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Old 01-04-2017, 02:22 PM
 
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Is it possible to use an Amazon.com gift card (a physical card) for anything besides Amazon.com? I think you can't but I wanted to make sure. Somebody gave me one but I really need other stuff from Target.

Why do people often say gift cards are not good gifts? It might be because they are impersonal, or show a lack of thought, or people don't like using them or they don't work. Or people use 5% of it and get the change back in cash, which is not very Christmasy.
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Old 01-04-2017, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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No. Gift cards from one particular store can't be used at another store. But you can try this: https://www.cardcash.com/
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Old 01-04-2017, 02:29 PM
 
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Followup: When I've used a physical gift card in a store, they gave me back the change in cash. Are there any cases where they will only leave the change on the card?
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Old 01-04-2017, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Left coast
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Is it possible to use an Amazon.com gift card (a physical card) for anything besides Amazon.com? I think you can't but I wanted to make sure. Somebody gave me one but I really need other stuff from Target.

Why do people often say gift cards are not good gifts? It might be because they are impersonal, or show a lack of thought, or people don't like using them or they don't work. Or people use 5% of it and get the change back in cash, which is not very Christmasy.
You can get almost anything from Target on Amazon too- and since its a gift- any difference in price should be minimal- they have Prime Pantry for household supplies...
(also Amazon Prime is a flat $99 yearly fee for unlimited shipping, so if you have to buy gifts for people all over the country, it pays for itself pretty quickly- as well as tons of free videos/ movies/ music/ books for online viewing- its as good as Netflix plus its included)...
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Old 01-04-2017, 03:36 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Followup: When I've used a physical gift card in a store, they gave me back the change in cash. Are there any cases where they will only leave the change on the card?
Yep.
I have several cards - for stores and restaurants - that are carrying a balance.
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Old 01-04-2017, 09:52 PM
 
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Followup: When I've used a physical gift card in a store, they gave me back the change in cash. Are there any cases where they will only leave the change on the card?
I don't know of any store that gives change from a gift card back in cash.

I know in some states the stores are required to if the customer requests, and the card is under a certain amount, but they wont do it automatically. Stores want you to keep money on the gift card so that you return and spend more money in the store or so you forget about the money.
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Old 01-05-2017, 02:08 PM
 
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I just used a gift card at a big chain restaurant and they said they have to give back the change on the card, unless it's a small amount (might be ten dollars). Then they can give the change in cash.

Coinstar machines allow you to insert a gift card and convert it to cash, but it's only for certain stores. Amazon is not one of them.
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Old 01-05-2017, 03:10 PM
 
Location: League City
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I keep a balance on an Amazon card to order occasional items online since you don't need to expose your credit card when ordering online. I just buy the Amazon cards at the local drug store.

Amazon is massive. It is very likely you can find whatever you need on Amazon online. Let's say the stuff you want from Target is not a Target item, but it's produced by Brand A. It's highly likely you can find Brand A products on Amazon.
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Old 01-06-2017, 02:06 PM
 
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Update: I went to a Coinstar machine and you select which company the gift card is for. Amazon.com is one of them.

I think there is a fee for redeeming a gift card.
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Old 01-06-2017, 04:10 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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How much is it for, and how much do you want for it?
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