Online Gift Card Repurchasing: Reliable or Not?

March 27th, 2013 by No comments »

gift cardMost people buy gift cards for others with the mentality the recipient will be able to find something they like – but unfortunately that optimistic perspective isn’t always reality. Plenty of people receive gift cards they know they won’t use or flat out don’t want, but don’t know what do with them. While asking friends and family if they’re interested in purchasing an unwanted card is an option, a number of websites offer gift card purchasing and reselling services.

How it Works

Sellers: Say you’ve won a $100 Cabela’s gift card from a drawing at work, but you don’t like Cabela’s and/or don’t live near one. Although you could spend time browsing their online selection, you’d rather have money instead. So, you find a gift card buyback site. They might offer you $80 or $90 for the card, so you decide to send it in and you get a check in return. Note that most sites require sold gift cards to be worth at least $25. Some sites even offer Amazon credit or let you trade your gift card in for another one.

Buyers: You’re looking to save some extra money on purchases and heard about gift card resell websites. You decide to check one out and notice you can get a KMart gift card for 10% off retail price, which essentially is the same thing as saving 10% at the store – only the gift card is treated as cash, so you can use other coupons on top of that for even more savings. You purchase it and wait for the plastic gift card to come in the mail or the eGift card code to come to your email inbox.

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Valentine’s Day 2013: 5 Gift Ideas You Can’t Go Wrong With

February 11th, 2013 by No comments »

Valentine’s Day is this Thursday, and maybe you’ve got “pick up flowers and a card” on this week’s to-do list, but you don’t want to wait until the last minute to pick our something special for your date. In addition, although everyone likes gifts, it’s much more rewarding and appreciated when you take the time to put together something meaningful instead of just purchasing a stereotypical gift because you feel you had to.

Although some think gift cards are too impersonal, there are ways to make them special – it just takes a little effort and framing. In fact, one of the best gifts is the gift of choice, especially if you’re the one who tends to make plans. Instead of plopping a gift certificate in a card and just writing your name on the inside, take the time to write your Valentine a special message. This could be emphasizing how your gift was based on the desire to do something together, and you’re giving them the opportunity to choose the outing. The best part about e-gift cards is there’s little to no wait time for delivery, as they are usually emailed within a few hours.

Since your sweethearts probably have varying tastes, we’ve got various gift ideas to choose from. If you really want to make a good impression and purchase something that will help build your relationship, here are our suggestions:

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How To Win Free Amazon Gift Cards and iTunes Gift Cards Using Google Alerts

January 24th, 2013 by No comments »

Who doesn’t like free stuff? Whether it’s free stuff your Aunt Tess decides to unload on you from her attic or if it’s actually something you want, getting free stuff has a certain charm to it.

Winning a gift card from Amazon pretty much gives you access to buy anything you want in the world (there are people who get toilet paper off of Amazon, no joke). If you have ears you’ll probably also agree that an iTunes gift card can be a pretty fantastic thing. So now that we’ve agreed that getting this free stuff is good, how does one go about getting it?

Disclaimer: It won’t cost you money, but it will cost you a little time.

Every day bloggers and websites giveaway tens of hundreds of free things. Many of them require little to no effort to enter their contests. So what if you took a few minutes each day or each week and entered a bunch of giveaways for these highly desirable items? Chances are that you’d win some pretty nice prizes if you put some time in.
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Congratulations to Our Contest Winners!

December 17th, 2012 by No comments »

Both our contests are now over and now it’s time to announce the winners.

The $250 prize for the most video votes goes to Video 3!

And for concrete proof, here is a screen shot of the video votes at the contest deadline:

GiftZip contest

As for the $25 Fandango gift card, we assigned all the commenters a number and chose randomly from the entries. The winner of that prize is Erin!

Congratulations to the winners (we will be contacting you soon) and thanks to everyone who took the time to enter!

