I am a HUGE fan of gift cards. We get one just about once a month from our credit card, especially now that we can add our rent to our card! So when I saw and ad for GiftCardRescue.com, I had to check it out. The thing I like most about this site and sites like it is that if you’re already planning on buying a gift card for someone else or you’re already planning on spending money at some place in particular, getting a gift card at a discount is FREE MONEY! And everybody loves free money. You can read more about the company here.
So here is how it works. Say your friend gives you a Wal-Mart gift card but you just so happen to believe that Wal-Mart is the evil empire and is hell-bent on destroying the livelihoods of all decent, hard-working Americans (this is definitely not my belief, but I know some people who feel that way). That’s where Gift Card Rescue steps in. You can sell your gift card to them and depending on how likely it is it can get sold, they’ll bid you a price up to 90% of the card value. Then you mail the card and once it gets sold, they send you the $$$. It’s all pretty straightforward and simple.
Then on the other end, you can buy cards at a discount. I’ve seen some discounts as high as 30%, although those are the less popular ones. But if you’re planning on gifting a Best Buy gift card, they have a bunch at 5% off. There are a bunch on there for H & M for 20% off. And so on. Obviously I’m not advocating spending just because of the discount. The company isn’t going anywhere. But like I said before, if you’re already planning on going to Target, Hobby Lobby, Best Buy, or any of the other ones they have on there, why not pay less?
A couple other things I like about Gift Card Rescue are:
1) Customer Service – Their customer service is prompt, unlike the majority of companies you’ll run into. You know the ones that reply instantly with something like, “We don’t really care about you, so give us a couple of days to get around getting back to you.” Trust me. I’ve worked in customer service. Those companies either have people in their customer service department who don’t care about their jobs or they don’t care enough to hire more reps. Anyway, I shot off an email to these guys and got an answer back in less than an hour.
2) Free shipping! Who doesn’t love free shipping? With Amazon upping their minimum purchase requirement from $25 to $35, it’s encouraging that you can at least get an Amazon gift card at a discount and with free shipping 🙂 I’ve seen other gift card exchanges where you have to pay a couple of bucks to ship the gift card, so instead of a 5% discount, you pay extra to get the card.
So there you have it. Check it out and tell me how you like it! Or if you don’t like it. I’m sure they would be interested in getting some good feedback either way. And if you’re madly in love with them and want to get updates and special offers, you can follow them here:
*For any new Wealth Gospel disciples, I don’t recommend having or using a credit card unless you can and do pay off the balance each month. Using credit cards otherwise is irresponsible and highly detrimental to your financial plan.