Finding The Best Discount Gift Cards

Gift Cards have been the most in-demand gift items for the past two years and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon. Everyone loves to receive gift cards! be it for birthdays, anniversary, Christmas etc, it makes the perfect present since most people have no idea what exactly other people would like, what size or color and so many other factors. The recipient gets to decide what he/she wants and at their leisure can buy whatever they want, whenever, even being able to take advantage of department store sales and discounts. Even more interesting is being able to buy these gift cards and discounted prices! much lower than their face value.

Discount gift cards are sold (albeit very rarely) at department stores, but your best chance of buying gift cards at prices lower than their face value is on sites like GiftCardRescue. They are also great gifts for children in order for parents to watch where they are spending their money, or to prevent them from indulging in negative activities.

Some gift cards happen to be prepaid cards where the buyer gets charged a small activation fee. Keep an eye out to make sure you know exactly all the fees and restrictions attached to the card. Also pay attention to all the CARD Act provisions.

An advantage of using discount gift cards is that you never have to worry about being overdrawn. Sticking to gift cards that give you the ability to check your balance whenever you want to is also very important. With gift cards, you have a specific amount of money and once you use it up, that’s the ened of it.

The most popular gift cards, other than the big department stores – Wal-Mart and Target – are VISA, MasterCard and American Express. These cards are accepted in most stores unlike the more specific cards to individual stores, so gift card buyers are encouraged to purchase these type of cards.

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eBay Hates Gift Cards

eBay is one of the most popular sites to buy and sell pretty much anything. However, if you’re attempting to sell a gift card, better look somewhere else. eBay has some pretty strict rules regulating the selling of gift cards, here’s a quick overview:

Why does eBay have this policy?

In the secondary gift card market, there is a large potential for fraud.  People often try to take advantage of this by using sites like eBay.  At GiftCardRescue we have put in place several measures’s to deter fraud to ensure the best consumer experience possible. If you’re looking to buy or sell bulk gift cards, its best to stick with the pros.

Here is eBay’s explanation:

“We understand that you may have gift cards that you can’t use or would like to sell. The restrictions on the value and the frequency of gift card listings are in place to promote a safer and more satisfying experience on eBay.”

Source.

While you can sell gift cards on eBay, the number of cards, amount, and frequency is highly regulated and restricted.

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Send Electronic Gift Cards with GiftRocket

GiftRocket, a y-combinator startup that launched this month looks to revolutionize the online gift cards space. With GiftRocket you are sending an electronic gift card to someone’s smart phone that they can use wherever they like. The virtual gift card can be used at any location, because GiftRocket relies solely on a phone’s GPS . At this time they do not have deals with any merchants or retailers, which could lead to potential legal problems in the future. However, GiftRocket has high expectations as their product completely cuts out the traditional gift card payment processors like First Data or Valutec.

The model is somewhat confusing, so I will attempt to explain it as best as possible in the space below.

How Does GiftRocket Work?

  • You send a $50 GiftRocket for Fancy Seafood to Alex for his anniversary.
  • When Alex and Courtney arrive at Fancy Seafood, he opens the GiftRocket link and clicks redeem.
  • GiftRocket will then deposit $50 into Alex’s paypal account.

They do a better job of explaining it on their website with a cool monkey infographic.

The question I’m left asking is, “Who would really want to do this?” The gift rocket process seems like an overly complicated paypal transfer. When Alex goes to redeem the GiftRocket, he still has to spend the money to cover the bill. One of the things people enjoy the most about gift cards is that when you do go to redeem them, that amount is deducted from your total bill. You’re eliminating one of the main benefits from gift card redemption when you have to pay the full amount. I understand that you are refunded through paypal, but to transfer that money back into your checking account will cost you 2.9% of the balance + 30 cents in fees [source].

If Alex doesn’t want to buy anything at the restaurant, he doesn’t have to. A simple click of redeem on the GiftRocket link will result in the full balance being deposited into his or her paypal account. This is because GiftRocket isn’t associated with the merchant in any way. So in actuality, you do not have to redeem anything in order to transfer the paypal funds into your account. If there is one thing that I have learned from my experience in dealing with gift card exchange is that cash is king. People almost always prefer having cash over a regular gift card.

As a startup we exist to solve a problem. GiftRocket looks to solve the distribution for the traditional gift card, but they have created product that you actually do not need to redeem. The merchant does not benefit from the use of the card, while GiftRocket and Paypal collect money off of the transaction fees. Developing the application around the smartphone market makes a lot of sense, but to me the incentive to buy and use GiftRockets just isn’t there. Spending money only to be reimbursed later seems to completely dismiss the whole purpose of a gift card. It will be interesting to see how the company evolves as they are y-combinator backed so we can all expect to see exciting things from them in the future.

Response from GiftRocket Co-Founder Nicholas Baum who thanked us for covering his company.

A few clarifications:

1) Transferring from PayPal to checking is free. The source quotes irrelevant rates.

