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Sell or Trade Gift Cards

Updated on November 11, 2014

Unused Gift Cards

Gift cards have become one of the most popular ways to give gifts in recent years. However, when you get a gift card to a business you don't frequent, you now have the option to buy, sell or even trade your cards.

Gift cards are great as they allow the recipient to choose the perfect gift. However, when you get a card to Home Depot and you hate doing home projects - it's not a match. Sell or trade your cards so you can truly buy the gift that is perfect for you!

Plastic Jungle - Sell and Buy Gift Cards

Plastic Jungle is the leading Web site for gift card exchanges -- whether you want to buy gift cards at substantial savings, sell them for cash, or trade pre-owned gift cards with others, Plastic Jungle offers the simplest and safest way to get what you want.

With lots of features including My Wallet to keep track of gift cards and instant alerts via text or email, Plastic Jungle guarantees every transaction. Plastic Jungle is the best place to buy, sell and trade gift cards. Plastic Jungle offers unsurpassed security features with the only transaction guarantee in the industry.

How Plastic Jungle Works

How Does Plastic Jungle Work



Get up to 30% off your favorite gift cards and 90% cash back on unwanted gift cards.

What is Cardpool? - Cardpool is a service that lets you buy gift cards for up to 30% offor sell unwanted gift cards for cash. All orders and transactions include FREE SHIPPING and are covered by an extensive Purchase Guarantee Program.

How does this work? - Cardpool connects the millions of gift card holders around the world to create a marketplace where customers can buy, sell, or trade their gift cards safely and securely. By gathering all the buyers and sellers in one place, Cardpool helps everyone get exactly what they want, whether its a discounted gift card or simply cash.

Who am I buying from or selling to? - You are always buying directly from us and selling directly to us.Because our customers may live many thousands of miles away from each other, Cardpool actually buys the gift cards directly from customers, verifies the authenticity and balance of each gift card, and holds on to them until a buyer is found. Even though we may never find a buyer for a given gift card, we pay sellers within 24 hours of receiving their gift card.

Gift Card Rescue
Gift Card Rescue

Giftcardrescue - Sell, Trade or Buy Gift Cards is a popular site to sell gift cards for cash or exchange/swap gift cards for another card. All gift cards sold on our site have been verified and we cover shipping free of charge. guarantees all transactions, including our industry leading bankruptcy protection policy, which we offer free to our customers. The policy covers gift cards purchased on our site and protects you in case the merchant goes bankrupt and decides not to redeem gift cards.

Gift Cards and Bankruptcy

Once in chapter 11 - Stores do not have to accept gift cards

The Sharper Image's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing publicized this issue - but sales of gift cards have not slowed down!

Tens of millions of dollars in gift cards and certificates became worthless overnight in the wake of the Sharper Image's financial plight -- and customers holding those cards have little recourse. Federal law allows a company to stop honoring store gift cards when it files Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and that's exactly what happened at San Francisco-based Sharper Image. This event revealed the downside of popular and convenient store gift cards.

Another example is Circuit City. Check out this notice from CardAvenue " We will no longer allow the buying, selling, or trading of Circuit City Gift Cards due to their filing for bankruptcy and pending liquidation.

Things are evolving quickly in this 2009 economy, but if you have a lot of gift cards then check out the bankruptcy security offers from and

Be sure you keep an eye on the financial status of any store where you have gift cards!

Gift cards for sale on eBay

If you don't want to trade your gift cards, selling them on eBay is a great option.

VISA and Mastercard Gift Cards Online

Both VISA and Mastercard gift cards can be used at online stores. You enter them as your payment just as if they are a normal VISA or Mastercard credit card.

That said - there are two issues that frequently pop up:

When the store goes to authenticate your card it fails due to the address. A regular credit card has an actual address tied to it. The gift card obviously does not. Some web sites adapt to this - others don't.

When the tax and shipping are added in the total price exceeds the amount on the gift card.

So you can use the card online - 90% of the time. If it fails and you really want to shop on that site you should email customer service and ask how to use a gift card.

VISA Gift Card Balance

One of the most frequently asked questions on Yahoo Answers is how to check the balance on a visa gift card. The short answer is that it depends on who issued the gift card. The easy way is to look at the back of the gift card for information on how to check your gift card balance.

The visa gift card is issued by many banks and entities so you will have to follow instructions provided by the card issuer on how to check your balance. Below is information on how to check the balance on the three most popular visa gift cards: The Vanilla visa card, the Simon visa card, and Gift Card Mall visa card.

Vanilla Visa Gift Card
You can check your gift card balance online for free at or call customer service at 1-800-571-1376

Simon Visa Gift Card
You can check your gift card balance online at

Gift Card Mall Visa Gift Card
You can check your gift card balance online at or call 1-866-397-9763.

When do Gift Cards expire

Retailer gift cards should have no expiration date unless one is listed on the reverse side of the card. Most gift cards do not have an expiration date.

Credit card gift cards typically do have expiration dates. VISA after one year, MasterCard gift cards after 24 months, according to's annual survey of gift cards. American Express gift cards have no expiration date but impose a $2 monthly service fee after 12 months (the service fee is deducted from the balance on the card). These cards also typically have activation fees.

Are Free Gift Card Offers for real?

Here is how it works.

Company X sends you an invite. You signup and then you have to complete a series of offers.

You register at a website and company X gets a $1.00 commission.

You sign up for a Netflix trial offer and company X gets a $2.00 commission.

You signup for an automotive insurance review - and get emails or phone calls.

You signup for more offers and more and more.....

Once you signup for enough offers where company X has now made 40 bucks - they send you a 20 dollar gift card. However, you also have all these other offers you had to sign up for, cancel, get email from, get calls from etc.

With your time and your email address you work for the "free" gift card.

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    • maceemiller123 profile image


      5 years ago

      Thankyou. As my new lens shows, i love ebay :)

    • mywebcontent profile image


      7 years ago

      This is an informative lens!

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      Wendy Leanne 

      7 years ago from Texas

      I never knew about this. Very interesting.

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      8 years ago

      Just a great information! Very informative.

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      8 years ago

      I recommend using Gift Card Rescue to sell your gift cards. They also have a great variety of discount gift cards all of the time.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! This can come handy, everyone eventually get stuch with an useless gifcard. I didn't know there was places to trade them.

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      flowski lm 

      9 years ago

      I think trading gift cards is a good idea. You don't always have a good match, like if you win one, thanks.


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