Unwanted Gift Cards

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There are now so many assortment of gift cards that they sometimes make a good gift for someone you may not know what to buy them. And they can be giving for any occasion has well. And every major store now has a whole line of gift cards to please everyone on that special occasion.

But sometimes a person getting a gift card may not want a gift from that store or may not shop at that store for one reason or another. And ends up putting that gift card in a drawer and forgetting about it till it becomes worthless. Making the person who bought it spend money for nothing and the person who received the gift card ends up getting nothing.

Thankfully, we now have ways to guarantee that all gift cards don’t go to waste, and people buying them are not wasting money for nothing. If someone thought of you enough to give you a gift card than you should get something for it if you are not going to use it at that store.

Today, Web sites such as giftcardrescue.com and plasticjungle.com will buy gift cards from you, the more popular the store, the more cash you'll receive for the card. Could be up to 90 percent of the available balance.

 


Or if you don’t want to sell it for a percent of what it is worth you can swap it for another gift card of the same value if you find one on these two sites that you like. To sign up on these sites is free and it is such a great way to get something for that gift card and also keep it from just going unused and wasting the money of the person who bought the gift card for you.

Check out plasticjungle here and giftcardrescue here

 

It is estimated that $2.5 billion will be lost through unused gift cards in 2010. Whether уου  like  it or not, уου probably received a gift card  sometime in your life, and  it  is very  wasteful if уου don’t put  it to good υѕе and get something for it. But many people do continue to let gift cards go unused in large amounts еνеrу  year. Thіѕ doesn’t hаνе to happen. You now can go to these two sites and sell or swap that gift card you do not want and in return get something for it. And in the end everyone comes out a winner. Or what you could do if you don’t want to sell your gift card or swap for another one, you could donate it to the Salvation Army and let them get some good use from your gift cards it’s much better that just putting in a drawer and forgetting about it.

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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Thanks for this valuable information Tom.I had no idea we could do that. I'll save these links in case I ever need them.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi carrie nice to see you, thanks for stopping by and for your comments. carrie to many gift cards were not being cashed in so sites like this allows you to choose different ways to get something for the gift card, so the card will not go to waste.


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Moon Willow Lake 5 years ago

I have heard of things like this on local radio stations, but haven't heard of these sites (as the local radio stations themselves administer this). Thanks for the info on these sites as the local radio stations always put a time limit to their services!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Moon Willow Lake thanks for stopping by and to for your comments. Glad you found this hub useful.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Hi kashmir56 I get a lot of unneeded or unwanted gift cards. I don't often shop at those places, so what was I going to do? I love Lowes or Home depot if I need something from them. But if I don't it's a waste to me. How many times in a lifetime, does a girl need a deck built? Thanks for sharing your hub. Now I know what to do. Have a Great New Year.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Rhonda nice to see you, thanks for stopping by and for your comments. Glad this hub was helpful to you hope you find something you can use.

Wishing you all the best this New Year!!!


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Karen Wodke 5 years ago from Midwest

This is good to know.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Karen nice to see you, thanks for stopping by glad you found it usefull.


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Time4Travel 5 years ago from Canada

Wow, I never knew swapping gift cards was possible!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Time4Travel, they started doing this to keep gift cards from going unused. Great idea!!!


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Wow brilliant ideas.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi acaetnna nice to see you, thanks for your comments. Glad you liked my hub, it is a great way to get something for gift cards that will only go to waste.


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Glemoh101 5 years ago

Thanks for your excellent hub.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Thanks Glemoh101, nice to see you glad you enjoyed it!


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Kashmir56

Great information. Thanks so much.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Healing Touch nice to see you, thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Glad you found it useful.


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twentyfive 5 years ago

Never knew we could swap gift cards. Thanks for the info. :)


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Your welcome twentyfive, nice to see you !


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xixi12 5 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it.