We wish you all Happy Holidays, and we hope you think of GiftZip if you need a gift at the last minute or something for that ‘hard to buy for’ person on your gift list.


Tell Us About Your Favorite Commercial and Win a $25 Fandango Gift Card!

November 20th, 2012 by 2 comments »

That’s right. Along with the second round of our contest, we are offering YOU a chance to win a $25 Fandango gift card. So what do you have to do? Don’t worry – it’s easy – just tell us about your favorite GiftZip commercial and you’re entered!


Here are the steps:

1. Go to the Pick Your Favorite GiftZip Commercial post.

2. View the videos.

3. Vote for your favorite video.

4. Leave us a comment on that post about what video you chose and why – and be creative! Be sure to leave a valid email so we know how to contact you if you win. Any comments left on this post will not be counted.

UPDATE: If your comment doesn’t post right away after you click “submit,” don’t worry! We have a spam filter and must approve all comments before they will show up. If you posted a comment and you don’t see it up after 48 hours (or 72 on weekends) tweet @GiftZip.

Fine Print:

-Must be a U.S. Citizen, age 18 or older

-The deadline for voting/commenting is 12pm EST on Dec. 12th, 2012.

-One entry allowed per person

Pick Your Favorite GiftZip Commercial

November 14th, 2012 by 22 comments »

Recently GiftZip had a contest where we asked our fans to whip up a commercial explaining the benefits of GiftZip e gift cards and we received a whole bunch of amazing work. Picking a winner was so tough, our judges mulled over the winner for hours. But picking one winner didn’t seem entirely fair considering how good the submissions were, so we thought we’d offer another chance to win. This time, we’re opening the voting to the public. The winner of this round of the competition will receive a $250 gift card to the GiftZip retailer of their choice. So watch all of the entries below and vote on your favorite!

Votes will be counted until 12pm EST on Dec. 12th

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

Video 4

Video 5

Vote here

Our first voting mechanism had some difficulties, so we will be using this one. You are able to vote once per video.

Rules and such

  • It’s simple really – don’t cheat. We retain the right to disqualify entrants for any behavior we deem to be misleading, fraudulent, offensive, or in violation of contest rules.
  • We will select one winner, announced on Dec. 21st, once you’ve been notified, just tell us which GiftZip retailer you’d like a $250 gift card for and we’ll get it to you ASAP.

Congratulations To Our Video Contest Winner

November 5th, 2012 by No comments »

The entries were received and the winner has been chosen in our GiftZip video contest. We received several excellent entries, but there could be only one winner of the $500 gift card reward, and that winning video can be seen below:

More chances to win coming soon!

Stay tuned, our contestants will be having another chance to win soon…so check back over the next couple of weeks to see the other amazing entries so you can compare your favorite with our judges.

Enter Our GiftZip Video Contest For a Chance at 500 Dollars in Gift Cards!

October 17th, 2012 by No comments »

You’re here, so there’s no doubt that you’ve heard about us, but you might have some questions…Who are we? What do we do? What do we offer? Why should anyone use GiftZip? We’re asking YOU to help us tell our story!

Need a cheat sheet? Let us tell you a little bit about ourselves: is simple, fast, and completely free. We are a one stop shop for finding a last minute gift or as a more efficient way of sending or gifting eGift Cards. No catches, no hidden fees — just here to save you time and energy on your shopping list without leaving the comfort of your home.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it:

Create an entertaining commercial that’s less than 1 minute showcasing GiftZip and our service. Your videos should be focused on the advantages of using GiftZip, how quick and easy it is, the selection of our retailers, etc. For more information on how GiftZip works, visit our website.

