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Target trade-in: If you love shopping at Target, you’ll be pleased to know the big-box retailer will trade store credit for gift cards from more than 100 different retailers and restaurants through its own in-store exchange. Not all Target stores participate in the program, so you should check the website to see if your local store is part of the Target trade-in program.
After entering your information, the marketplace will immediately begin verifying your card information. Although most marketplaces say it can take up to 24 hours, from personal experience, it only takes a few minutes to verify the card balance and make the listing go live.
Some people feel it is not very tactful to “regift” a gift card. If you decide to go this route, however, make sure the card and the gift card envelope don’t show any signs of wear. It may be possible to obtain a new gift envelope from the original retailer. You can also add the regifted card to another gift. Stash the card inside of a new book for a creative bookmark, or attach the card to a stuffed animal.
The ebay thing is going to be far more effort than it is worth. It is going to take you forever to find something an amazon that is cheaper than the average price on ebay. I\’ve found it to be impossible. Then, even if you do, the massive 13% (and change) ebay seller fee is going to hose you.
“Thank you! I just love this store.” Have you ever spoken those words after receiving a gift card as a gift, when you only go there once in a blue moon? If you have a drawer full of gift cards that you never use, you can sell your gift cards for cash and finally use that money to buy something you need.
Usually not. Most online marketplaces will convert your physical gift card to a digital version that the buyer can either redeem online or print. Digital transfers instantly transfer the card balance to the buyer and keep selling fees to a minimum?
Gift card exchanges tend to offer lower resale values immediately after the holidays, warns Romanelli. “There is so much supply coming into the market that many cards don’t sell for as high as they might in the summer,” he says. He notes that some people hold on to their gift cards for an extra month or so, in order to earn a few percentage points more in returns.
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Some states require that gift card issuers allow cardholders to redeem their gift cards for cash. California law states that consumers can receive cash from the issuing retailer if a gift card has $10 or less remaining on the card. In Maine, Massachusetts, and Montana, cards with a value of $5 or less can be exchanged for cash. In Vermont, cards valued at less than $1 can be redeemed for cash. Investigate to determine if a cash exchange is an option.
If you’re given a listing option, choose the digital or voucher version first to make more money. Even if you have a physical gift card, most of these marketplaces will convert it to a digital card or voucher that can be printed or redeemed online by the buyer.
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Select Coinstar machines will also buy your gift cards in addition to your loose change. The next time you buy groceries, take your gift cards along and maybe you can exchange them for store credit! However, I recommend looking for a CardPool kiosk first as they are more prevalent.
Here’s how it works: Visit Walmart.cardcash.com and click on the “Enter a Merchant” field to see a list of merchants’ gift cards that can be traded in for a Walmart e-gift card. Along with information about the gift card you want to exchange, you’ll have to enter your name, address, email, phone number and credit card number (to verify your personal information). Then you’ll receive an email usually within an hour or two with a Walmart e-gift card. There’s no need to mail in your old gift card since the value is transferred electronically. You can use the code on the Walmart e-gift card to make purchases online or print it out to make purchases in Walmart stores. Walmart e-gift cards can also be used at Sam’s Club.
For several major retailers’ gift cards we checked, Walmart.cardcash.com was offering a higher Walmart e-gift card value than cash offers from several of the top discount gift card marketplaces. For example, you can exchange a $50 Best Buy gift card for a Walmart e-gift card worth $46.20. The highest offer we could find on Gift Card Granny was $44.75. A $50 Target gift card could be exchanged for a $48.30 Walmart e-gift card versus $45.25 in cash.
Not included in this price comparision site is a new offer from Walmart that’s good if you have a lot of love for the big-box retailer. Walmart will trade store credit for gift cards from more than 200 different retailers, restaurants, and airlines through its own online exchange website, Walmart.CardCash.com. Certain merchant cards will get you up to 95% of the original card’s value, or about 3% more than most reseller websites, which usually top out at 92% of a card’s face value. Others will get you 85% back, and some as little as 70%.
You can either sell or trade at CardCash. By trading, you can get up to 14% more for your card. CardCash makes instant offers for cards you want to sell and you can earn up to 92% of the card value for in-demand gift card brands.
You can also sell gift cards locally by listing your card on Craigslist or another sell local app like Letgo. This option might work best for gift cards to local businesses that cannot be listed on the other gift card balances. When selling locally, it’s best to meet at the local business to verify the balance before the buyer pays for the card.
