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Month: December 2010 (Page 1 of 4)

What's up with all the Holiday Bonus Gift Card Deals?

Over the last few years, retailers have developed a new way to entice consumers to buy more gift cards by introducing bonus offers. A typical offer goes like this – buy a certain amount of gift cards and get free bonus gift cards. The image below is from a local Romano’s Macaroni Grill here in Maryland, offering a $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card. So, why are retailers offering these deals during the holiday season and why are they growing in popularity? There are several reasons:

First, it’s a win win situation for the buyer, receiver, and retailer. Buyers are enticed to buy gift cards because there is something in it for them. So, they can buy a gift card as a gift and then keep the bonus card for themselves. The retailers benefit because it provides them an opportunity for future sale.

Second, retailers have every incentive to push gift card sales during the holidays because it provides them a boast in sales in January, which is usually a slow month. Also, studies show that people who spend gift cards usually spend 20% more than the card value, so it makes business sense to spend advertising dollars on giving out bonus gift cards since there is a greater chance that money will be recouped when the card receiver uses the card.

Third, not all the bonus gift cards will be redeemed. This is because since they are listed as “Bonus Cards” instead of “Gift Cards”, they do not fall under the gift card rules under the CARD Act. So, these “Bonus Cards” have a limited period by which they must be redeemed before they expire. By putting restrictions on their usage, the probability that some of the cards expire before they are used is high, saving the retailers some money.

Regardless of your opinion on these Bonus Card deals, I think it is smart marketing and has been very effective, hence their growing popularity. Banner Design

Who Said Gift Cards Were Not Popular?

Over the last two years, gift card sales have either remained flat or dipped a bit, putting a slight dent in what has been a remarkable rise in their popularity over the last 7 years. However, gift card sales numbers for the 2010 holidays show that gift cards may be on the upswing again. According to this news report, despite the recession, gift cards remain the most popular present in 2010, which makes it four consecutive years that gift cards have been on top. The picture below from a local Walmart store here in Maryland proves the point.

There are several reasons for this – First, gift cards make great last minute gifts. Second, if you don’t know what to buy someone, you can give them a gift card, like prepaid gift cards, which allows them to shop anywhere the card issuer’s brand is accepted. So, for convenience, flexibility, and taking the guess work out of gift giving, gift cards will continue to be the most wanted gifts for sometime to come. Check out the Most Popular Gift Cards of 2010.

Sell Gift Cards – Compare Prices and Offers

For your unwanted gift card, the Giftcardrescue website will buyback your card – no questions asked, as long as the card is on our merchant list. But first, we show you how much you will get for the card. There are two options to choose from. You can get cash for your gift cards, and we pay up to 90% depending on how popular the card is. You can also get Amazon.com credit, which can be used to buy anything on Amazon.com. You can compare the cash and Amazon.com offer side by side to decide which one you want. We pay 5% more for the Amazon.com offers than the cash offer.

Unlike other websites that request that you mail your gift cards to them without knowing how much you are going to get, with Giftcardrescue.com, you know ahead of time what you are going to get before you mail in your gift card, so there are no surprises.

Discount Starbucks Gift Cards

If you are like me, going to Starbucks can get quite expensive really fast. GiftCardRescue.com provides you a way to save on your caffeine fix by purchasing discounted starbucks gift cards for up to 15% off. You can also sign up for our wish list to get email alerts every time a Starbucks gift card becomes available.

You can also sell gift cards you don’t want for extra cash. Click here to see how much your gift cards are worth. We guarantee all transactions.

Can you buy iTunes gift cards at Costco?

If you are a Costco member, you have probably seen discounted iTunes gift cards on sale. Turns out those days are over. Costco recently announced that they will no longer be selling iTunes gift cards and other Apple products.

If you would like to buy iTunes gift cards in person, your local Walmart  is your best bet. For a complete list of Gift Cards Sold At Walmart, click here.

Discount Gift Cards For Restaurants

According a survey by the National Retail Federation, gift cards are going to be the most popular gifts this holiday period, and it’s expected that a lot of those will be gift cards to restaurants. Restaurants like Outback Steakhouse, Denny’s are just a few of the more popular destinations for American diners, and people are always looking for ways to save money at these restaurants.

GiftCardRescue is an online destination for anyone who is looking to buy gift cards at discounted prices or sell gift cards they have no need for. The website always has a collection of discount gift cards for restaurants in stock. Even more interesting is the fact that gift cards on the site often sell for up to 30% off their face value!

