USPS Attempts To Fight Off Financial Disaster By Selling Gift Cards

USPS Attempts To Fight Off Financial Disaster By Selling Gift Cards

As the US Postal Service faces insolvency, the relic of a pre-internet world (and symbol/punch line for inefficiency and ineptitude) has come up with a really good idea for making some extra cash: Selling pre-paid AMEX, Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards. [More]

Use Up Your Blockbuster Gift Cards Before April 7, 2011

Use Up Your Blockbuster Gift Cards Before April 7, 2011

Do you have any Blockbuster Video gift cards lying around the house? Better find them and use them up soon, assuming that you can find a Blockbuster outlet. Multiple sources inside the company have let us know that those gift cards won’t be accepted after April 6, 2011 due to the company’s bankruptcy. [More]

Will Making Gift Cards Entirely Virtual Make Them Better?

Will Making Gift Cards Entirely Virtual Make Them Better?

We at Consumerist have long taken a stance against gift cards: they’re like giving someone a gift of cash, only with rules and limitations. What’s the point of that? There’s a whole secret economy in unused gift cards in America: up to 20% of the things are never used up. But some planned changes to gift cards could theoretically make them easier to spend and harder to lose. [More]

Do Gift Card Laws Keep My Groupons From Expiring?

Do Gift Card Laws Keep My Groupons From Expiring?

As Groupon continues to expand across the country into more and more markets, consumers are finding they’re not quite sure how to deal with this new beast when it comes to state laws governing coupons and gift certificates. [More]

Employee: Borders Is Making Us Push Loyalty Cards That May Be Worthless If Company Declares Bankruptcy

Employee: Borders Is Making Us Push Loyalty Cards That May Be Worthless If Company Declares Bankruptcy

Borders has struggled to pay publishers and may be facing bankruptcy. As a result, one employee is alleging the bookseller is getting desperate, ordering employees to encourage customers to buy loyalty cards that could lose all value if the company files Chapter 11. [More]

Barnes & Noble Bot: Your Order Is Canceled And You Get No Refund (Updated)

Barnes & Noble Bot: Your Order Is Canceled And You Get No Refund (Updated)

UPDATE: Barnes & Noble refunded Meghan’s money and gave her a $25 gift certificate. The original post follows: [More]

New Jersey Wants To Balance Budget With Your Gift Cards

New Jersey Wants To Balance Budget With Your Gift Cards

What would be even worse than losing the entire stored value of your gift cards after a few years? Having the state seize it as unclaimed property and use your money to pay its bills. [More]

Banana Republic Register Mishap Leaves You With Neither GIft Card Balance Nor Clothes

Banana Republic Register Mishap Leaves You With Neither GIft Card Balance Nor Clothes

The good news: There is a store that will accept American Express gift cards without even trying to throw you in jail. It’s Banana Republic. The bad news: A still-unexplained register problem left Andrew without the $90 remaining balance on his card or the items that he tried to purchase. [More]

Have You Had Trouble Using Best Buy Gift Cards Online?

Have You Had Trouble Using Best Buy Gift Cards Online?

In recent days, we’ve received numerous complaints from people who attempted to use Best Buy gift cards to make purchases on the store’s website, only to end up frustrated and trapped in BB’s byzantine customer service maze. [More]

What Will You Do With Your Gift Card Haul?

What Will You Do With Your Gift Card Haul?

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, odds are you’re a gift card or three richer than you were before. Perhaps your employer blanket-gifted the office with them in lieu of a year-end bonus, or maybe a friend or work contact slipped you one as a show of appreciation. [More]

You Meant A $15 Starbucks Gift Card, Not $50? That's Too Bad

You Meant A $15 Starbucks Gift Card, Not $50? That's Too Bad

It was an understandable mistake: Ann writes that she asked for a fifteen-dollar gift card from Starbucks. The person at the counter processed a fifty-dollar gift card instead. But the Starbucks point-of-sale system isn’t set up to handle this kind of unforeseen circumstance, so Ann is out fifty bucks for the next month or so while Starbucks customer service sorts this out. [More]

Borders Cancels My Order, Makes My Coupon And Borders Bucks Disappear

Borders Cancels My Order, Makes My Coupon And Borders Bucks Disappear

Equipped with a coupon and store credit, Scott thought he was in a great position when he placed an order on Borders.com. But a snafu left Scott empty handed, with his order canceled, his balance drained and his coupon vanished. [More]

This Chipotle Gift Card Is Kinda Chuckle-Worthy

This Chipotle Gift Card Is Kinda Chuckle-Worthy

You can say what you want about Chipotle’s food, but whoever put together the legalese on the back of their gift cards has a pretty good sense of humor. [More]

If You Want An Apple Store Gift Card, Don't Order It Online

If You Want An Apple Store Gift Card, Don't Order It Online

We at The Consumerist are known for our anti-gift card stance, but sometimes you find yourself in a situation where a gift is required and cash seems tacky. Vivian writes that she got an Apple gift card for her sister as a nice present, and it disappeared from her sister’s mailbox. Unlike other high-value items that they sell, Apple mails gift cards using U.S. Postal Service first class mail, and someone stole and spent the card. [More]

Home Depot Won't Let Me Use My Electronic Gift Certificate Without Printout

Home Depot Won't Let Me Use My Electronic Gift Certificate Without Printout

Lucas saved up his credit card reward points to buy a Home Depot eGift Card with the understanding that he only needed the number to make a purchase. A Home Depot clerk denied his purchase, insisting she needed to see a physical copy. [More]

Xbox Live Marketplace Card Already Used, Even Though It Was Opened Only Moments Ago

Xbox Live Marketplace Card Already Used, Even Though It Was Opened Only Moments Ago

Tyler says that on four different occasions now, the Xbox Live points and subscription cards he’s bought have been invalid when he redeems them. He had a friend at Gamestop help him out with the invalid subscription card, but he’s stuck with useless paper when it comes to the points cards. [More]

Radio Shack Screws Up My Pre-Order, Threatens To 'Burn' My Gift Card

Radio Shack Screws Up My Pre-Order, Threatens To 'Burn' My Gift Card

Corey pre-ordered a phone at RadioShack, placing a whopping $50 down on the handset of his dreams. Once the phone came in, the clerk couldn’t find a way to sell him the phone without charging an extra $200. When Corey withdrew his order, the clerk told him he’d “burn” the $50 gift card as a result. [More]

Target Sells Facebook Gift Cards

Target Sells Facebook Gift Cards

This holiday season, give the gift of Mafia Wars addiction with Facebook gift cards from Target. [More]