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Can you return gift cards?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
My nephew got a $200 gift card from his dad.

Best Buy.

$200.


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I've decided for him that he should return it. But can you? Has anyone tried this?
post #2 of 27
in general, you can't return gift cards if you're the recipient
post #3 of 27
A company sells a gift card for $10 and this card allows for a $10 worth of credit in their store. That gift card costs the company $x.xx to make and another $xx.xx to advertise + the cost of shelf space (big money in places like bestbuy, the Point Of Sale [POS] and storefront are where you see them, both of those are very expensive places)

companies take this loss because they have your $10 in cash and you have $10 worth of credit, they took that loss because you now have to spend that $10 in their store and that gaurantee's(sp?) any profit of that $10 will be theirs.

in short, no returning a gift card ruins the point of gift cards
post #4 of 27
I think I saw somewhere online that allowed you to sell/trade gift cards. not sure where though.
post #5 of 27
yeah people sell em all the time on ebay.
post #6 of 27
Actually, if the cashier is able to give you a gift receipt for it, you most certainly can return a Gift Card. I have a Gift Card with a Gift Receipt, but I am planning on using the Gift Card
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by ricardo diaz
I've decided for him that he should return it.
Is this really your decision? If my UNCLE told me I had to return a gift that came from my FATHER, I'd look at him really funny before just walking away shaking my head. Maybe there are other circumstances here we don't know about, but damn man.

However, if you are actually serious why not put it on the for/sale forum here or on Craigslist in your area. Many people would love this item.

Usually the way I've seen it work, is a gift card is sold for slightly less than the value on the card. So if it's $200, try selling it for $190.
post #8 of 27
Yeah, the gift is between the father and the son, and anyway, I'd rebel on the grounds that no uncle decides for me what I'm going to do.

I say let them live their lives and don't create any artificial family feuds. You don't want to be that annoying know-it-all jerk who sticks his nose where it's not welcome, do you?

I know, I know, better audio can be found elsewhere, but just let it be. Trust me, it's less stressful that way.

And I've not heard of ever being able to return a gift card.
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
Well, his father is an idiot who doesn't even bother paying child support...


Meh. WHATEVZ, y0. I guess you're right. It's still his dad. Plus, he might get some games, DVDs, and maybe his own wireless card for a laptop that he/his mother/sister never use!

That or the collector's edition of W=-OW (aka W[AIM Shocked Face]W, WoW, and/or World of Warcraft) so he can get a pet Panda. 8-)

Then I'll just ebay the old verion of W=-OW for him.


PS. Can you get cash-back on gift cards?
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by ricardo diaz

PS. Can you get cash-back on gift cards?
God you're a miserable, tight git
post #11 of 27
I don't get it, what's wrong with a $200 gift card to Best Buy?

I mean, damn, it isn't hi-fi audio central.. but there are many cool things you can get at BB.
post #12 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PinkFloyd
God you're a miserable, tight git


hahaha
Don't get fresh with me!
post #13 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by ricardo diaz
hahaha
Don't get fresh with me!
OK I'll get stale with you instead..... I believe you can get money back if you pay with gift cards BTW but you couldn't buy something for $1 and get $199 back you'd probably have to spend close to $200 and you'd get the small amount of change in cash. <at least it worked that way with an ARGOS voucher>
post #14 of 27
hmmm $200 at BB. Definitely not somewhere I'd buy equipment but I'd go buck wild on DVD's and CD's with that money.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by brian183
hmmm $200 at BB. Definitely not somewhere I'd buy equipment but I'd go buck wild on DVD's and CD's with that money.
There seems to be some good stuff available at Best Buy I could certainly blow $200 there quite easily....... headphones are on special offer at the moment in their "accessories" section.
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