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Sell or Trade an Unwanted Gift Card

Updated on November 9, 2015

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How to Get Cash For Your Unwanted Gift Card

Like many people, I often receive gift cards for Christmas, my birthday or some other occasion. Although I appreciate the kindness and generosity of the person who gave it to me, sometimes a gift card I've received is from a company or shop that is not convenient to visit or really doesn't have anything I'm interested in purchasing. Other times there is something I want or need that is available at a different store or I really would rather just have the cash.

Unused gift cards may sit in my sock drawer or stuffed in my wallet for months before I finally visit the store and find something I want to purchase. Or worse yet, I may forget or lose the card or it may expire before I use it. Meanwhile there may be something I really want or need that I've found somewhere else. Apparently, I'm not alone. It is estimated that 6%-10% of gift cards are never used.

If you've had a similar situation, you will probably be as delighted as I was to learn that there are several companies with websites where you can get cash for your gift card, exchange it or donate it to charity. You can sometimes even sell or exchange gift cards that have been partially used, but have a remaining balance.

So, if you have received a gift card that you don't think you will use, on this page I'm sharing the research I did about the companies where you can sell or exchange an unwanted gift card and use the proceeds to buy something you really want or need.

All Photos by Vicki Green - PNW Travels - unless otherwise credited

Have you ever received an unwanted gift card? - What do you think?

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Giving Gift Cards

People give gift cards to try to strike a balance between letting someone pick out their own gift, but without just giving cash. Somehow it seems just a little less cold and commercial to give a gift card. Unfortunately, sometimes the store or company just isn't really where the recipient wants to shop.

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Where to Sell or Trade a Gift Card


Companies that Buy Gift Cards

I discovered that there are quite a number of companies that buy gift cards. I learned that not all companies will pay the same amount for the same card and there are several different payment methods to choose from. It is a good idea to check several to see which one will give you the best deal and a payment method you prefer. Below you will find information about several companies.


Selling your unwanted Gift Card at Cardpool

Cardpool pays up to 90% of the value of gift cards that have no fees or expiration date. Cards are accepted that have a balance between $25 and $100. There is always the option for mailing in your card with free shipping or there is the option for an electronic transfer for some cards that does not require mailing in the physical card. You can choose to be paid either by check or exchange for an gift card. Cardpool also sells gift cards at up to 35% below their value and authenticates the validity and remaining balance of every one they sell. For more information visit Cardpool's website.

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Gift Card Rescue

Gift Card Rescue will buy only actual plastic gift cards (no eCards) with balances between $20 and $5000. They will also accept gift cards with an expiration date as long as the card is valid for at least 6 more months. Like most of the other companies, you enter the merchant and balance and you will be given an offer. If you accept the offer you enter your mailing address and contact information and mail the card in to Gift Card Rescue. Payment options include payment by check or Amazon Gift Card. If you select cash, you will be mailed a check within 2 days of receiving the card. For more information, visit the Gift Card Rescue website or watch the video below.

How to Sell Your Card to Gift Card Rescue - A Video Explaining How It's Done

Gift Card Monkey

Gift Card Monkey will purchase gift cards with a value of at least $20 and will pay up to 95% of the balance. You can check the balance on their website first and then after entering the merchant name and balance, Gift Card Monkey will display how much they will pay for your card. If you accept the offer, you enter your name, mailing address and contact information and mail in the card. You have a choice to be paid by check or via PayPal. Gift Card Monkey also has a network of retailers that buy gift cards. You can search the Gift Card Monkey website to see if there is one in your neighborhood.

Gift Card Zen

Gift Card Zen buys gift cards with a balance of at least $75. Gift Card Zen has put some extra safeguards in place to prevent fraud. In order to sell gift cards, you need to create a verified account by providing a current photo ID, a cellphone that can receive text messages and a valid credit card in your name.

After entering the merchant and card value, Gift Card Zen will let you know how much they will pay for your card. If you accept the offer, you mail your gift card in and Gift Card Zen will mail you a check as soon as they receive the card and verify it.