Wow! I had no idea gift cards could be swapped. This is really useful as i got a lot of gift cards and I hardly shop in those places. Thanks for sharing this very useful info


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi xixi12 thanks for stopping by, glad you found this hub useful. Now you can get something for those unused gift cards.


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Victoria Stephens 5 years ago from London

What a brilliant idea, being able to swap gift cards and selling them for a good price. I hadn't heard of this before. It will certainly come in handy for me. Bookmarked, voted up and useful.xxx


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Victoria nice to see you, thank you for your nice comments glad you have found this information useful. It is a good way to use gift cards and keep them from being wasted.

Take care !


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patdmania 5 years ago from waterford, mi

It seems that i always end up with a couple of dollars on my card that i never end up using. Another one is when people buy a 5 dollar gift card for gas. This is more of a nuisance to use than its worth. My Aunt did this. She was being nice, just to get something for me. Just buy me some chocolate. Ill eat that! LOL


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi patdmania nice to see you, thanks so much for your comments . Glad you have found this hub useful .Maybe you could find a gift card for a chocolate shop !


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

What an excellent idea! This is good to know, and a great way to not end up wasting money. I will need to check if these sites work in Canada or not. If not, I love your ideas of donating it to the Sally Ann.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi prairieprincess nice to see you, glad you found this information useful .I think you should be able to use those sites in Canada, thanks for your comments, it is always nice to hear from you !


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Hi Tom,

You give a lot of practical advice in this great hub you created. Thanks for the info, as I have some gift cards that I just can't use. Wishing you a great weekend.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi toknowinfo nice to see you ! Glad you found this useful hope you get something nice for your gift cards .

Have a awesome weekend my friend !!!


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

I had never heard of these sites that buy unwanted gift cards until I read your Hub. Great information, thanks for sharing.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Becky nice to see you, glad you found this hub useful, and now if you get a gift card you don't want you know where to go to sell it or trade it for one you can use. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Good idea but it is better to try and use it. Will be worth more to you in the long run


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ethel nice to see you, yes i do agree with you it is better to use them, but some people are not always satisfied with the gift cards they have received so now they have a option to get something they will be happy with .


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

Very interesting and helpful hub!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Rose nice to see you, glad you found this hub useful ! Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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angie ashbourne 5 years ago

Hi! kashmir56 Helpful Hub! Angie P.S. I have been on Holidays.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi angie nice to see you,so glad to hear you found thise hub's information useful . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin

One thing that can be said about the gift card industry is that the stores who use them KNOW there's big money in them...and NOT from people necessarily using them. If I get a gift card, I use it. Period. If I can't use it, I give it away as a gift to someone else. Cheapest gift there is is a gift card I didn't pay for. ;)


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Springboard nice to see you, i guess that is a great way to put to use a gift card you won't use, and I'm sure some people do just like you do. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

I ALWAYS buy something. Even if it is a shop I would not use. If it is an expensive shop, I will search for the cheapest thing they sell. ( Yes, I am a thrify shopper by choice).

I have seen these gift card buying places and am sure some will find a use for them.

Very helpful information for those that need it.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Ddraigcoc nice to see you, It is good that you use every gift card that you get, but there are some people that get gift cards that they don't want for one reason or another and they will benefit from services like these , Thanks so much for your comments and to for stopping by !.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for the very useful information, Tom. I had no idea that the websites that you mentioned existed. What a good idea to use these sites, or to donate a gift card that isn't needed to charity. It's such a waste to leave the card in a drawer.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Alice nice to see you, Yes it is so good to have these web sites for people who can't use or don't want the gift cards they have received . Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Very useful Hub Kashmir. I have a few gift cards that I haven't used. It would be nice to get something for them. I get them for Christmas and I try to tell them that I live in the boonies. Half these stores are not in the southern part of the state. Can't tell them nothing do, tails stick to high in the air if you know what I mean.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi thelyricwriter nice to see you, so glad you found this information useful, hope you will pass it on to your friends.

Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments .

Have a great week my friend !


