The Plastic Merchant Website Closed
The Plastic Merchant is a gift card reseller that a lot of people in the miles/points community did business with. Unfortunately after briefly bouncing checks a few times before, about a month and a half ago things went bad quickly.
You can catch up with all of the developments by reading these three posts:
- Are There Issues with The Plastic Merchant? Reports Are Not Looking Good!
- Gift Card Reselling Following The Plastic Merchant Debacle: Things to Know & How to Protect Yourself
- The Plastic Merchant (TPM) Update: Some Small Developments But No Good News
For about a month after everyone seemingly lost contact with the folks at The Plastic Merchant, the website continued to function normally. Even though no one had heard from them and several people had bounced checks, the website still allowed people to submit cards and work orders.
Then, about 10 days ago all of the capacity and abilities to submit orders was taken away. This was a good step since people who hadn’t heard about the situation could no longer submit cards they probably would never get paid for. At that time the submission was taken away but people’s account and records remained.
The Bill Isn’t Paid
Unfortunately that isn’t the case anymore. While the homepage is still up on their website, when you try to login to their back-end database, the following error occurs.
While I’m sure your account and sales records are still being stored by their vendor for now, my guess is you’ll never get access to your account again unless the bill is paid. And I don’t expect that to happen. Hopefully everyone out there kept their own records of sales, etc. and didn’t rely on their website.
At this point I guess we can pretty much assume The Plastic Merchant is gone. I haven’t heard any news regarding court filings for bankruptcy or legal investigations, although some have said they have filed complaints. We simply don’t know the entire truth, but hopefully it will come out at some point. For now, the site and its records are probably gone for good.