For more information visit the Gift Card Zen website

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Gift Card Granny

Compare How Much Several Companies Will Pay You

Gift Card Granny doesn't actually buy gift cards but I found it to be a handy website nonetheless. At Gift Card Granny you can check the balance on most gift cards and easily compare how much several companies will pay you for a card from a specific company at a glance, making it easy to see where you can probably get the most for your gift card. For more information go to Gift Card Granny's website.

Another company that buys gift cards is

Gift will buys cards with a balance between $25.00 and $200.00 as long as they do not have a pending expiration date. They pay up to 95% of the card balance for those on their Preferred Merchants List. There is a limit of $300.00 per household. They do not accept paper certificates or e-mail codes.

After accepting an offer for your gift card, you mail your gift card to Gift Since they can't be held responsible for gift cards lost in the mail it is recommended to send them via First Class Mail Insured or with tracking and delivery confirmation. They will verify the balance on the gift card, and send you a check for the appropriate amount within 48 hours. Gift also sells Gift Cards at discounted prices and you can also make your own personalized gift cards.

Use to Sell Your Gift Card is another place to sell your gift card. Instead of buying gift cards directly from consumers, they employ a different business model by facilitating the sale of cards between buyers and sellers through their website. Sellers list their gift cards on the site and set their own price. has a tool to help set the price and recommends discounting the card 5% below the remaining balance. Sellers can list physical cards with a minimum balance of at least $20 or eCards with a minimum balance of $10. If your card sells, you pay a 15% commission. Sellers are responsible for mailing a physical card to the buyer. Sellers are paid either by check or via PayPal.

Visit the website for more details.

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Go Shopping at Amazon! - Buy what you really want or need

Most of the companies featured on this page will exchange your unwanted gift card for an Amazon Gift Card where you can find just about anything you want. Here is an idea!

Selling or Buying a Gift Card on eBay - Listing Gift Cards or Buying One You Want

Some people suggest selling or buying gift cards on eBay. I would caution that I have heard of several instances of gift cards purchased on eBay being expired or counterfeit . It can sometimes be difficult or impossible to get your money back if you purchase one on eBay that is not usable. To avoid getting scammed, I would recommend buying and selling gift cards from one of the reputable companies on this page instead of selling on eBay. The companies listed above all verify the authenticity of the card and balance available before selling it.

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      Gimmeucard 20 months ago

      Perfect for the scammers too

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      Samuel orris 23 months ago from Texas

      Obviously, this is a good idea for them who have unused gift cards. Both of them will be benefited.

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      mark 2 years ago

      well this is basically the opposite but you can GET free gift cards that you want. go to facebook and search freegiftcards101 or go to: sign up, confirm email, earn points, redeem points. :)

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      VJG 3 years ago from Texas

      Wow I didn't know that there were so many options. Thanks. I love receiving gift cards, but only to those businesses from which I usually buy. Now that I see that I can trade in my Barnes and Noble gift card for an Amazon gift card, I'm heading there now!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I've never had an unwanted gift card, but if I did you gave loads of suggestions on how to redeem it.

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      wiseriverman 4 years ago

      This is great information. It's really another good way to save. I think before I make another big purchase I'll try finding a gift card first, just for the discount. I'm bookmarking this page. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have several AT&T prepaid phone cards that have hundreds of minutes still available, where can I sell these?

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      MissRubyStars 4 years ago

      Bookmarking for future reference just in case I ever receive an unwanted gift card.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Unfortunately, none of those sites will buy an iTunes card.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Cynthia Haltom: do you like $ giftcodes ? ? ? ? give me a price ill sell ..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great info! Good to know. Will be sharing with others.

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great idea to be able to trade unwanted gift cards.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I love gift cards for restaurants and love to spend them as soon as I get them,

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I have had a few gift cards that I have found it hard to use, and some have expiration dates too. It's sad when a card sits in a drawer, and you find it only to realize that it's expired and that money has been lost. Useful to sell it and at least get some money back.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good share !

