One question that has come up a few times when people talk about Vanilla Reloads (and other reloadable cards) is what, other than manufacturing spend, those cards are actually supposed to be used for. This week’s issue of the New Yorker offers an explanation in an article about corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center:
Inmates paid for drugs and other contraband by texting fourteen-digit numbers to load money onto Green Dot MoneyPak cards belonging to Black Guerrilla Family members inside and outside the facility. Gang leaders, in turn, used the Green Dot cards to pay their suppliers and enjoy their profits. White bought a BMW and a Mercedes-Benz while he was an inmate.
So there you have it – reloadables are useful for mile hoarders and prisoners buying drugs.