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Old 09-10-2017, 09:31 AM
 
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I only get them for places that you can't get a discount like ticket master. Otherwise, they're often more trouble than it's worth.
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Old 09-10-2017, 08:17 PM
 
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I watch the RiteAid ads each week and if there is a discounted gift card for a place I normally shop, I buy the gift card. It doesn't make me run out and buy junk I don't need. I just used a discounted Lowe's gift card yesterday, for items I needed and would buy there anyway.

Around Christmas and a couple other holidays, the grocery stores around here run deals on gift cards, where you get $100 in gift cards for $90 or something like that. Amazon is usually one of the options, and there is no limit to how many you can buy. I usually buy more than one, go home and load the balance onto my Amazon account, and then spend it as I need it. Free money, as far as I am concerned, but I don't feel like I need to spend it quickly or on items I don't need.
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Old 09-10-2017, 08:19 PM
 
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Lowes and Home Depot have started matching store/merchandise credits with people's drivers license. Therefore, if you make a return without a receipt, they will ask for your ID and the merchandise credit given will be linked to your ID. When it is used, the cashier will ask for an ID that must match what is in the system. It kinda sucks because over the course of a large remodel, someone may have a child, spouse, parent or contractor return something. It all started because thieves were stealing stuff, returning without a receipt and selling the credits. I remember years ago looking on Craigslist and seeing $400-500 cards being sold for a 20%+ discount.
I am glad some merchants are trying to crack down on this. Years ago, I started buying Petsmart gift cards on eBay. It didn't take me long to figure out that they were the result of stolen merchandise being "returned" for store credit. I tracked a couple of sellers and saw that they had these cards/credits for sale all the time. It made me feel sick, and I stopped buying them.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Some of the heavy gift card sellers are legit- they buy and sell in order to take advantage of credit card point promotional offers. It's known as 'manufactured spending' in those circles.
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