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Amex shop small receive £5 statement credit when spending £10.00 at hundreds of small local outlets 6th-21st December 2014

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Spend £10 or more and get a £5 statement credit Shop Small and get rewarded From local coffee shops, neighbourhood bistros and little independent boutiques, we’re championing small businesses arou… Read More
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Spend £10 or more and get a £5 statement credit
Shop Small and get rewarded

From local coffee shops, neighbourhood bistros and little independent boutiques, we’re championing small businesses around the UK, and now there are even more reasons to Shop Small.

From Small Business Saturday®, on 6 December until 21 December 2014 you’ll get a £5 statement credit when you spend £10 or more on your registered American Express Card in-store at participating small businesses*. And because you’ll receive one statement credit for each place you shop, the more support you give the more you get back
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#1
Works at one stop shops, and many small retailers, stick your postcode in the search engine
1 Like #2
already been posted tonnes of time !
1 Like #3
jase.2
already been posted tonnes of time !
I searched tonnes of times and got no hits except ones from a year ago, the search engine on this site is terrible
#4
jase.2
already been posted tonnes of time !

Just found this one but a different offer as major retailers
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/american-express-statement-credit-deals-pc-world-currys-costco-leon-restaurants-2068946

And this one is over a month old, so can be reposted,
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/american-express-shop-small-registration-now-open-start-saving-from-small-business-2038404

Edited By: whatyadoinsucka on Dec 02, 2014 22:06
1 Like #6
Great idea - good for the independent retailers
#7
Only place near me is an Aston Martin parts place.
1 Like #8
A month and a day....does it really need a re-post? I know...it's the rules right.... oO

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/american-express-shop-small-registration-now-open-start-saving-from-small-business-2038404

It's a great deal for a lot of people, hopefully including the small businesses themselves.
3 Likes #9
morgie
A month and a day....does it really need a re-post? I know...it's the rules right.... oOhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/american-express-shop-small-registration-now-open-start-saving-from-small-business-2038404
It's a great deal for a lot of people, hopefully including the small businesses themselves.

I think more the question does it really need posting a month before the event, now is the perfect time, actually just got an email from barclaycard amex to tell me
#10
whatyadoinsucka
morgie
A month and a day....does it really need a re-post? I know...it's the rules right.... oOhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/american-express-shop-small-registration-now-open-start-saving-from-small-business-2038404
It's a great deal for a lot of people, hopefully including the small businesses themselves.
I think more the question does it really need posting a month before the event, now is the perfect time, actually just got an email from barclaycard amex to tell me

It was when it was announced by Amex and confirmed the sign up date, 10th November, so seemed to make sense. Good to remind people of the start now too.
#11
No, check the map.
1 Like #12
morgie
whatyadoinsucka
morgie
A month and a day....does it really need a re-post? I know...it's the rules right.... oOhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/american-express-shop-small-registration-now-open-start-saving-from-small-business-2038404
It's a great deal for a lot of people, hopefully including the small businesses themselves.
I think more the question does it really need posting a month before the event, now is the perfect time, actually just got an email from barclaycard amex to tell me
It was when it was announced by Amex and confirmed the sign up date, 10th November, so seemed to make sense. Good to remind people of the start now too.
Ah didn't realise you.d post originally, it's a shame hukd can't bump up deals like this to the top again once the offer starts as it'll be hidden away for no one to see unless they hit a search (which can be extremely temperamental on here)
#13
does anyone know how this works for the merchants? would be interested to know if amex is covering the £5 credit themselves, or the merchant is, or they're splitting it...
#14
mirrorsaw
does anyone know how this works for the merchants? would be interested to know if amex is covering the £5 credit themselves, or the merchant is, or they're splitting it...
I'd guess it was amex covering, sure they take enough fees from these small shops, it's promoting that they accept amex, as it still seems even 300 branch high street shops still don't
1 Like #15
great deal.
#16
Looked at my local places and several show up that don't take Amex (quite a few small businesses do not accept them) so beware before u go there
#17
Cold.
More expensive in the long run because small independent stores overcharge and are generally rip-off merchants.
Cheaper deals at Tesco / Online etc.
#18
mirrorsaw
does anyone know how this works for the merchants? would be interested to know if amex is covering the £5 credit themselves, or the merchant is, or they're splitting it...

It's Amex covering, don't think any merchant with half a brain would sign up if they were told they'd receive £5 for a £10 spend, minus the hefty fee Amex already take.
#19
A13
Cold.
More expensive in the long run because small independent stores overcharge and are generally rip-off merchants.
Cheaper deals at Tesco / Online etc.

Haha. Nice try.
1 Like #20
dean_brfc
A13
Cold.
More expensive in the long run because small independent stores overcharge and are generally rip-off merchants.
Cheaper deals at Tesco / Online etc.
Haha. Nice try.

