Tuesday, July 19, 2011
A gift card would seem to be the perfect gift. The person receiving the gift may go buy whatever they like, but at a specific stored picked by the giver. This all seems like a good idea, however many gift cards go unclaimed, which means the stores are winning and we as buyers are losing out. All our friends or family end up with is a plastic card, and where is the fun in that?
There are a few problems with gift card, which make them less than the perfect gift. For one, if the giver does not know the stores the receiver shops, than the receiver may end up with a gift card to a store they never shop at. Second, these tiny plastic cards can become lost or hidden in the back of ones wallet. Finally, the receiver always ends up paying more than the card is worth, which makes it less of gift and more of an expense.
However, as long as these trendy little cards are around people will be giving them as gifts, but luckily there is a solution to using any unwanted gift cards. There is now a pretty nifty website called Card Swap that allows you to buy, sell and trade gift cards.
This site pretty much does it all when it comes to gift cards. I’m impressed with the site and the convenience it provides. Not only does it allow you to purchase gift cards, to stores you want to shop at, but it allows you to purchase those cards at a discount. Additionally, this site allows you to trade in any unwanted gift cards for cash. So, if you have any gift cards to stores you will not be shopping at you can get 90% of the cash value back. This means gifts no longer go to waste, and you will not be forced to spend more at the store when your purchase total is higher than that of the gift card. The site also offers other features, such as the option to donate unwanted gift cards to charity. I will definitely be using this site in the future for both buying and selling gift cards.