Discount gift cards are always an additional way to save money and with the increase in number of gift cards traded yearly, it has become even more popular among shoppers. GiftCardRescue is currently buying and selling discount gift cards for restaurants. Have any gift cards you want to sell? Or are you looking to buy these discount gift cards? Visit GiftCardRescue today!

Gift Card Winners for September, October and November!

We are happy to announce the winners of our last three monthly gift card newsletter contests. The winners will each receive a $50 Visa gift card, courtesy of GiftCardRescue.com, the premier destination for gift cards online.

Today’s winners are as follows:

  • September- Ashley Flowers
  • October- Alexander Garcia
  • November- Amanda Grundstrom

To claim your visa gift card, please email us at customerservice[at]giftcardrescue.com.

As a change of pace, GiftCardRescue will no longer be giving away $50 Visa gift cards for the newsletter contest. Instead, one winner each month will receive a $100 shopping spree on GiftCardRescue.com. We would like to thank everyone who has participated and encourage those that have not done so to sign up for our newsletter, for a chance at the monthly prize.

Last Minute Gift Ideas: Gifts for Him

Finding the right gift for a member of the male species can sometimes be as difficult as open heart surgery. Common male responses to the question “What do you want for Christmas?” fall anywhere from “I dunno” to “Just get me something you think I’ll like” to “You don’t need to get me anything”. In some instances, waterboard interrogation wouldn’t draw a sufficient answer.

A good rule of thumb to follow when buying gifts for the men in your life is, if it involves speed, explosions or flashy gadgetry, chances are you’re on the right track. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Stock Car Ride Along: What man hasn’t dreamt of zooming around a race track in a million dollar horsepower machine. Now that dream is possible. With a stock car ride along, you get the opportunity to sit shotgun in a Sprint Cup type stock car, driven by a professional. This is a must have for those men with a need for speed.

Call of Duty: Black Ops: From the moment it hit shelves, the newest installment in the Call of Duty video game line has been a smash success. The cold war flavored shooter available in console or PC format is sure to be a hit gift this year. The only problem will be ungluing your gamer’s fingers from the controller. For an extra kick, pick up the Prestige Edition, complete with game inspired remote control car.

Round of Golf at TPC Sawgrass: Home of the Players Championship, the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass is every golfers dream round. Sawgrass is one of the most affordable tour quality courses that allows public play and located in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, makes for a great weekend getaway trip.

Blu Ray Player: Blu Ray has become a must have for the avid movie junkie. With Blu Ray player technology becoming more mainstream, prices are as affordable as ever, with recent pricing seen as low as $79 or less. Couple the disc player with a few new releases like Inception or The Town for a great gift bundle.

NFL Tickets: Professional football is a staple pastime for men all over the country. What better way to watch the game than to enjoy a Sunday afternoon at the stadium. With the NFL’s new ticket exchange, it is now easier than ever to find tickets for your favorite team.

GiftCardRescue.com offers discount gift cards to over 300 top retailers. With gift cards to stores such as NLF Shop, Bass Pro Shops, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, you can be sure to find the perfect gift card for the man in your life. For a full list of discount gift cards, please visit our Buy Gift Cards page.

GiftCardRescue.com – Complaints about Issues with Explorer 6

We’ve received a few complaints about people having issues accessing our site using Internet Explorer 6. This appears to have started earlier this week. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and are working to fix it.

We actually did a rigorous cross-browser testing before launching the re-designed site and are currently looking into why visitors are having issues accessing the site with that particular version of Internet Explorer. We hope to have the issue resolved by Monday night.

As always, we welcome any feedback/compliments about how the site is working. You can call us at 1-877-800-4413 or email us at customerservice@giftcardrescue.com.

Where to Purchase Gift Cards at a Discount

In today’s difficult economic times, saving money is a priority for many. Did you know you can buy gift cards to your favorite store at a discount? Yes – GiftCardRescue.com sells discounted gift cards to over 300 popular brands for up to 30% off.

Here are some of the most popular deals on GiftCardRescue.com right now:

Bath & Body Works Gift Cards – 15% Off

Chico’s Gift Cards – 15% Off

Morton’s Steak House Gift Cards – 15% off

Pottery Barn Gift Cards – 12% Off

See the entire list of discount gift cards.

GiftCardRescue.com backs all transactions with a 100% money back guarantee. But don’t take our word for it, visit the Media Page and see why the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Smart Money, Forbes, CNBC and other national publications have all recommended GiftCardRescue.com as the place to buy discounted gift cards.

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