Monday, March 03, 2008

Use Your Gift Cards Quick...before they are worthless


I have never been a big fan of giving gift cards to loved ones. I always have felt them to be a bit impersonal. I understand that it gives the receiver freedom to get what they want. That being said, I like going to find that perfect gift for someone, even if it is something they have already asked for.

Some gift cards have to be used within a certain amount of time. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE! You spend the money for the gift card, why would anyone say it is invalid after a certain amount of time? My $100 bill does not lose its value after a year. Maybe I should give out cash if I am giving out gift cards. Then there really is no limitation other than the amount. They can shop wherever they want.

Then there are the gift cards that charge a percentage or an "upkeep fee." Ridiculous.

Here is the other big problem. If a company goes bankrupt, your gift card is WORTHLESS! Take a look at this article and how you can no longer use your sharper image gift cards. Sharper Image Gift Cards Useless

4 comments:

Josh Mann said...

i know that drives me nuts! Here's a crazy thing i didn't realize...unspent giftcard money goes to...drumroll...the government! I thought for sure when i buy $25 worth of gift card at best buy that even if it never gets spent that they net the $25, not so. Fascinating...

scraps_n_stuff said...

hi, i just came across your blog tonight, very funny! i too dislike gift cards, but my least favs are those "credit card" gift cards. if you don't spend the whole amount the first time you often can't figure out how to spend the rest!

whisper2 said...

what u say is true, fortunately in India most of the establishments honor the gift vouchers even after the expiry date,there are rare cases of businesses folding up.
whisper2anil.blogspot.com.

Folkestad said...

So sharper Image must read your blog :)
They are making a change... kinda... I guess its better than nothing! Just reading the news and thought of your blog, had to share.

have a good one

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