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A Quick Guide to Gift Cards

Gift cards are the perfect idea for when you're short on time to get someone a gift, you've forgotten a special day or occasion, you're unsure of what to get, or you're shopping for that hard-to-shop-for loved one. They are also a wonderful way to say thank you or to show appreciation to someone who has been of great help. With so many options from restaurants, entertainment venues, and retailers, there's something available on eBay for many gifting situations.

How do gift cards work?

These cards carry a pre-paid amount that can be used as cash within the designated store, retailer, or website. Gift cards can be physical cards or digital codes that can be applied to an online account. The gift card can be used just like a regular credit card to buy merchandise, tickets to movies or events, meals at restaurants, credit for video games, and so much more. The ease and convenience of use is a great benefit, as is the ability of the bearer to choose exactly what they would enjoy with the gift card.

What types of gift cards are available on eBay?

Gift cards come in an impressive range of top businesses, brands, amounts, and more. They can be used for anything from clothing, collectibles, and general merchandise to fine foods and coffee, gasoline, items for home and garden, travel accessories, books, and sporting equipment. If you can think of it, there is probably a gift card for it. Some brands of gift cards that may be available are:

  • Shell
  • Best Buy
  • iTunes
  • Starbucks
  • Target
  • Visa
  • Wal-Mart
  • Steam
What are the benefits of gift cards?
  • Saves time: Instead of whipping out cash or looking for their credit card, your loved one can use a gift card by just swiping it in many cases. This means they may not have to enter their pin and can be done with their purchase in no time.
  • Convenience: These cards can be used anytime at any participating location toward exactly what they like and enjoy.
  • Control gift card balance: Gift cards can literally be the gift that keeps on giving. Cards for vendors like Google Play, for example, might offer a pre-paid amount of $50 but can be used to buy several applications, songs, and more. The gift card allows the user to manage the balance with an ID number and use it until the total gift amount is gone.