FOR MERCHANTS: How Avilla Community Cards Work
- Sign up with Avilla Chamber of Commerce here by clicking “Apply to Join”.
- Run the “Activation Card” as a digital MasterCard on your PoS to join.
- People will come into your business with an Avilla Community Card on their phone or printed.
- Click on the “View Gift Voucher” bar and process it as a key-entry MasterCard credit card.
- MasterCard will authorize the purchase and you are paid as usual by your Mastercard bank.
Avilla Community Card FAQs
Q: Do I need to be a member of the Avilla Chamber of Commerce to participate? A: No. The Avilla Community Card program is open to all businesses in the Avilla area.
Q: Is there a deadline to participate? A: You can sign up at any time!
Q: How do I sign up? A: You can sign up yourself by clicking “Apply to Join” here or tell the Avilla Chamber (by emailing them at email@example.com) that you want to participate. They will add you to the program and will send you an Activation Card, which is a 10 cent prepaid MasterCard. When you run the Activation Card you are authorizing that you want to opt-in to the program, which means you agree to the Yiftee Merchant Agreement here.
Q: What if I can’t process the Activation Card in the 10 cents amount? A: No problem. Process the Activation Card for your minimum amount. It will be declined, but Yiftee will get the information that they need to add you to the program.
Q: What if I can’t key in a MasterCard? A: This is very unusual. We can introduce you to a processor who will allow you to do this.
Q: What if the purchase is for more than the Avilla Community Card value? A: Run the Avilla Community Card for the remaining balance on the card and ask the customer for a different form of payment to cover the rest of the transaction.
Q: What do I do if the Avilla Community Card is ‘declined’? A: The transaction is declined if you try to redeem more than the value of the card, or if any of the redemption information is mistyped. Start the transaction over with the correct value and info.
Q: Is tipping allowed on the Avilla Community Card? A: No, unless you pre-authorize the amount with the tip included, since this is a prepaid card.
Q: Does the Avilla Community Card function as a ‘prepaid’ credit card regarding automatic tipping hold-backs? A: No. It can be redeemed for the full value. But there is no tipping allowed on the Avilla Community Card.
Q: Since the Avilla Community Card is like a MasterCard, can it be redeemed anywhere? A: No. They can only be redeemed at participating locations that have run their Activation Card.
Q: Is there a fee to purchase the Avilla Community Card? A: The gift sender pays $1.00 plus 5% of the gift value. The gift recipient gets 100% of the gift value. The merchant is paid the full value of the card, less their normal card-not-present CNP MasterCard fee.
Q: Can the Avilla Community Card be used more than once? A: Yes. They are multi-use and the current balance and expiration date are always reflected on the digital voucher. Recipients receive monthly reminders to redeem.
Q: Can I apply a refund for the Avilla Community Card? A: Yes. Refunds can be applied to a valid, unexpired card just as you would to a credit card. NO CASH-BACKS.
Q: Can I cancel my participation? A: Yes. Anytime, by notifying the Avilla Chamber of Commerce. You will be removed from the marketing materials online and offline and can no longer process the Avilla Community Cards.
Q: Does the Avilla Chamber make any money from the Avilla Community Card program? A: No. The Avilla Chamber makes no money from the buying, selling, or sponsoring of the Avilla Community Card program. The program is an effort to continue to support and bring awareness to our community’s businesses and services, to help maintain and build up our local economy, and to encourage residents to shop, support, think, use, and love local!