We created a video of our own to show you an example of what we’re looking for, which you can check out below. And remember, we never said we were great at acting…

Rules and Eligibility

  • Submit a video in response to ours on the GiftZipTube YouTube Channel that is no longer than 1 minute that helps answer the question, “Why use GiftZip?”
  • The target time is 45 seconds to 1 minute. Videos that exceed 1 minute will not be eligible to win.
  • Upload the video to YouTube and tag the video “Why GiftZip?” so we’ll be sure to see it. You can also send us a link via Twitter, @GiftZip
  • You must be 18 years or older to win. We ask that the video remains free of vulgar language. All videos not suitable for all ages will be disqualified.
  • All videos must be submitted by 12:00pm on October 31st, 2012. .
  • A panel of GiftZip employees will select a winner to be announced on November 2nd, 2012.
  • Winning video will be judged on creativity, message and “convinciblity.”
  • The winning video will receive $500.00 in a gift card of your choice from

Gift Cards: That’s Some Heavy Spending! (Infographic)

October 8th, 2012 by No comments »

Gift Card Weight Infographic (thumbnail)A single gift card is hardly noticeable when held in the hand or carried in the pocket.  Collectively, however, the 200 million gift cards sold annually in the United States add up to quite a hefty weight.  Check out this infographic to see just exactly what 200 million plastic gift cards could “buy” you if they were exchanged on weight alone. » Read more: Gift Cards: That’s Some Heavy Spending! (Infographic)

Why GiftZip?

September 26th, 2012 by No comments »

It’s quite obvious we love gift cards. They’re convenient, easy to use, and one of the best presents to give and receive. We looked to our friends at the following gift card sites that offer great services such as trading gift cards, buying them for discounted prices and selling them back for cash. We like their style, we really do. But with GiftZip, we deliver your eGift Card instantaneously via email. So when you realize your competitive coworker bought your boss a fruit basket for his birthday, you can one-up them in a matter of minutes by emailing him or her a gift card for nearly any amount to one of over 290 retailers. Check out what these other sites have to offer:

Gift Card Granny: This site is a great source for finding gift cards for your favorite retailers and restaurants at a discount price. Need a gift, but not sure what to get? Did your mom buy you a gift card to a clothing store you no longer like, but are too afraid to tell her? Gift Card Granny allows you to sell your unwanted gift cards for cash or purchase a gift card at discounted prices. Sounds perfect! Though great for the aforementioned circumstances, because Gift Card Granny is simply a hub for gift cards for sale, you might have to head over to eBay and auction with other deal hunters. If you’re in a hurry, it’s definitely not a time saver. In addition, unlike eGift Cards sold at GiftZip, a majority of the cards for sale are plastic. That means having to wait a few days for the card to come in the mail. Definitely not ideal for that last minute gift.

iCARD: Extremely similar to GiftZip, iCARD allows the gift giver to send an electronic certificate to the recipient to one of their many retailers OR to the website in general. That certificate has a code which can be entered on the website and the amount gifted can be spent at any of the retailers iCARD is affiliated with. That way, the gift recipient has a designated amount and can pick out which retailer she’d like to spend it at themselves. Though a great idea for last minute gifts, we found this process to be similar to giving cash. If you think that your friend, family remember, or coworker is better off picking something out themselves, but you haven’t a clue what store they’d be interested in, wouldn’t an envelope of cash be just as useful?

Gift Card Rescue: Similar to iCARD, Gift Card Rescue allows you to sell your unwanted or unused gift cards. They will provide you offers indicating how much they will pay for the card. Simply choose the exchange offer and complete the transaction. You must then mail them the gift card, wait for them to receive it, verify the amount, and then you’ll get your cash. The problem? They only accept plastic gift cards. And plus, it doesn’t help you out when you’re in need of a gift within a matter of minutes or hours!

Cardpool: Another Buy/Sell gift card site. Cardpool connects all the gift card holders around the world to create a trading post, if you will, where you can buy, sell, or trade gift cards. You’ll get what you want, whether it’s a discounted gift card (up to 35%), an exchange for a different card than you currently own, or a cash exchange (up to 92% of face value). The selection of retailers is extensive, however often out of stock. When you have to wait for a gift card that you want to become available, it defeats the purpose of a last minute gift.