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Whole Foods Gift Card Balance Check & Review

Built On Standards

Whole Foods is the world leader in natural and organic foods with over 310 stores in North America alone. A company based on strict standards, Whole Foods a model for grocery stores everywhere. Whole Foods attributes their success based on a mission to provide “food in its purest state — unadulterated by artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings and preservatives — is the best tasting and most nutritious food there is.” (Directly from their website).

Aside from their product standards, Whole Foods is polished all around. I came to this conclusion when I visited the gift card page on their website where I became thoroughly impressed with the layout, available options, and general ease of navigation.

Gift Card Review

Whole Foods offers an array of options when it comes to their gift certificates. The first option consumers have is between physical cards and a mobile/email card. Yes, I said mobile. WF gives you the opportunity to send a gift via SMS.

Physical:

  • Eight choices of gift card images for birthdays and celebrations
  • Amounts: $20-$500
  • Optional personalized message
  • Free ground shipping

Email/Mobile:

  • Recipient receives card instantly
  • Option to print OR display certificate on smartphone for use (WOW!)
  • Amounts: $20-$500
  • Optional personalized message

Whole Foods gift cards also have the ability to be reloaded. They offer a one time reload online where you can deposit funds directly from your bank account onto the card up to $500.  Also offered is a gift card account feature which provides customers the chance to manage the gift card. If you sign up for an account you can set up auto reloads based on a schedule or a minimum balance as well as view transaction history and gift card balance.

Check Your Balance

To no surprise, Whole Foods makes it very seamless and easy to check your cards balance. You can do any one of the following:

  • Call customer service at 866.833.5591
  • Register for a gift card account. (Suggested method)
  • Visit the website here. On the bottom right side of the page you will be asked for the gift card number. Plug it in and click “Check Balance”.

 

Whole Food Gift Card FAQ’S

Q. Is there an additional cost for gift cards bought online?

A. No. There is no additional cost for gift cards bought online. Also no activation, service or inactivity fees.

Q. Do you charge a service fee? Does my card expire?

A. No,  their cards never expire and we have never assessed a service fee to use our gift cards or for inactivity. Some of their older cards have some verbiage about a $2/fee, but this was never enacted, and will not be in the future.

Q. What happens if my gift card has been lost in the mail?

A. Please be sure that you allow enough time for the card to be processed and shipped. After that time, please call the helpline at (866)833-5591 or email wholefoods@vcdelivery.com so we can track your card.

Q. Can I resell my Whole Foods Market gift card?

A. Unfortunately you cannot sell gift card or exchange gift card. Whole Foods market only permits resale of gift cards through our non-profit fundraising program.

Q. If a gift card is lost or stolen, can it be replaced?

A. Gift cards cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Gift cards should be treated like cash. For this reason, Whole Foods advises you to choose UPS for your shipping method as it is more secure. Under certain circumstances and if the card has not been redeemed, WF may be able to reissue a card if you have your gift card number and proof of purchase.

Choices to Make When Buying Gift Cards

The National Retail Federation pointed out that 80% of all consumers will buy a gift card this holiday season. It’s important that when buying a gift card for someone that you know more about the card, terms and conditions and what merchants are the most popular. You want to make sure that the gift card that you buy ends up being used and does not end up on a gift card exchange website.

Open Loop vs Closed Loop

An open loop gift card comes with very few restrictions and can be used universally at almost any merchant. Common open-loop gift cards include; Visa Gift Cards, AMEX Gift Cards, and Prepaid Debit Cards. It is important to note that open loop gift cards will often come with fees and charges that are not found with closed loop gift cards. The most popular option for open loop gift cards is probably the Vanilla Visa gift card.

Prepaid Visa Cards Are the #1 Open Loop Cards

Closed loop gift cards are restricted for use at the merchant that they were purchased for. For example a McDonald’s gift card can only be used at McDonald’s locations and nowhere else. Some closed loop gift cards have multiple uses and can be used at all of a corporations different brands. The Gap Gift Card can be used at Old Navy, Banana Republic and Piperlime. While the Olive Garden gift card can also be used at Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze, LongHorn Steakhouse and the Capital Grille.