2) GiftRocket is great for merchants. We drive foot traffic and sales. See http://www.giftrocket.com/gift-card-program

3) GiftRocket doesn’t deduct from your bill. But that means you’re free to spend as much as you like. You’ll never forget or lose your GiftRocket. You don’t need to carry another card. And maybe most importantly, you won’t ever be stuck with store credit at a business you don’t like.

4) GiftRocket solves real problems. Try buying a gift card for a small business for your friend across the country. It’ll be either impossible or inconvenient. GiftRocket works, and it only takes a minute.

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GiftCardRescue Has Added New Merchants!

GiftCardRescue.com is the premiere website for buying discounted gift cards and selling your unwanted gift cards for cash. Now, we’ve added even more merchants to our list! Our new merchants include:

  • Harbor Freight and Tool
  • Tiffany’s
  • Subway
  • Advance Auto Parts
  • Auto Zone

With the popularity of gift cards continuing to grow, so does our merchant list. We now offer the ability to sell gift cards from over 400 merchants! Popular gift cards fly off the site, so if you’re interested in buying discounted gift cards be sure to add them to your wish list. Every time a gift card from your wish list is added to the website you will be notified via email for fist pickings.

Why sell gift cards?

Americans leave over 6 billion dollars a year in unused gift cards sitting in their sock drawers. Don’t be a statistic! Put those unwanted gift cards to good use by redeeming them for cash. In this rough economy it’s important to capitalize on every opportunity for extra income. Selling gift cards that are sitting around collecting dust is great way to get some bills paid.

Save Money on Everyday Purchases with Discounted Gift Cards

Discounted gift cards + coupons = BIG SAVINGS

A great way to stretch every penny is to use discounted gift cards and store coupons. Purchasing discounted gift cards before you shop is basically like purchasing discounted money. You’re getting $50, for the price of 40! Add that to any sales or coupons from the merchant and your practically paying yourself to shop.

Do you love leaving a 17% tip when you go out to eat? Purchase a discounted McCormick and Schmitt gift card at 17% off and your tip becomes free!

There are plenty of ways to beat the heat of the current economic environment; Gift Card Rescue makes it safe, easy, and convenient. Check out how these people saved thousands of dollars on every day purchases using discounted gift cards from GiftCardRescue.com

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ICardGiftCard.com Review

iCardGiftCard.com is a provider of electronic gift cards and online gift cards. There are a few advantages to using this service if you need to purchase a gift card quickly. The gift cards at iCardGiftCard are sent electronically through email, so the user can either redeem the card online or print it out and use it at the store. It is a common misconception that electronic gift cards can only be used online and not in-store. However, many of them can be used just like normal plastic cards.

Another great feature of the iCard website is that the electronic gift cards are customizable. You can add your own pictures and text to the card, making it more personal than a regular gift card.This is perfect for occasions especially weddings, birthdays, where you can add an image of a special memory that you have shared. As a last minute gift, it will be hard to find something else that matches this level of personal touch. They have a ton of different patterns that you can choose from when looking to email your gift card.

What Gift Card Merchants does iCard offer?

The iCardGiftCard.com electronic program offers any of the merchants currently signed up with iCardSystems.

This includes:

  • Macy’s
  • Applebee’s
  • Olive Garden
  • J. Crew
  • Old Navy
  • and many more

Customer Feedback

Customers over the web have been complaining about the lack of service that they are getting from iCardGiftCards. One customer on CoolComputing said,

Impossible to contact company. Their rquirement that I submit a notarized affidavit via FAX ONLY because they failed to send–or I didn’t receive $75 merchant card by US Mail is unreasonable.
The contact called back and said the have NO RECORD OF THE MERCHANT CARDS SHE ALLEGES WERE SENT ON JAN 11, 2011 AND THAT I MUST PAY TO HAVE AN AFFIDAVIT NOTARIZED AND RETURNED.
NO phone numbers listed; the “Sales Phone number” is answered by a recording that takes no calls only “messages”. 45 day limit expires today.

There is also another negative review on ResellerRatings.com as well.

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ICardGiftCard.com Review

iCardGiftCard.com is a provider of electronic gift cards and online gift cards. There are a few advantages to using this service if you need to purchase a gift card quickly. The gift cards at iCardGiftCard are sent electronically through email, so the user can either redeem the card online or print it out and use it at the store. It is a common misconception that electronic gift cards can only be used online and not in-store. However, many of them can be used just like normal plastic cards.

Another great feature of the iCard website is that the electronic gift cards are customizable. You can add your own pictures and text to the card, making it more personal than a regular gift card.This is perfect for occasions especially weddings, birthdays, where you can add an image of a special memory that you have shared. As a last minute gift, it will be hard to find something else that matches this level of personal touch. They have a ton of different patterns that you can choose from when looking to email your gift card.

What Gift Card Merchants does iCard offer?

The iCardGiftCard.com electronic program offers any of the merchants currently signed up with iCardSystems.

