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Ann Haney: How to exchange gift cards

Ann Haney • Updated Sep 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Have you ever received a gift card you knew you’d never use? If so, you are not alone. 

Gift cards make easy gifts, but they often don’t meet the need of the individual for whom you are buying them. Reasons range from they don’t shop there, don’t eat there or just don’t need anything from that store. 

Whatever the reason, an unused gift card is money wasted. However, with sites like cardpool.com and numerous others, gift card recipients can trade in their unused gift cards for cash or exchange. The sites allow you to sell your card offering you multiple payment options including cash, check, PayPal, amazon.com gift cards or company credit. Some will even allow you to exchange one gift card for another. 

When buying a gift card, look for sites that offer large discounts. Sites vary in their benefits, and it pays to shop around. Most will offer a 100-percent guarantee of the cards’ value and use. If, for some reason, you stumble across a card that shows up a zero balance after purchase, these sites will make it good, guaranteeing you get what you paid for. They can do this multiple ways, some choosing to replace it with another card of your choice. 

All this said, how do you know which sites are creditable sites to purchase gift cards on? Here is a list of the 2017 top gift card exchange sites:

cardpool.com

giftcardgin.com

raise.com

giftcardswapping.com

cardcash.com

Some things to be on the lookout for include biggest inventory and search options, a guarantee, percent of discount, customer support, free shipping, no fees, no expiration date and maximizing returns. Do your homework before you buy, but never let an unused gift card take up wallet space when you can turn it into cash or credit. 

Gift card buying is still one of the easiest gifts to give, and with sites like those mentioned, you no longer have to worry about giving an unusable gift or receiving one. Shopping for gift cards just got easier. 

Ann Haney is a mother to six entrepreneurial-minded children, ordained minister, CEO of Aaron Publishing, founder of Ann Haney Ministries and Living In Abundance, nationwide motivational speaker, coupon specialist, empowerment coach and bestselling author of 20 published products, including her books, “Judgment Overruled,” “Exploding Into Successful Entrepreneurship,” “Single Steps In A Married World” and “Changing Your Life Through Couponing Financial Empowerment Series.” Ann Haney ministry’s vision is helping women know the root of their challenge and deliver them from the death grip it holds on their life by surfacing their inner beauty and confidence, helping young people discover their God-given purpose and pursue it with passion, helping men and women learn to use the resources available to them to overcome their circumstances and helping those recovering from life’s choices and challenges receive second chances without condemnation. Contact Ann at ann@annhaney.com to schedule a speaking engagement, individual coaching or view her website for more information at annhaney.com.

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