Now more than ever, retailers are offering gift cards at a discount. In this economy, I expect to see lots of discounted gift cards as we approach the holiday season. Retailers need an influx of cash, and need to bring shoppers into their doors into the new year as well. So this is a great way to do it.
You can bid on or buy gift cards on Ebay. There are plenty of people out there who have received a gift card, and just really need the cash. So you may be surprised at how many you can find. I’ve done it, and been happy with it. But there are things to look out for.
1. Check satisfaction rating of the seller.
2. If the card has been carried around in someone’s wallet for a long time, and looks worn, it may not be so good for a gift. But works perfectly for you to use to purchase a gift.
When buying on ebay, Watch for ridiculous shipping fees. There’s a fewodd ones on there.
Another great way to find gift cards on the resale market is to check your local paper, or resale paper. This one eliminates the risk considerably. If you buy from a private seller locally, you can see if the card is in good condition. And bring your cell phone, and call the merchant on the back of the card, and check the balance before you buy. Plus you can haggle with the seller.
A quick and easy place to find lots of merchants offering discounted gift cards is through my sister site, www.TeriToday.com. In Teri’s Advantage, you can create a free log in to access all kinds of deals. After you’re logged in, type “gift cards” in the search field, and you’ll see lots of discounted or free cards to choose from. Most of the cards can be purchased on line at significant discounts, and with free shipping for the cards.
Unexpected bonuses… A few weeks ago, I bought two 8.99 razors on sale at Target for 6.99 each. I used 2 coupons for $4 each, and got a $5 Target gift card that I can use to buy gifts. In essence, the razors cost 50 cents each by stacking the deals: sale + coupons + $5 giftcard = great savings for holiday shopping.
Free gift cards! Yes, free! Keep an eye out for drugstores that periodically offer a $25 gift card for transferring a prescription. And you’ll be amazed at how many great gift options you can find at drugstores, especially during the holidays, toys, perfume, watches,and more!