Calendars 4 years ago

Another huge advantage of purchasing discounted gift cards is that you don't even have to leave your home. You can do it directly on the internet and have them mailed to you at your residence. This saves you the hassle and stress of trying to navigate holiday traffic and huge crowds during this time of year. You can also do it in less than a few minutes, saving you more time that you can use to enjoy the holiday season with your family.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Calendars nice to see you,yes you are right the convenience of buying gift cards online is a great one and you can also get the gift cards that you want and can use the most. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Great suggestions ! Never knew such places existed. Nice way to get use out of gift cards that could otherwise be lost. God Bless You and everyone you cherish my precious friend, and brother in our love , and respect for all that is good, and wonderful.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Stars nice to see you, so glad you liked this hub and found it's information useful . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments ! GBY !


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Thanks for the information . This is very helpful.

Voted up and more!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ignugent17 nice to see you, glad you found this information useful and helpful. Thanks so much for the vote up and more ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

A very useful Hub - I love your idea of swapping gift cards - I had no idea that was possible - I never give cards except to a certain someone who always asks for one for her favorite book store - in general, I find them too impersonal - plus I don't like to advertise how much I spend, or don't - I ultimately find a use for mine, even means buying a gift to tuck away for someone else - B.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi billips nice to see you, i am so glad you found that you can swap gift cards and also found this information useful. It is so nice that you do use your gift cards to buy others gifts when need. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I'm glad I read your Hub on Gift Cards. It's good to know where they can be sold. I have bookmarked this Hub to keep. My son found a Walmart card worth 25.00 from last Christmas that he forgot all about. I have often wondered how much money is tied up in these cards. I no longer purchase them as gifts.

I voted this Hub UP, etc. and I will share.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

So useful; a great hub.

Eddy.


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

Useful Hub. A lot of people seem to think gift cards are less tacky than handing someone cash. Personally, I would prefer to give and get cash. It's easy to use and everybody takes it, so you know your gift will not be wasted. I know the rationale, that the gift card will force the person to buy something for themselves rather than use it for groceries or bills, but a gift card can often be a waste of money. Thanks for pointing out a way to recoup the loss.


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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI

I love getting gift cards, but as you mentioned they are not always convienent to get. But now I know where to use them if I get one I can't use. Thank you. SHARED.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Mary nice to see you, nice to hear you found this information about gift cards useful .Thanks for the vote up and more and the share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Eiddwen nice to see you, so glad to hear you found this information useful, awesome ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Sherry nice to see you, glad you found this useful. I do agree with you that giving cash has a gift is better and can be used for many much need things that person might need to buy or pay. Thanks so much for stopping bu and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi crazybeanrider nice to see you, now if you get any gift cards you don't want you now know what to do with them, glad you found this information useful. Thanks so much for the share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Wow!! I didn't realise that there were sites where you could trade in or swap gift cards - this is very useful information and I've kept a note of the websites.

That's pretty shocking that $2.5 billion is lost due to cards not being used - if this sum doesn't hit home to folks to get their cards used in one way or another I don't know what would!!

Excellent hub + voted up + shared!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Seeker7 nice to see you, so nice that you found this information useful, and it good that you now know where you can trade or swap a gift card that you might not want. Thanks so much for the excellent hub + voted up + shared! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Gift cards are my favorite gift for giving and receiving. You can't go wrong with buying someone a gift card, unless of course they lose it. That's a shame. resourceful information. Well done!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Sunshine nice to see you, yes for most it is a great gift,but for some it is not. That is why these site let you trade or swap gift cards. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

This is valuable information to have regarding putting gift cards to good use. I liked your last suggestion about giving them to the Salvation Army or other charity. They can always put them to good use! Voted up, useful and interesting. Thanks! Sharing!