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Oh, I almost forgot; Congratulations for this Gift Card lens getting a Purple Star as it is well deserving. (^_-)

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Thank You VickiSims for writing this lens as the info was most useful. I never knew these services were available. Also, Thanks for stopping by my The Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, Colorado lens and giving it both a "thumbs up" and a "blessing". I really appreciate it. (^_-)

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      I never knew these existed... good to know

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      uneasywriter lm 5 years ago

      Good post holiday information thank you!

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      TopReviews2u 5 years ago

      Gift cards are a great idea. I gave my niece an ITunes one for xmas and she couldn't wait to choose her songs to download! A very happy niece.

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      TopChristmasToysGifts 5 years ago

      I often buy a gift card for my brother in law. I always buy one that can be used in multiple shops rather than one particular shop which gives him more options.

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      kerilovesadeal 5 years ago

      I tend to give unwanted gift cards to my nieces. I'm like "Hey. Do you shop/eat at so-and-so? Got a gift card for ya!" :D I'll probably still give most of them away, but I will seriously consider selling some for cash. Thanks for the great lens! :)

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      mrknowitall54321 5 years ago

      Great info, I never knew it was possible to sell gift cards! Great lens

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      mrdata 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing great info!

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      kare2share 5 years ago

      Very helpful advice! I'll definitely look into the sites that you've recommended since I have more than my share of those 6-10% of gift cards that are never used. My only concern is how to react when the giver asks what I bought with the gift card! Anyway, thank you very much for sharing these resources, and happy holidays to you!

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      AllThingsPotter 5 years ago

      Thanks for this info - I'd never have thought of it.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Excellent lens.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @higginsemilie: Check out one of the companies listed above. There is information and links to both Plastic Jungle and Gift

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      higginsemilie 5 years ago

      How do i sell my gift card that i don't want?

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      webhostingrevie 5 years ago

      Cool advice

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      Ibexing 5 years ago

      Good advice I wouldn't have thought of selling a gift card.

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Great advice. Nice lens.

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      So glad to know what to do with my "dud" gift cards!! Thanks!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A great idea. Many of those often are just thrown out.

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      xriotdotbiz lm 5 years ago

      I am going to have to keep this lens bookmarked, Christmas is coming and I might get gift cards that I would like to cash-in.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I know the kids have gotten quite a few gift cards that they've never used - now I know what to do with them (the gift cards, that is - I'll keep the kids!)

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      Great job showcasing this not widely known idea. I remember when i came a cross a website that buys them and was like nice! But alas, I only get gift cards to places I actually use so i have none to sell or convert to cash. Nice article!

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      Since I don't have a credit card, I came looking for where to buy Amazon cards using Paypal. Off to check these sites out. Thanks!

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      BabyGirl1940 5 years ago

      This is a great service. Thanks for the information.

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      sandi_x 5 years ago

      Great idea

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I just used your advice here. It was really bothering me that I had not used a gift card a friend had given me. I traded it and now .. am able to let my friend know that it was useful. Thanks Vicki for this useful information. I am blessing this lens. I thought I had before but ... there must have been a glitch.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      This is a great lens. I have a few gift cards that I may just trade in. Thank you for sharing this!

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      good information :)

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      this has been a great idea...s few more years it will make it big

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      hooshmand 5 years ago

      What an amazing lens about trading gift cards! Thumbs Up!

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      I never even considered selling or trading a gift card. Thank you for such useful information.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Great idea, useful info.

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      RCGraphicsDesign 5 years ago

      What a great idea. Thank you so much.

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. Well done!

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      I had no idea! My wife is going to love this because she is constantly getting gift cards from work for stores/places we never go to.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      I had no idea! My wife is going to love this because she is constantly getting gift cards from work for stores/places we never go to.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Another lovely lens with some great ideas. Blessed and featured om Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I've never tried selling a gift card. It's something to think about it.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i threw some away. should have given to someone else. blessings for your kind advices.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well done on your article.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      This is good info to know. I don't need it right this moment, but might some day.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Very helpful lens.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Very helpful lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the lens.

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Very helpful lens with great advice! Thanks!! Angel blessed.

