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Month: February 2009

Fortunoff going out of business – Will not honor gift cards

Fortunoff, a New York-based luxury goods store, filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month, citing the worsening economy for its woes. Fortunoff now joins a growing list of retailers that have filed for bankruptcy in the last year.

The company has also suspended the redemption of all gift cards and store credits. According to a spokeperson for the company, gift card holders will have to get in line like any other creditor and file a claim against the company’s assets with the bankruptcy court.

However, according to this story by Bloomberg, the company is still in negotiations with would-be liquidators to honor gift cards until March 8th.

Stay tuned for more on this.

Update – 2/27/2009:

According to this story,  consumers have until March 8 to redeem Fortunoff gift cards. So, if you currently have a Fortunoff gift card, NOW is the time to use it or lose it. 

Gift Card Balance Check Site Coming Soon

Finally, there is a website with gift card balance information in one place. In the coming week, our sister site, will launch a website ( with information on how to check your gift card balance. The site will provide phone numbers and URLs on major national and regional merchants, thus making it easy to check your gift card balance. If you own multiple gift cards, this site will be a one-stop-shop for checking the balances on all your cards. While the site will not be exhaustive, it will provide information on the most popular merchants (both national and regional) that issue gift cards. It will also help customers of verify the value on their gift cards before they sell or exchange the cards.

Check back in a week for the formal launch of the website and how it works.

Visa Gift Card Balance

The Visa Prepaid Gift Card is the most popular prepaid card. The Reloadable Prepaid Cards can be used to shop online, pay bills, get cash at ATMs, and make purchases anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. If you would like to check the balance on your Visa gift card, see below.

One of the most frequently asked questions on Yahoo Answers is how to check the balance on a visa gift card. The short answer is that it depends on who issued the gift card. The easy way is to look at the back of the gift card for information on how to check your gift card balance.

The visa gift card is issued by many banks and entities so you will have to follow instructions provided by the card issuer on how to check your balance. Below is information on how to check the balance on the three most popular visa gift cards: The Vanilla visa card, the Simon visa card, and Gift Card Mall visa card.

Gift Card Mall Visa Gift Card

You can check your gift card balance online at or call 1-866-397-9763.

Vanilla Visa Gift Card

You can check your gift card balance online for free at or call customer service at 1-800-571-1376.

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Gift Card Trade – Trade Electronics for Gift Cards

Electronics for gift card trade – that is the program Dell, Inc is offering. According to this story, Dell is starting a program called Dell Exchange, which will allow consumers to trade in their old electronics for a Dell gift card, which can be used to purchase new stuff from Dell. The program is available to U.S. customers.

Here is how it works: Go to, choose the product you would like to trade in and provide details about the item. Dell will then give you an instant quote for how much you can trade the item for. If you decide to accept the quote, you will then have to print a free shipping label to mail the item. Dell will then mail you your gift card in about 2 to 3 weeks after the item is received and is accepted at the trade-in center.



Discount Gift Cards for the week – 10% off Pizza Hut Gift Cards

Want to buy discounted gift cards? Tired of paying full price for gift cards? Our sister site, currently has a limited supply of Pizza Hut gift cards for 10% off. You can get a $50 Pizza Hut gift card for $45.

What this means is that before you even buy your pizza, you are already getting 10% off. On top of this, you can increase your savings by getting one of those ubiquitous Pizza Hut coupons for your next order and your total savings become even bigger. 

To learn more about how to buy discount gift cards from, click here

Gift Ideas – Valentine’s Day Gift Cards

Gift ideas for Valentine’s Day can be daunting. As the day fast approaches, if you are still unsure about what to get that special someone, then it’s time to try something new. Even if you have already picked out a gift, adding a nicely packaged gift card will complement your gift immensely. Here are some ideas for Valentine’s Day Gift Cards:

Beauty & Spa Gift Cards: Treat her to a gift card for a local spa. Make sure you do some research about the spa to ensure that you are sending her to a spa that will treat her to a wonderful, relaxing experience. If you are unsure, get her a SpaFinder gift card, which are accepted at over 4000 participating spas. That way, she can choose which spa to go to. Another option is to get a gift card to a beauty products store like MAC Cosmetics, Sephora, The Body Shop or Bath & Body Works.

Books & Music Gift Cards: If your special someone likes to read, then a gift card to a local bookstore, Barnes & Noble or Borders would be a nice gift. Barnes & Noble gift cards are also redeemable at any B. Dalton Booksellers while Borders gift cards can also be used at Waldenbooks and Brentano’s stores.

Alternatively, you can go tech by getting her an Apple gift card for an iPod. If the person already has an iPod or iPhone, then an iTunes gift card would be appropriate. ITunes gift cards can be used to buy music, games, TV Shows, Podcasts and Movies at the iTunes Store.

Shopping Gift Cards: If on the other hand, the person would rather be shopping, then you have a wide range of stores to choose from, starting from specialty stores like Ann Taylor, Barneys New York, Express, Bebe, Burberry, or department stores like Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Nordstrom or Bloomingdale’s.

As mentioned earlier, packaging your gift card is very important. You want to show that some thought went into picking out the gift card. You also want to maintain the element of surprise, even with gift cards. Some great gift card packaging ideas include a tin box, cardboard box, paper pouches, greeting cards and stuffed animals.

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