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Month: November 2011

Red Star Gift Card Scam

Recently, RedStarWorldWear.com  launched a conflictual marketing stunt, where the company sends “Free $500 Gift Cards” to consumers via snail mail. The catch is a 9% of sale shipping and handling fee which tags along. Consumers are responding with mixed feedback regarding this ploy along with some confusion.

Is this card too good to be true? What REAL benefit does it hold? Should I toss it? We’ve analyzed the pros and cons, based on consumer feedback, in order to assist your decision on how you might use this Red Star gift card.

The Cons

Public response has shown that many consider the potentially decisive means of advertising this shipping cost is a characteristic of poor business morality.

Others are quick to point out a more complex scheme. Customers have stated that the merchandise is of poor quality and inflated prices which in turn may result in shipping and handling fees costing the consumer more in the long run.

It is important to note that the cards following the initial launch carried print stating “Free Gift Card” but the company has since removed these words from their mail-outs.

The Pros

Many others report that they have used the card and the site without problem or concern. A number of individuals actually, business owners included, rebutted to these SCAM cries saying that this is simply clever marketing. Not only did it stir viral conversation, but many consumers are actually content with the 9% charge.

Feedback seems to be based on discrete review. Basically, those who enjoyed the product, enjoyed the promotion.

Top 20 Most Wanted Gift Cards 2011

Today we are happy to release our fourth annual list of the Top 20 Most Wanted Gift Cards for 2011. Wal-Mart gift cards remain unchanged as the most popular gift card, followed by Amazon.com and Target. Consumers love the ease of use and extensive product selection that is available from these merchants.

Some of the biggest changes for this year’s list compared to the Top 20 Gift Cards for 2010 are; Kohl’s entered the top 20 for the first time, demand decreased for gas gift cards, and McDonald’s made its debut in the top 10. The list serves as an excellent resource for those looking to buy a gift card this holiday season, but are unsure of what merchant to purchase.

 The data for top 20 gift cards was compiled by using over 12,000 gift card wish lists that were created by GiftCardRescue.com customers. GiftCardRescue.com users create wish lists of merchant gift cards they would like to purchase and are sent email alerts when a card they want becomes available at a discount. GiftCardRescue.com is the leading website for gift card exchange where consumers purchased over $4 million worth of discount gift cards in 2011 and saved an average of 15% to merchants like Best Buy, Home Depot, JC Penney and Macy’s.

Gift Card Holders – Why they are Nice

It does not matter if you are planning on giving gift cards for a wedding, a birthday or a graduation, these gift card holders should also included in the things that you have to consider. This will make your present more presentable and more unique. Here is an easy explanation oh gift card holders-why they are nice.

 Reasons Why Gift Card Holders are Nice

This gift card holder by Basicgrey is very creative

  • It will help you put more personal touch to your gift even though what you are giving are just gift cards. It will show the receiver of the gift card that you were able to think of something to make the present unique and special for them. The only reason why some people think that giving gift cards are very impersonal is because the way it was presented is not that impressive.
  • You can still incorporate the element of surprise on your gift. Most people want to be surprised when receiving gifts from other people. Take for example, giving out a Camcorder to someone. Even though there is already a box for the camcorder, you would still want to wrap it in a beautiful wrapper to thrill the person receiving the gift. That goes with gift cards as well. Though the gift card is already personalized, it would still be better if you get a gift card holder to make it more personal and attractive.

When you choose a gift card holder, it is essential that you choose something that it is associated and would fit the occasion. Due to the fact that gift card holders are common nowadays, there are many ways for you to look for the packaging for your gift card that fits the occasion. You can also opt to make your own gift card holder and customize it yourself so you can maintain the element of surprise.

If you are not that creative, you can seek help from a friend or a family member so you can still include yourself in the process. You just have to give your best to make sure that the person who will receive it will have a smile on his or her face after receiving the gift from you. This will assure you that your gift will be remembered and treasured for life.

Gift cards are going to be one of the most popular items this holiday season, make sure you check out Free Gift Card Week where you can find a gift card for them and a bonus for you!

Halloween Photo Contest Winners

Due to an overwhelming response we have decided to give away two $25 Prepaid Visa Cards instead of just one for our Halloween Photo Contest. Thanks to everyone who uploaded pictures to our Facebook Page. We really enjoyed seeing what our customers did to celebrate Halloween this year.

Our first winner – Laura Wicks

Captain America!

 Our second winner – Destiny Deadwylier

Scary!

To claim your prize please send an email with the subject Halloween Contest to customerservice@giftcardrescue.com using your Facebook email address. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Gift Cards Sold at Walmart

Walmart sells a wide variety of gift cards at their stores [Walmart Locator]. This makes it very convenient to pick up a last minute gift for any occasion, especially if you are in a hurry. With the wide variety of gift cards to your favorite restaurants, retailers, and entertainment venues, Walmart makes it easy to find what you need at an affordable price. You may also be interested in seeing the Gift Cards Sold at Safeway.

Gift Cards Available at Walmart

  • AMC Theatres
  • American Express
  • Apple iTunes
  • Applebee’s
  • Brinker Restaurants (Chili’s, Maggiano’s, Macaroni Grill, On the Border)
  • Club Penguin
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze)
  • Facebook
  • Farmville
  • MasterCard
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Regal Cinemas
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Vanilla Visa
  • Walmart
  • Zynga

Halloween Photo Contest – Win a $25 Visa Gift Card

Enter the Halloween Photo Contest sponsored by GiftCardRescue.com, the leading website for gift card exchange. We want to see your best Halloween costume this year and are giving you a chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card.

To enter the contest:

  • Pick one of your best Halloween pictures
  • Upload the picture to the GiftCardRescue.com Facebook wall
  • Tell your friends and family to comment and like the picture
  • The winner will be announced Monday 11/7/2011 and contacted through Facebook.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your pictures!

 

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