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Unused gift cards can be sold online. If you want cash for your gift cards, try listing them on eBay. Other sites such as Cardpool and Plastic Jungle also let sellers auction their unwanted or unused gift cards. Shoppers flock to eBay around the holidays, so try selling unwanted gift cards online in November and December to get the best return on the cards. If your name is on any of the gift cards, check to make sure they are transferable before listing them for sale.
E-Gift cards are more convenient, electronic version of traditional plastic gift cards. @e-gift cards offer all the same benefits of traditional gift cards. E-Gift Cards work just like regular Gift Cards, however, a digital card with a code is emailed to the recipient. A copy of the E-Gift card will also be sent to the purchaser as confirmation that the email was sent.E-Gift cards are used just like regular Gift cards online or in stores. When redeeming E-Gift cards in Stores, the code must be readily available.
If you don’t want to have the value of your gift card dictated by a reseller, use Raise.com to sell your gift card for cash. You set your own price—think eBay, but without the bidding. WalletHub ranked Raise.com as the second best gift card exchange for sellers, with the average resale value on the site topping $81 for an $100 gift card.
Each site has its own set of restrictions. Most have different maximum and minimum exchange amounts, which can be troublesome if you’re trying to sell either a low- or high-balance gift card. Generally, your card has to have a minimum balance of $10. The maximum amount varies from site to site but is somewhere between $200 and $400. Some sites have buying and selling fees that can take a substantial percentage of your payment. The best services do not have these restrictions.
Gift Card Granny might be the easiest place to sell because you can compare the selling prices on several marketplaces with a single query. For high demand gift cards, you can earn up to 92% back of the card value.
When you sell a gift card to a pawn shop, you can typically expect to get about 50% of the value of whatever is currently on the card and can be verified. We want to thank Brian the PawnNerd for this insight, which he wrote about earlier this year in Can Pawn Shops Buy Giftcards?
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Prefer to pay cash for your purchases? You can buy Amazon.com Gift Cards or codes at a store near you to add cash to your Amazon Balance with Amazon Cash, Western Union, Moneygram, Coinstar and Ace Cash Express. Amazon.com Gift Cards and codes (which are issued by ACI Gift Cards Inc., an Amazon company, and sold to third-party retailers) are an acceptable form of payment at www.amazon.com.
The retailers are counting on this, since unused gift cards equate to company profits. However, unused gift cards don’t have to go to waste. There are several websites, including eBay, where gift cards are being traded, and even sold, for cash.
These fees can be largely offset by purchasing Amex gift cards through a cash back portal like Top Cash Back, which currently pays out 1.5% cash back on Amex gift cards. On a $4,000 Amex gift card order, you’d earn $60 cash back and pay $13.85 – $16.85 in shipping and gift card fees. Assuming you’re liquidating these gift cards in $500 increments, you would incur another $31.60 in Visa gift card fees. Now all that’s left are money order fees and if you can buy them someplace where more than one gift card is allowed for payment, you can greatly reduce costs and even come away with a small profit.
The CEB also reported that customers tend to forget about their gift cards and don’t spend the full balance, resulting in more than $1 billion in unused store credit this year alone. But that appears to be less true in the case of Walmart: A company spokesperson told the AP that 95% of Walmart holiday gift cards are usually redeemed by February.
You can get up to 92% of the gift card’s value, though the exchange rate varies by brand. Once we’ve verified the balance on your card, we’ll present you with an offer. There’s absolutely no commitment to accept an offer.
When you only have physical gift cards to sell, you can also look at CardKangaroo; they don’t accept digital gift cards. If you like CardKangaroo’s offer, you mail your gift cards for free and they typically send your payment within 48 hours. CardKangaroo also lets you trade your unwanted gift cards too.
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Buyers: Cardpool sells both physical and electronic gift cards. You can search for cards via category and refine your search by type, value and percent off. It offers a 180-day balance guarantee from the date of purchase, which means you’ll be able to use the full value of any gift card you buy within 180 days.
Have unused gift cards? Need cash fast? Sell your gift cards for cash (or, another gift card) at a gift card exchange location near you. It’s super-convenient because exchange locations are available at your local check-cashing, grocery, and department store. They’ll make you an offer right on the spot and, if you accept, you’ll get paid—instantly!