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Great hub. I had heard about about a buy back website a year ago. As Peggy, I also like the idea of donating unwanted ones to charitable organizations. Thanks for sharing this with us:)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Peggy nice to see you, i wrote this hub because some people did not know there was this type of service for gift card someone did not want. Glad to hear you found this information valuable and useful. Thanks so much for the voted up, useful and interesting and sharing! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Kris nice to see you, it is nice to hear you heard of web sites that buy back your gift cards and glad you liked my idea of donating unwanted ones to charitable organizations. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

The most popular gift for my children are gift cards so you offer some great tips because I know in the past they have gone unused. I try to get the generic gift cards like master card or visa so they can be used anywhere. Voted up and shared!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi healthylife2 nice to see you, now you will know what you can do if any gift cards go unused . Thanks so much for the vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

great hub Tom. i never knew there are sites for swapping too. that was great.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend M. nice to see you, glad you found this information useful and thought it was great information. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Hate I missed this but a great time of year to see it. I will share it for others in case they get cards they would like to trade. I sure didn't know about this and I will pass the word personally too in the family. Thanks.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Well this s good info to know--passing it on!


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newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

Wow!! This is something very useful and new. So thanks a lot for sharing this useful hub.


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flacoinohio 4 years ago from Ohio

Pretty useful hub, just curious about the get up to 90% of the value of the card depending on the popularity of the store the card is from statement. Is the "take" usually more than 10% when people chose to get cash for these cards?


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Jackie nice to see you, glad you found this hub. Thanks for passing on this information to others. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Audrey nice to see you, thanks for passing on this good and valuable information about gift cards. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi newusedcarssacram nice to see you, i am glad you found this information useful and happy to share it with you. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi flacoinohio nice to see you, i think it would be more than 10% if you want to sell it, you might get 50% to 90% depending where you sell it at. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Kashmir, this is a brilliant idea, I must admit, I'm always finding M&S gift cards long after they have expired. A very useful article and now is a good time to remind us not to let this gift go to waste. My best to you.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi tobusiness nice to see you, glad you found this information useful and yes this time of the season it is a great reminder . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

I've been wondering what to do with the unusable gift cards that sometimes come my way. Great information.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals nice to see you, glad you found this information on gift cards useful and great information. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Peak season for this helpful info… :) Sounds like this could be the business to be in!


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ethel smith 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Useful thank you. Bear in mind also that gift cards are not always a good idea as companies may stop trading in these tough economic times


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Sometimes it is better to just give cash rather than a gift card. It can be spent anywhere, and never expires.


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

What a wonderful and very unique recycling idea! Love it. You get something you want and help someone get what they want ... who can complain about that. Certainly better than it hitting the trash can!

Shared, up, useful, pinned and tweeted.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi RTalloni nice to see you, yep i think someone thought so too. But it is a great way to get something from those unwanted gift cards . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ethel nice to see you, yes you are right they are useful but has you said because of the tough economic times some companies may not honor them . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Deborah-Diane nice to see you, yes you are right it is better to give cash then gift cards. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Brett nice to see you, yes you are right it good to get something for those gift cards and not let them be wasted . Thanks so much for your shared, up, useful, pinned and tweeted ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Snurre 3 years ago

This is good to know! Voted and more.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Snurre nice to see you, glad you found this information useful. Thanks so much for the vote up and more ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Olde Cashmere 3 years ago from Michigan, United States

This is great information to know and can be really helpful. Thanks kashmir for a great hub. I had never heard of those sites before reading this. Voting up and rating useful, awesome, and interesting :)


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi James my friend nice to see you, glad you found this information in this hub useful, it's a great way to get some use out of those gift cards you may not want. Thanks so much for your vote up useful, awesome, and interesting ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

This is a great thing to know. I, as many others, have recieved gift cards that I wouldn't use. Great information.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend KoffeeKlatch Gals nice to hear you found this information useful. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This is very handy to know. I'll keep these sites in mind if I ever receive a gift card to a place that isn't my cup of tea. Thank you for sharing this with us!


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Kathryn nice to see you, yes this information could become handy if you get any gift cards you don't like. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Unwanted Gift Cards informative, useful and a great idea indeed.

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