Where to Exchange Gift Cards for Cash

by Marcy on December 27, 2014 · 1 comment

where to exchange gift cards for cash

Where to Exchange Gift Cards for Cash

The holidays are winding down, and while I hope that you got everything that you wanted this holiday season, chances are good that you have at least one item that wasn’t on your favorites list. ;-) Gift cards are usually a welcome gift, but every now and then we all receive one that we won’t use – either because we don’t like the retailer or because there isn’t a location near us.

I used to think that I was stuck with those gift cards, but the good news is, you do have options! I knew that there were sites that allowed you to trade your gift cards for a gift card from a different retailer, but did you know that you can actually get cash for your unwanted gift cards?

Here are a few options for exchanging your unwanted gift cards for cash:

coinstar exchange trade gift cards for cash1) Coinstar Exchange: These yellow kiosks will give you a cash offer on your unwanted gift cards ($20 minimum balance) and if you accept, you will walk out the door with the cash in your pocket. Coinstar Exchange currently accepts gift cards from more than 150 well-known retailers. In Central Ohio, you can find Coinstar Exchange kiosks in Giant Eagle stores. Get more info and find a kiosk near you here.

2) Gift Card Granny: This site acts as a “hub” for buyers and sellers of gift cards. If you have gifts cards that you would like to sell, simply go to “Sell Gift Cards”, select your merchant and check out the offers available for your unwanted gift cards. After you have selected an offer, you will receive your cash within 3-7 days.  I have not personally used this site, but here is a snippet from their FAQ’s: Gift Card Granny only features gift card brokers that we know to be extremely trustworthy and reliable. I would use this site if you want to offload your gift card quickly and don’t mind taking a bit less for them.

3) CardCash: This website offers up to 92% of the value on your unwanted gift cards and they pay via PayPal, check or ACH deposit within 1-2 days after receipt of your gift card(s). If you have a gift card that is not listed on the CardCash site, you have the option of contacting them to see if they will purchase your card from you anyway. According to the CardCash website: CardCash is a long time trusted name in the gift card industry, and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. All transactions are safe and secure and are covered by PayPal or your credit cards buyer/seller protection policy.

cardcash walmart program

Speaking of CardCash, another option for Sam’s Club or Walmart shoppers is the new CardCash Program. This program allows you to exchange your unwanted gift cards for eGift Cards to Walmart and/or Sam’s Club. From your computer, enter the merchant name and card balance of your unwanted gift card, and in seconds you will be offered up to 97% of the face value of your card. Once your order is placed, your card balance will be verified and your eGift Card will be emailed to you in a printable format once your order has been approved. Approval time generally takes 1-2 hours but can take up to 24 hours.

What do you do with your unwanted gift cards? Have you ever  used any of these services? I would love to hear you experience in the comments below.

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1 Robert Wilson July 12, 2017 at 7:28 AM

Good point, You can also exchange here as well https://www.giftcardspread.com/sell-gift-cards

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