Top Rated Gift Cards

It’s important when buying a gift card that you choose one that is easy to be redeemed, comes with a variety of options and does not expire. The most popular gift cards for 2011 were Walmart, Amazon.com and Target. Picking any of these gift cards will definitely leave the recipient happy because they can spend the balance on almost anything.

If you choose a gift card on this list, then you are almost guaranteed to make that persons day. We also like to recommend gift cards like Starbucks, McDonald’s and the Apple Store.

 

NRF Survey: Gift Cards are the Most Wanted Holiday Gift

The National Retail Federation just released their 2011 Holiday Survey and once again gift cards have beat out all other options to remain the most wanted holiday gift. According to the survey, 80.2% of all holiday shoppers will purchase a gift card, up over 3% from 2010. It is estimated that consumers will spend on average $155.43 in gift cards with total spending reaching around $27.8 billion.

Consumers look to purchase gift cards not because of the convenience, but they like to allow the recipient to choose their own gift. It’s easier to allow someone to purchase something on their own, rather than picking something out that might not be desired.

Matthew Shay, NRF President and CEO said,

With discretionary gifts expected to be popular, many consumers will view gift cards as an ‘everyday value item,’ affording their loved ones the option of buying something they really want or need.

We recommend that consumers follow the Top 20 Most Popular Gift Cards list that we released when choosing what gift card to buy this holiday season. These types of gift cards were determined to be the most popular by the NRF survey.

Most Popular Gift Cards

Data collected from 2011 NRF Survey.

The trends found in this survey actually match the same data that was released by GiftCardRescue.com in the top 20 most popular gift cards list. In the top 20 list, Walmart, Amazon.com and Target were the most desired gift cards and these merchants are each considered department stores. The only variation found between the two surveys were the popularity of restaurant gift cards in the NRF survey, where as in the GCR survey only two restaurant gift cards made it into the top 20.

As a gift card exchange retailer, we see a massive spike in restaurant gift cards that are sold for cash or Amazon.com credit immediately after Christmas. It appears that while consumers have the mindset that restaurant gift cards are desired, in actuality people prefer the department store and specialty merchants more.

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.

Cheap Gift Cards At Gift Card Rescue

The convenience and ease of gifts cards has made them a hot selling item this holiday season, with everyone from grocery stores to gas stations getting in on the action. Gift cards have become the number one gift idea among consumers in recent years. With so many gift cards floating around these days, it’s easy to see how many of them go unused every year. It’s estimated that  nearly 20% of gift cards are never cashed in, until now.

GiftCardRescue.com allows consumers to get money back by selling unwanted and unused gift cards. That means for all the bargain shoppers out there looking for deals on gift cards, GiftCardRescue is the place to go. Selling discount gift cards from hundreds of retailers at up to 30% off, it is easy to find the perfect gift for those on your list at a fraction of the price. Put great gift cards in the hands of your family and friends, and money back in your pocket, by shopping online at GiftCardRescue.com.

Gift Card Mall

Gift cards are expected to be the most wanted gifts this year and more people are looking to buy gift cards following the new laws passed in late August 2010. Many times however, people end up at malls, brand stores, etc.,when they are looking to buy gift cards, unaware of the opportunities available online to buy discounted gift cards.

Gift card malls aren’t always the best shopping destination for gift cards since they usually don’t present the opportunity for discounts on these cards. GiftCardRescue.com is an online marketplace for people to buy and sell gift cards at discounted prices. With GiftCardRescue, you as the shopper can be sure to save up to 30% off the face value. The way the site operates is very straight forward, GiftCardRescue buys gift cards from people who have no need for then, verifies them and then resells those cards on its website.

