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Old 08-02-2014, 05:49 PM   #1
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Can a gift card be returned for refund?

I received a Mastercard gift card purchased from Wal-mart. The giver thoughtfully included the receipt. While grateful for the gift, I'd rather have what the giver paid for it - especially since there's a $3.94 activation fee.

Has anyone ever returned a gift card to the place of purchase for a refund?

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Old 08-02-2014, 07:07 PM   #2
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Generally, no refunds. But you can check.

If you have a PIN number, you can set up a Amex BlueBird account and transfer the money to that account. Then, you can transfer it anywhere, or write a check on it.

Most girt cards have a PIN number.
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:24 PM   #4
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I would just spend it anywhere I can use a credit card - grocery store, gas pump, etc. where I was going to spend money anyway.
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I would just spend it anywhere I can use a credit card - grocery store, gas pump, etc. where I was going to spend money anyway.
That's what I did with the $300 rebate AMEX card that Canon sent me on the printer I bought. Spent it all at the grocery store on stuff I was going to buy anyway.
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Mastercard/Visa gift cards are great in that you can just spend them like a regular credit card.

I've seen Coinstar kiosks in grocery stores where you can exhange gift cards (Mastercard not one of them) for cash. I've never used Coinstar before, but here's a link:

https://www.coinstar.com/coinstarexchange
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When I get one of these I use it to make a partial payment on my utility bill. Then I can keep the cash I didn't use for the bill.


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Old 08-03-2014, 03:28 PM   #8
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Thanks - I have zero problems knowing how to spend the card.

I just wondered if anyone had ever returned one, that was given as a gift, for cash.

Apparently, no one has.

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