Another tesco fool, the amount of times my one stop shop (that is tesco owned) has £1 offers on that are on offer for £1.50 in tesco.. Supermarkets are not always cheaper, but the RRP tend to be higher to make something look a bargain
#21
A13
Cold. More expensive in the long run because small independent stores overcharge and are generally rip-off merchants.Cheaper deals at Tesco / Online etc.

Aww... was it cold under your bridge last night?
2 Likes #22
Using this for a Shop Small xmas pub crawl. Love you Amex :)
#23
AnneElk
Using this for a Shop Small xmas pub crawl. Love you Amex :)
i noticed this, lots of the indi bars in leeds are on this list..
3 Likes #24
Lombear
Looked at my local places and several show up that don't take Amex (quite a few small businesses do not accept them) so beware before u go there

On the occasions that the retailer has refused to take Amex, I just phoned Amex customer service and they put a credit on the account.
#25
When this was first posted it looked like HMV was on. Has it been removed for everyone or just Cambridge? Also T's and C's say credit once per registered card per retailer so supplementary cards registered separately are fine?
banned#26
the map is so poor
#27
DJJ1
When this was first posted it looked like HMV was on. Has it been removed for everyone or just Cambridge? Also T's and C's say credit once per registered card per retailer so supplementary cards registered separately are fine?

Can't see HMV in Dundee. But in any case I think calling HMV a small shop would be stretching it.
#28
Cold
#29
Cold for many reasons
1. Very few places except American Express
2. Of the places that do except American Express a lot of them want you to spend more than the £10 minimum
3. Also a number of stores that I've been to in previous promotions want to charge you to use the card because they claim American Express charge them too much to have the card accepted in their stalls
4. A very poor map
5. Too many of the American Express cards has very high annual fees you have to earn in excess of £20-£30,000 to get one
6. It's true small independent stores do charge much more than larger retailers
7. Online retailers with discount codes will prove to be much better value than going into a store struggling to have them except the card wanting you to pay more to use the card and wanting to charge you to use the card
8. Nowhere near as good as the previous shop small promotion two years ago which gave you a 5 pound statement credit for every 5 pounds you spent
9. A great number of the stores in the map don't even acknowledge that their part of the promotion
10 previous shop Small promotions used to allow you to register your card through foursquare and through subsidiary cards that is American Express cards that is not directly from them but thru other providers (lower card fees this practice was stopped) this promotion is much more restrictive
I would like to think I'm quite knowledgeable on this due to the fact that I have five American Express cards myself and have done all the shop small promotions since its conception two years ago in the UK I find that this promotion is actually quite poor and I would do better by purchasing online without the stress and saving much more money in the long run


Edited By: johnb667 on Dec 04, 2014 01:07: More information
#30
klanker
mirrorsaw
does anyone know how this works for the merchants? would be interested to know if amex is covering the £5 credit themselves, or the merchant is, or they're splitting it...

It's Amex covering, don't think any merchant with half a brain would sign up if they were told they'd receive £5 for a £10 spend, minus the hefty fee Amex already take.
absolutely right American Express fees to the merchant are scandalously high and that is why so few High Street retailers have them as a payment method think about it you as a merchant on being subsidised 5 pounds for every customer that walks in yet you probably having to pay American Express £2.50 to pay for the transaction is nonsensical a waste of time for them
#31
dean_brfc
A13
Cold.
More expensive in the long run because small independent stores overcharge and are generally rip-off merchants.
Cheaper deals at Tesco / Online etc.

Haha. Nice try.
I just wondered Dean whether you actually have any American Express cards yourself and have participated in the promotion before?
#32
Altarf
Lombear
Looked at my local places and several show up that don't take Amex (quite a few small businesses do not accept them) so beware before u go there

On the occasions that the retailer has refused to take Amex, I just phoned Amex customer service and they put a credit on the account.
you will find it difficult to get Amyx to apply a statement credit there has been a big clampdown on crediting accounts I recently had a renewal of my gold card which has an annual fee of £125. last year I got the fee reduced to £30
this year I had to pay £90!!! I was told by the customer service rep that Amex have really clamped down on applying credits to accounts due to the fact that it was being abused, I asked for advice regarding this years shop small promotion what he told me to do is to go back to the retailer, make the purchase with the American Express card ,if refused inform the retailer I had spoken to customer services and they are on the shop small list and should accept the card. Furthermore there should be a shop small sign on the door or in the window of the shop in plain view as you go in. If it's there and they still refuse contact customer services and they will discuss with the retailer why they are refusing the transaction and may apply a credit it's just far too much hassle



Edited By: johnb667 on Dec 04, 2014 02:01: Edit
#33
johnb667
dean_brfc
A13
Cold.
More expensive in the long run because small independent stores overcharge and are generally rip-off merchants.
Cheaper deals at Tesco / Online etc.

Haha. Nice try.
I just wondered Dean whether you actually have any American Express cards yourself and have participated in the promotion before?

I haven't used mine with small merchants but I've done it at larger places through Foursquare on a number of occasions. I'll try to take advantage of this somewhere if I can though.

