wife having a card too) Skymiles and Hilton. So four different charges each year.
     
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    A certain neighborhood shop will appreciate the extra $20 (Delta and Fidelity AmEx) and I will appreciate the extra adult beverages.:oops:
     
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    Last year I did two purchases at my local wine store.
     
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    count me as one among the tempered. When I first saw the date I felt bummed as I'll be out of the country, but for only $10 I don't feel I'm missing much. Now $25 per card, I'd feel as if I was missing out!
     
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    $10 is still $10 but I'll certainly not be going out of my way to participate. However, buying $10 gift cards to a local favorite restaurant is not out of the question. Making one purchase per card turned out pretty well for us last year, even at $10 it'll be worth my 20 min of time...
     
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    Small business = Big business for Amex.
     
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    And American Express means more business for us Small Businesses.
     
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    That sucks I was getting used to spending $25 on our families 4 cards. A cool $100 made for a nice thanksgiving weekend extra. Still happy to help small business with the $10, too.
     
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    I was hoping for the $25 again this year... it makes me think twice about keeping a card open for the annual fee (on some cards) since I can't cover it anymore with free gift cards :) Oh well... being able to buy $25 gift cards with $10 off isn't bad. Definitely use this for Christmas gifts this year.
     
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    Registration is now open at this link.
     
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    Thanks for the reminder!
     
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    Last year was a pain to find someone near where I was (small rural town) to get the $25. I think I'll skip the $10 offer since I'm only using one Amex currently.
     
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    Is it any small business or a registered small business? There map/list is not very good. It shows a restaurant near me that has been gone for years.
     
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    Have to be a registered small business.
     
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    In my experience in the last few years they have credited back pretty much anything that is not a big chain regardless if it shows on the map or not.
     
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    It must be a registered small business with a physical location (not mail order). But I agree that the map should not be trusted as a reliable source. It show businesses that are long gone, individuals with no physical business location, stores that are closed on Saturdays, etc.
     
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    However, I have noted a LOT of Strictly mail order businesses are listed on the map. So YMMV.
     
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