It seems like they're moving the cards that have to be activated by the POS terminal into the electronics area in a few Fred Meyer locations. Anyone know if these still work with the video game accessories or $30 off $150 coupons, or are they viewed as gift cards and excluded?
Oh come on ... I already put that question in the FAQ!!!
While you may find Xbox, Playstation, and other gaming-related gift-cards nearby on the "Gift Card Mall" kiosk in the Home or Grocery departments, only the shelf-hanging tags on the Game Accessories rack within the Home Electronics dept. are considered "accessories". Here are examples what the shelf-hanging tags look like ... ... remember these are amongst the Game Accessories (like gamepads & headphones), and NOT the Gift Card Mall kiosk or end-cap!
I'm having a hard time believing they'll be gone for good, since the pre-activated cards come straight from Microsoft & Sony, whereas the POS-activated GC's (stocked at the "Gift Card Mall" kiosk) go through a middle-man (Fastcard). I'm assuming that FM/Kroger's commission on the Fastcard GC's is down around 15% (just like Safeway's occasional "15% off" sales on iTunes GC's) ... while the commission for pre-activated cards (direct from the OEM's) is about the same as physical merchandise & our typical double-stacked VGA's @ 25-30%.
Even if they try sticking with POS-activated GC's for awhile, sooner or later they'll come back to the pre-activated cards. I think it's more likely that Microsoft is re-branding the XBOX cards, and wants retailers to bleed out their inventory in time for E3, since OEM returns are costly to both retailers & Microsoft. Also the POS-activated GC's (in that half of the store) are incurred as income for the Home dept, and not the Electronics dept, which is why that end-cap / kiosk is physically located outside the dept (except for a few exceptions like iTunes or Nintendo).
Sadly I didn't visit any FM's during this sale, but on your next visit, check to see if they still have $25/$50 shelf tags for Xbox & PSN pre-activated cards (stocked with dummy cards), because only when they're discontinued will the tags be pulled.