Why would I click on a deal for Amex if I didn't have one? ;)

Edited By: dean_brfc on Dec 04, 2014 08:51
#34
Interesting stuff.

I use Amex as much as I can as I have the 5% cashback running for 3 months on my new card. I noticed there's at least one pub that I visit regular on the shop small list, who previously has rejected Amex and I have since been paying via Mastercard. Either the list is wrong or they have since started taking Amex.
Either way, I will be eating there next week and attempting to use the card!
#35
focaltucker
Interesting stuff.

I use Amex as much as I can as I have the 5% cashback running for 3 months on my new card. I noticed there's at least one pub that I visit regular on the shop small list, who previously has rejected Amex and I have since been paying via Mastercard. Either the list is wrong or they have since started taking Amex.
Either way, I will be eating there next week and attempting to use the card!

Cool story, bro.
#36
This is speculation but I think that when some merchants receive their payment terminals the agreements they sign require them to take Amex (despite the higher fees). Shops then refuse to take Amex so that they keep a higher proportion of the sale. My assumption is that one of the benefits of the Shop small promotion for Amex is that they can identify which shops are claiming to refuse Amex cards whilst being required to do so.

I've always received a credit in the past when I've been forced to use a different card so I'll be disappointed if Amex are clamping down. It is a great promotion in Cambridge because there are lots of locations that accept Amex. I was surprised by how few locations there were in North London in comparison last year.
#37
hot from me - my local feed shop is listed and i buy fuel there. cheers
#38
johnb667
Altarf
Lombear
Looked at my local places and several show up that don't take Amex (quite a few small businesses do not accept them) so beware before u go there
On the occasions that the retailer has refused to take Amex, I just phoned Amex customer service and they put a credit on the account.
you will find it difficult to get Amyx to apply a statement credit there has been a big clampdown on crediting accounts I recently had a renewal of my gold card which has an annual fee of £125. last year I got the fee reduced to £30
this year I had to pay £90!!! I was told by the customer service rep that Amex have really clamped down on applying credits to accounts due to the fact that it was being abused, I asked for advice regarding this years shop small promotion what he told me to do is to go back to the retailer, make the purchase with the American Express card ,if refused inform the retailer I had spoken to customer services and they are on the shop small list and should accept the card. Furthermore there should be a shop small sign on the door or in the window of the shop in plain view as you go in. If it's there and they still refuse contact customer services and they will discuss with the retailer why they are refusing the transaction and may apply a credit it's just far too much hassle

Well they are not clamping down for me. The £10 Esso credit didn't appear the 4th time I used it (it had on the other three cards on my account), contacted Amex, result was a "terribly sorry sir, I have put a £10 credit on your account".
#39
johnb667
Cold for many reasons
1. Very few places except American Express
Not true for everyone. Most accept amex in my local area.

2. Of the places that do except American Express a lot of them want you to spend more than the £10 minimum
Again, this is in your experience, certainly never happened to me.

3. Also a number of stores that I've been to in previous promotions want to charge you to use the card because they claim American Express charge them too much to have the card accepted in their stalls.
Not happened once in over 50 shop small transactions I've done jn the past.

4. A very poor map
Agree with this, the map is naff. But I just print out the list of shops and as they are local I know where they are.

5. Too many of the American Express cards has very high annual fees you have to earn in excess of £20-£30,000 to get one.
There are free cards and waived fees but most of the cards give you something back, like cashback or MR points so it's worth it. Also, they give you a pro-rata refund on the fee if you cancel.

6. It's true small independent stores do charge much more than larger retailers.
Most of our local independents match the online prices now. I even get my milk delivered for the same price as the supermarket milk.

7. Online retailers with discount codes will prove to be much better value than going into a store struggling to have them except the card wanting you to pay more to use the card and wanting to charge you to use the card
Obviously depends on what your purchasing...

8. Nowhere near as good as the previous shop small promotion two years ago which gave you a 5 pound statement credit for every 5 pounds you spent
True, but I'm sure that one was over one or two days, whereas this is two weeks. And £5 off £10 is pretty good. Amex offer so many deals and spend credits it's great. Other credit cards I have offer nothing.

9. A great number of the stores in the map don't even acknowledge that their part of the promotion
Sometimes happens but a quick email to amex and they have always looked after me ;-).

10 previous shop Small promotions used to allow you to register your card through foursquare and through subsidiary cards that is American Express cards that is not directly from them but thru other providers (lower card fees this practice was stopped) this promotion is much more restrictive
Not true, any Amex card issued from Amex, MBNA, Lloyds etc can take part. Sign up directly using this link http://www.amexshopsmall.co.uk/

I would like to think I'm quite knowledgeable on this due to the fact that I have five American Express cards myself and have done all the shop small promotions since its conception two years ago in the UK I find that this promotion is actually quite poor and I would do better by purchasing online without the stress and saving much more money in the long run
Your choice but I disagree.

#40
gOOD oNE!8)

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