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      GoAceNate LM 6 years ago

      I have a ton of gift certificates that never end up getting used. I'm totally going to do this. I probably have a couple hundred dollars worth of gift certs to sell. Thanks for the lens. What a great idea.

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      Heidi 6 years ago from Benson, IL

      Good to know that there are places to cash in your unwanted gift cards. I forget the exact numbers but there are a lot of gift cards that don't get used every year, which basically means free money for retailers.

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      Edutopia 6 years ago

      Great lens! My family has pretty much adopted the gift cards for Christmas buying strategy and not everyone ends up with cards at stores that they'd shop at. We've just done some in-house trading but its good to know there is a way to cash in anywhere.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      This is a timely find on my part - I receive 2 gift cards for Xmas that I don't really need. Will head over to one of the sites you've mentioned. Thanks.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I did not know about these gift card exchange services. Great information. Thanks!

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      catwell2 6 years ago

      I've received gift cards I wasn't exactly fond of, but never thought I could sell or trade them. Really cool lens with a lot of options!

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      C A Chancellor 6 years ago from US/TN

      I used one of these sites a few years ago (although I can't remember which one). It's a great alternative to "regifting" a card.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Thanks to you for this great lens.Just in time for the holidays.

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      desa999 lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for making me aware of this I didn't realise the significance of gift cards the way you have explained it.

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      ErHawkns7100 6 years ago

      Great resource! I had only heard of people selling cards on Ebay.

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      Quennie 6 years ago from London

      nicely wrapped lens! plastic jungle for me is by far the best place to sell gift cards!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      With the holiday season coming up, I'm thinking that you will be helping many happy people to convert unwanted gift cards, a great idea for a lens!

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      jessicahoward 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens...What a nice idea!... This year I only got cards I wanted, but I've had cards from places I couldn't use them before.... You know what I never every would have thought of selling a gift card. I usually just turn around and give it to someone else who probably gives it to someone else, is really very fantastic idea..i m going to use this...:)...Thank you for compiling such a wonderful idea..:)

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      I had no idea you could sell or trade these cards! Thanks for the heads up!

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      Rankography 6 years ago

      great info and nice lens. We all have a few of these lying around the house

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Nice list of tips and tricks. I hope I will never need to use it, but just in case it goes into my bookmark. Thanks:)

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      Srena44 6 years ago

      great idea

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      What a GREAT idea. I never would have thought of selling a gift card. I usually just turn around and give it to someone else who probably gives it to someone else, etc.

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Useful information.You are on my Favourite Squidoo People lens.

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      myshelle01 6 years ago

      Great lens,fantastic idea

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      Great information, thank you for sharing. Just joined your fan club!

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Great info, very helpful!

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      JanezKranjski 6 years ago

      Congrats on well done lens. I never realized that they are sites where you can exchange unwanted gift cards.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      What a terrific idea. Sometimes the cards just sit in a wallet or it gets used on something you really don't want!! just so it don't go to waste. Thank you for this valuable info!!!! Great lens

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      What a brilliant idea!! fabtastic lens Vicki - well done!

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      mahimattphoto 6 years ago

      I have always consided using one of these sites but just never tried it out. Maybe I should. thanks for sharing.

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      Garadjo12 6 years ago

      Just a great information! Very informative.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Awesome lens with a fantastic resource - thank you!

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      Davidfstillwagon 6 years ago

      good answer to the problem of unwanted gift cards

      good lens

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      This is a great idea! Gift cards are more and more popular and so very convenient!

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for the detailed useful info.

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      hershel01 7 years ago

      My daughter has bought gc from the net before making them a good buy,anytime you can save today that is a good thing. Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      natashaely 7 years ago

      Some great tips on here! I love getting book tokens, can not get enough but not so sure about other vouchers! It's a great lens! :)

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      WebIsFun 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips!

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      KDimmick 7 years ago

      What a great idea! This year I only got cards I wanted, but I've had cards from places I couldn't use them before.

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      I didn't know you could do this, great idea!

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      Smart idea, I didn't know you could trade in your unwanted gift cards for $$, great information!! (Gift cards are a "pet peeve" of my husband's, I don't mind them so much.)