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FAQs About “Shopping for the Earth”

 

Q: What can I buy with these certificates?  Which stores accept them?  Do they ever expire?

A:  You can use EarthCash vouchers to buy any item except lottery tickets or money orders at any U.S. location for the stores listed below.  Vouchers cannot be redeemed for their full face value in cash.  The change and expiration date policies for each participating store are listed below.

 

Store

 

Change Policy

 

Voucher Expiration Date

 

Ann Arbor People’s Food Co-op

 

Up to $5 in cash; larger amounts refunded in the form of vouchers

 

None

 

Arbor Brewing (New!)

 

None; remaining balance noted on voucher


1 year after purchase

Arbor Farms No change given

 

1 year after purchase by HVG

 

Borders Books & Music

 

Gift Card stores remaining funds for future use

 

None (contact us if there’s a problem)

 

Busch’s

 

Up to $5 in cash; larger amounts refunded in the form of a checkout-printed voucher

 

None

 

Farmer Jack

 

Up to $5 in cash

 

None (not enforced)

 

Holiday Market (Royal Oak)

 

Unused voucher value refunded in the form of a store due bill

 

None

 

Hiller’s Markets

 

Up to $1 in cash; larger amounts refunded in the form of a checkout-printed voucher

 

None

 

Kroger

 

No limit on amount of change given in cash

 

None

 

Leopold Brothers Brewery

 

None; remaining balance noted on voucher

 

December 31 of next year

 

Meijer

 

Up to $5 in cash; larger amounts refunded in the form of vouchers

 

December 31 of next year

 

Whole Foods/Merchant of Vino

 

Gift Card stores remaining funds; deducts $2/ month if not used for 24 consecutive months

 

None

 

Q: Can non-members buy or use EarthCash vouchers?

A:  Absolutely!  In fact, we encourage you to tell your friends and neighbors about the program -- it's a chance for them to help improve their local environment, too.  And since EarthCash vouchers are transferable, you can give them to others as gifts.

 

Q:  Do members of the Ann Arbor People's Food Co-op still gain their Co-op membership benefit if they buy goods with EarthCash vouchers?  Do Whole Foods shoppers still get their Frequent Shopper bonus?

 

A: Yes!

 

Q:  Can the store replace EarthCash vouchers if they are lost, stolen, or defaced?

A:  Sorry, neither the stores nor HVG can replace vouchers after you purchase them.