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Struggling to tick the names off your holiday shopping wish list? Are too many people on your Christmas list difficult to buy for? Gift cards might be your answer. And, luckily, ’tis the season for discounted gift cards.
You can find gift cards for everything from book stores and restaurants to movie theaters and gas stations.
And for those names on your Christmas list that a truly fussy, you can purchase generic gift cards from American Express and other credit card companies. Those difficult-to-buy-for folks, then, can spend their gift-card cash on anything they want. Let them figure out what they want in their stockings this year.
The good news is that buying gift cards is easier than ever.
You don’t have to travel to a certain store to buy a card. Instead, you can order your cards online. If you do it right, you might be able to wrap up all your holiday shopping without ever leaving the comfort of your pajamas and bedroom.
To make life even easier, you can find many online sites that offer gift cards on the cheap.
That’s right, you can buy a $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble for $15. You might find a $20 Starbucks card being offered for $10 or a Sears gift card on sale for just $35 even though its face value is $50.
Discounted gift cards, in fact, have become big business online.
How They Work:
Gift card discounters generally buy their gift cards used.
This doesn’t mean that the cards have lost some of their value. It just means that someone received a gift card for a store or service that this person didn’t like. The recipient, instead of gritting his or her teeth and spending the gift card anyway, decided to sell the card to an online discounter.
That discounter, because it paid less than face value for the gift card, can then offer it to you, also for less than face value, and still make a profit.
You do have to be careful, though, when it comes to shopping for discounted gift cards.
- You want to make sure that the gift card site that you are considering has a returns policy.
- You want to be able to return a card, and get a refund, if that card comes with fewer dollars on it than advertised.
- You also want to work with a discount gift card site that has a phone number attached to it.
- You want to be able to communicate with the people behind the site in case something goes wrong.
- If the site with which you are working only offers an e-mail address, you might find your messages disappearing into a black hole, especially when they are “Help me!” messages.
If you do your research, though, you might find that online discount gift card sites are a great way to target everyone on your shopping list without having to spend a fortune to do so.
Here are some of the more popular Web sites offering discounted gift cards:
Groupon.com: Groupon.com is one of the newer entries in the discounted gift card sweepstakes. But it’s a strong player. Depending upon in which city you live, you’ll also find discounts on everything from shopping sprees to restaurant meals to theater and sporting event tickets.
MonsterGiftCard.com: This site looks cheesy, but it’s actually filled with great discounted gift cards. On a recent visit, the site offered gift cards from Marshalls, Williams-Sonoma, Lowe’s, Brooks Brothers and Bloomingdale’s.
SlickDeals: At this site, you can find tons of discounted gift cards and other offers.
ABCGiftCards.com: This, site, too, allows you to both buy and sell gift cards. Selling your cards is a good way to earn some extra holiday spending money.