Discounted gift cards are an added opportunity to save and be frugal when buying gifts for friends and family. Combined with coupons and promotions, shoppers can end up saving more than 50% of they would have spent. For people looking to sell gift cards and those looking to buy gift cards, check out GiftCardRescue.com today and start saving money.

Gift Card Exchange Ideas

Gift cards are tipped to be the number one gift of choice this holidays, and while there will be a lot of appreciative recipients, there will always be those situations where you receive gift cards to places you don’t like and wish you could exchange them for something more your type.

GiftCardRescue is an online marketplace that shares Gift card exchange ideas with its users on their blog or through their newsletter. The site lets people trade their unwanted gift cards for cash or buy gift cards at discounted prices. Another possibility is trading the unwanted gift cards for Amazon credit.

When exchanging gift cards, it’s important to try to make the most of the trade, how much value should you trade your gift card for? When is the best time to trade gift cards? What are the dangers involved with some of these gift cards? GiftCardRescue answers these questions and many more on its blog.

Discount Gift Cards for Sale

Giving that up to 25% of people that receive gift cards annually either don’t patronize the store they got the card to or because they would rather just have cash to spend on other things, it should come as no surprise that $8 billion of about $60 billion exchanged in gift cards each year go unused. This ultimately means people will be more willing to trade them for other gift cards or for cash at discounted prices.

GiftCardRescue is an online marketplace for people to find discounted gift cards for sale. The company is based in Ellicott city and launched in January, 2008. The mode of operation is pretty straight forward, the company buys gift cards at discounted prices and sells them on its website for up to 30% off. The site also allows people to sell them gift cards in bulk.

GiftCardRescue brands itself not just as a platform to trade gift cards, it also boasts of the top gift card blog around. Daily, the blog is updated with shopping tips, gift ideas, gift card trends and much more.

Gift Cards for Less

Gift cards are quickly becoming a preferred gift option among consumers, providing convenience for those who purchase them and recipients alike. Yet with more emphasis on spending frugally in the current economic climate, shoppers are looking for ways to get more for their dollar.

Enter GiftCardRescue, the premier webstore for discount gift cards. With GiftCardRescue, consumers can shop for discount gift cards up to 30% off. With hundreds of retailers to choose from, you can be sure to find the perfect gift card for someone on your list. What’s more, you can use discount gift cards from GiftCardRescue to double your savings when shopping. By combining the discounted gift card with in store promotions such as coupons and sales ads, the savings can be huge.

To browse for discount gift cards with GiftCardRescue, simply follow the link to the Buy Page. If a particular item is not in stock that you would like, we encourage you to create a wishlist, as new cards are listed daily. With the wishlist, you will recieve email updates as soon as gift cards on your list are posted.

Gift card exchange for cash

Do you have a stash of gift cards you don’t have use for? A recent study showed that the average American household has $300 in unused gift cards lying around in sock draws, pocket books, and wallets. GiftCardRescue provides an easy, safe and fast way to turn these unwanted/unused gift cards into cash.You can get up to 90% cash back for your unwanted gift card. To see how much your gift card is worth, click here to get a quote.

Here are three reasons why you should sell to GiftCardRescue

  1. Fast Payment – When you sell your gift card to GiftCardRescue, your payment is sent within 48 hours upon receipt of your cards. You can even get your payment faster when you exchange your gift cards for Amazon.com credit (we also pay 5% more money with this option)
  2. Safe and Secure – Selling your gift cards on eBay or Craigslist means you will be dealing with people you don’t know, and the potential for fraud is greater. With GiftCardRescue.com, you will be selling to a reputable company. We are in our third year of business and have the best customer support team in the industry. If you have any question, call us at 1-877-800-4413 and yes, we do pick up the phone.
  3. Reputable – Don’t just take our word for it. GiftCardRescue has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, CNBC, Forbes, NPR, The Early Show on CBS, Good Morning America on ABC, and many other leading publications. Check out our full media coverage page here.

We are confident that once you do business with us, you will come back to us for all your gift card needs, including our extensive volume of discounted gift cards of up to 30% off.

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