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Gift Cards For the Holidays

Why People Hate on Gift Cards

I was amused to read an article in Slate about the evils of gift cards because I coincidentally recently talked to a friend about her gift card fiasco. I've also previously talked about the ways cash trumps gift cards and suggested some cute ways to dress up your present of cold, hard cash. So if you're thinking about giving someone special a gift card for the holidays, read some of the arguments against them before buying one.

  • Spend More: Most people tend to go over the limit, because sometimes the amount is not enough for what they actually want from the store or they're buying something they won't necessarily spend money on just to use up the gift card.
  • Dose of Guilt: If your gift card expires, you'll feel a healthy dose of guilt about wasting money and maybe blame yourself for forgetting.
  • Bothersome Hiccups: Be aware that you'll face bumps that you won't get with cash. My friend suffered a bunch of hiccups because the salesman accidentally rang the card up twice. She then proceeded to have to go through customer service, who said they couldn't do anything about it. This resulted in going back and forth between the store and the gift card issuer, which took up a lot of time and energy.
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lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
try this for getting rid of unwanted gift cards and for buying tham at a discount i've never used it, just saw it advertised before christmas.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
Another one here who loves gift cards! Any cash I get goes to savings or bills. But gift cards are the equivalent of saying, "Here, Jen, treat yourself to something from this store that you normally don't go to because you can't justify spending the money. Have fun!"
Rjs-baby-girl Rjs-baby-girl 6 years
I like getting gift cards. I'd rather have a gift card then something I don't like or never going to use.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I love gift cards. I can get what I really want, and I can put the gift cards towards larger purchases to save myself some money off of items I really want. Plus, I can put them towards things I may not have otherwise spent money on for msyelf such as using a spa gift card for a massage. I would be happy to only receive gift cards as long as they are to places I like to shop or receive services.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 6 years
I love getting them and love giving them.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
I love getting gift cards. They are really good gifts, especially to stores you'd like to shop in, but are without funds for.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I love getting gift cards and have never had a problem. Although I can see that some hassle might be involved. The only time I don't like it is if someone happens to get me one to a place I would never shop.
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