This includes:

  • Macy’s
  • Applebee’s
  • Olive Garden
  • J. Crew
  • Old Navy
  • and many more

Customer Feedback

Customers over the web have been complaining about the lack of service that they are getting from iCardGiftCards. One customer on CoolComputing said,

Impossible to contact company. Their rquirement that I submit a notarized affidavit via FAX ONLY because they failed to send–or I didn’t receive $75 merchant card by US Mail is unreasonable.
The contact called back and said the have NO RECORD OF THE MERCHANT CARDS SHE ALLEGES WERE SENT ON JAN 11, 2011 AND THAT I MUST PAY TO HAVE AN AFFIDAVIT NOTARIZED AND RETURNED.
NO phone numbers listed; the “Sales Phone number” is answered by a recording that takes no calls only “messages”. 45 day limit expires today.

There is also another negative review on ResellerRatings.com as well.

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5 Ways to Save With Gift Cards

Regardless of how much money you make or what part of the country you live in, it’s almost impossible to say you have not felt the impact of the economic turmoil we’ve all been facing over the past 5 years. People are working desperately hard to keep their homes, get out of credit card debt and lead a balanced life. One of the biggest financial concerns for most Americans is the credit card debts they carry, it’s not going anywhere.

Many people are starting to look for ways to curb their spending and save more money without drastically impacting their lifestyle. Using discount gift cards is a great way to do this. Gift cards gained some additional respect in March, when the Federal Reserve passed new laws to protect consumer spending using them. With these new protections, gift cards can be a good option for those looking to stretch their budgets.

  1. Cash in coins and redeem in gift cards. Some coin redemption machines, like those at grocery stores or banks, let you exchange your coins for gift cards. Some even offer a bonus for choosing a gift card instead of a cash voucher. Once you get the gift card, make sure to stick to the value on the card when spending and keep your cash away.
  2. Stick to your budget. Gift Cards can be a way to dedicate spending categories, similar to the “envelope” method of budgeting. For example, buy gift cards in the amount on your weekly grocery budget. The money will be gone from your bank account, eliminating the temptation to spend it on something else and possibly rely on credit cards at the checkout. You will stick to your budget and avoid adding debt. Most stores allow shoppers to “reload” gift cards anyway.
  3. Reach a goal. Some people purchase gift cards for themselves to keep their spending focus on track. For instance, if you want to lose weight, you might purchase gift cards to restaurants where you can get healthy lunches instead of hitting the fast food place. Again, because you have already allocated your spending, you are most likely to stick with your plans.
  4. Redeem rewards points for gifts. If you find yourself in some debt, you might have some rewards ‘points’. Converting these points into gift cards to give someone or to spend on yourself can keep you from reaching into your bank account. Log into your credit card rewards website to find out if you can convert rewards into cash or gift cards. Some credit card companies will double the value of your rewards at specific retailers.
  5. Save for a cause. If you know you want to complete a home improvement project in two months, you can estimate how much you would need to save every week. But if it is difficult for you to stick to your goal, instead buy gift cards to the home improvement store in the amount of the weekly savings. Again, you will avoid spending your money elsewhere – and at the end of the allocated time, will have enough funds on gift cards to complete your project without debt.
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USPS To Start Selling Prepaid Gift Cards in June

prepaid gift cards at post office

It’s official. The US Postal Service will start selling pre-paid gift cards starting in June 2011 at about 2,000 locations. They will only sell “open loop” gift cards issued by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. These cards can be used anywhere the issuer’s cards are accepted. We originally blogged about this back in January 2011 and it’s exciting to see it come to fruition.

Cards will be issued in $25 and $50 denominations and will carry a purchase fee of $4.95. There will also be an option to by cards with variable amounts between $26 and $100 and those come with a fee of $5.95. All cards will have to be purchased at a counter from a clerk.

So, the next time you have a need to send a last minute gift, just to a participating post office, buy a prepaid gift card and mail it right there. How’s that for one stop shopping and mailing?

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GiftCardRescue To Launch Revolutionary Mobile Application

Instant Gift Card Redemption Phone Application by GiftCardRescue

GiftCardRescue is releasing a new mobile application in a few weeks that lets you cash in on that gift card in minutes with your smart phone. With this application, customers can simply take a picture of the back of their gift cards, get the card processed and receive money in minutes. The app will be free and launch in both the Android and Apple stores first. This application links to the user’s account. The application captures the image on the back of the gift card and records the card number through the barcode, remits it to GiftCardRescue’s database where it gets processed within minutes and the money is immediately sent to the seller.

Keep an eye out for this app in the Android and Apple app stores. Change the way you sell your gift cards with GiftCardRescue.

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Discount McDonald’s Gift Cards – 10% Off and More

discount mcdonalds gift cards

Here is a way to save money and indulge in a guilty pleasure. GiftCardRescue has McDonald’s gift cards at 10% off while supplies last. You know you’ve been craving a Bic Mac or McCafe. Click here to buy one. You can also see our entire list of restaurant gift cards here.

To Buy Gift Cards to your favorite stores, up to 30% off, see our complete list. You can also get gift card codes emailed to you if you prefer to shop online. Contact GiftCardRescue.com’s customer service for details.

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