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Sell your unwanted gift cards online

Clark Howard December 1, 2017
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Have you ever received gift cards you don’t want, either from birthdays or past holiday seasons? Here are four ways you can turn them into cash.

Gift cards are extremely popular this time of year to get and give as gifts. But often, you don’t really like the restaurant or retailer somebody else gave you a gift card for. Do you just leave it sitting unloved in a drawer somewhere? No! Try selling it online and turn it into cash.

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4 ways to turn your unwanted gift cards into cash

Websites like,, and Raise offer you the opportunity to unload unwanted gift cards. Sellers can typically expect to make about 70-80 cents back on the dollar. Buyers, meanwhile, can find gift cards discounted up to 30% off the face value. The websites themselves make money on the buy/sell spread.

The cards are typically guaranteed to work for up 180 days after purchase (depending on the e-tailer). So don’t let that unloved plastic gather dust in a drawer this season. Discount gift card sites can save or make you some big money.

Meanwhile, Walmart is even experimenting with its own gift card exchange program. The superstore will basically give you an e-gift card of their own in exchange for your unwanted gift cards from other merchants. Then those gift cards are sold via the CardCash Exchange.

You have to do this online to take advantage of Walmart’s offer; it can’t be done in Walmart stores. Here’s an overview of the process:

  1. Enter the merchant name and card balance from the gift card you want to get rid of.
  2. Enter card number and pin and some basic customer information.
  3. Get an eGift Card will be emailed to you in a printable format once your order has been approved.

It’s a great way to get paid for gift cards you’ll never use!

RELATED: Warning: 3 big problems with Visa gift cards

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Clark Howard is a nationally syndicated consumer expert who shows consumers ways to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. His radio show is heard every day on more than 200 radio stations throughout North America. Save more and spend less is more than just a motto for Clark; it's a way of life. As a successful lifelong entrepreneur, media star and best-selling author, the Atlanta-based consumer champion is dedicated to helping Americans of all means get ahead in life.
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