Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What to Do if You Receive Gift Cards You Can't Use

Disclaimer:  I received a gift card for review purposes.  The opinions below are my own.

I generally love receiving gift cards as presents.  We have such a tight budget that it's fun to get a gift card and go splurge on something I really want.  I haven't ever received a gift card I didn't want, however, there have been a few occasions where Paul and I have received gift cards for stores or restaurants that we don't have locally.  Sadly, these gift cards went unused (it was before the laws where gift cards couldn't be docked after a year). 

Now, there is a great resource if you receive a gift card you just can't use (or don't want to).  GiftCardRescue.com is an easy way to find discounted gift cards (save 4% - 35%) or sell gift cards you don't want (for up to 90% cash back).  The website guarantees all transactions and is backed by solid customer service. 


You can also find GiftCardRescue on Facebook and Twitter.  As for me, next time I get a gift card for a store that isn't online and isn't local, I'm swapping it out for a Starbucks gift card - my favorite! 

Readers, where would you most like a gift card from this year? 

25 comments:

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh I do hope that works in Canada I have a couple of gift cards I cannot use here. Thanks for the tip Lisa. Hug B

A Quiet Corner said...

Baby Girl, their coffee is so strong, don't you think???? I only stopped at one when driving the VA-CT or to/from FL...:)JP

M.E. Masterson said...

Love SB....great idea bout the cards..

Nancy Claeys said...

I've asked for Amazon gift cards this year -- I buy alot of books there. :)

Tiggeriffic said...

I love srarbucks mugs. I drank their tea. Good idea with unwanted gift cards.

Tiggeriffic said...

I love starbucks tea. I love their mugs.thanks for the good idea for unwanted giftt cards.

Tiggeriffic said...

I love srarbucks mugs. I drank their tea. Good idea with unwanted gift cards.

Out on the prairie said...

Make mine Bass Pro or Cabelas

Willow said...

LL Bean :)

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for passing this along.

Sandra Morris said...

hmmm, I like gift cards from Amazon for Kindle books :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

That's a really good idea! My mother in law usually gets me a Target gift card each year and I always look forward to doing a little fun shopping :)

Sally said...

Good information!

Actually, I bought a gift card for someone this year, and then found something I thought would be more personal. Now, I get to use it myself! :)

Gail Dixon said...

This is great to know about! Thank you. Although I've never received a gift card I didn't like or couldn't use. Sometimes if I don't particularly like the store, I give it to someone else who might find it useful.

Ginny said...

This is totally cool! So far, I have not gotten a card we cannot use, but now I will keep this in mind!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Thanks for the tip! I love Barnes & Noble gift cards. I use them to buy books for my Nook. Amazon cards are good, too.

Harry Flashman said...

If I get a gift card, I send it to my kids in Cincinnati. My mom sends them to me, but I don't tell her I send them on. She sends me cards she gets in Sacramento for stores that don't exist in Georgia.

Laura Lee said...

Thank you for sharing that, I had no idea!

When that happens around here, they are usually re-gifted :)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

We go online and order customized Visa gift cards. You can even have their name put on it, a short greeting AND, you can upload any photo you want on the Visa card.

This service to rescue a gift card is a fabulous idea though and I'll bet a lot of people will use it too!

Lady Lilith said...

Nice. I also love getting gift cards. I usually do not get them though but it is nice to know that if there is one that I cannot use, at least it is not waisted. Thank you for the idea.

alissa apel said...

This is great! I just won one, and thought I could use it online. NOPE! I'll have to look to see about this.

LONDONLULU said...

I face this each year and this is a great solution, Lisa!

Linda said...

Amazon or Outback!
One year we got a gift card for an online store that wouldn't let us finish checking out. It was so frustrating! (Maybe the folks that designed it went on to work on the healthcare site, LOL!)

mail4rosey said...

Such a great (and useful) concept!

Barbara said...

Oh wow, what a great idea!