Generally speaking, most of us get gifts throughout the year. I get presents and gifts on my birthday and at Christmas. I can remember when I was younger how I would often times get a gift from a member of my family where I'd look and say...uhh what? Of course (I'm sure you do the same thing), I'd smile and pretend like it was an awesome gift, even though I'd find a hard time seeing myself wearing a sweater with a wolf howling on it. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with howling wolves on your shirt, but it wasn't my cup of tea back in the day.
One of the benefits of today's technology is the invention of the gift card. Now if you don't know what to get, you can purchase a gift card instead so you won't end up buying a present that gets regifted, or used primarily in the basement. While it is nice to get presents, gift cards are nice as well. I stumbled across this article on the Wall Street Journal website that talks about gift cards and how you can buy them at a discount. Often times people get gift cards they will not use and end up selling them online for less than what they are worth. There are actually two websites that allow you to do this. I don't know about you, but if I know I am going to be shopping somewhere and I can get extra cash from the place at no charge to me, I'll jump on it. Here are the websites.
Plastic Jungle is a website that not only lets you buy gift cards at a discounted price, but you can also sell them as well for up to ninety two percent of the balance. There is no cost for shipping, so the card is actually what the listing price is. Do you have a gift card hanging around that you will probably never use? You may want to check out the site. You can turn the card into cash without much hassle at all. I shudder at the thought of thinking about Christmas, but this could be a good way to grab a few more items at no cost to you. Or, you can give the gift card to someone for a present and they'll never know how much you spent on the card. They don't get an ugly sweater, and you save money. Win win!
Giftcards.com is a site that allows you to buy full priced gift cards and do different things with them, like personalizing them with your own pictures and what not. It comes out like a visa debit card, which allows you to use the card for essentially whatever you'd like. The site also includes a section where people have posted their giftcards for a discounted price, much like Plastic Jungle. They have gift cards from places like 1-800 flowers.com, American Eagle, Dick's Sporting Goods and many others. There's a vast selection of cards to choose from, and each card is guarenteed to work.
All in all, we all want to save money here and there, and extra money on a gift card is a definite plus. I encourage you to check out the websites the next time you want to buy a gift card, or use the card to save yourself a few bucks.
Do you use gift cards?