9 Guidelines for Selling Gift Cards on eBay

There are several different ways to sell gift cards but did you know you can both buy and sell gift cards on eBay? The online-auction behemoth allows you to sell gift cards from nearly every merchant, but there are a few restrictions designed to protect both buyer and seller.

Check out the following guidelines and see what you think.

  1. Travel Services
    You can sell gift cards for such travel services as airline tickets, hotels, travel packages, etc. These cards must be listed in the Travel > Other category as there are many state restrictions on arranging and selling travel services. For more details, see the eBay travel policy page.
  2. Paper-based Gift Certificates
    Paper or plastic? It's really pretty much the same thing for eBay. You sell these as you would a gift card.
  3. Phone Cards
    You can sell phone cards that are loaded with minutes. Those for a dollar amount must follow the restrictions for selling all other gift cards.
  4. Collectible Gift Cards
    Cards with no redemption value may be listed, as long as you specify this fact in the listing.
  5. Stores In Bankruptcy
    You can sell cards for stores or companies presently going through bankruptcy or going out of business but only if the company is still accepting gift cards. Make sure you mention if the card has an expiration date.
  6. Maximum Face Value
    Cards worth $500 or more can't be sold on eBay.
  7. Ownership
    You must have the card in your possession before you can list it on eBay.
  8. Number of listings
    You can only sell one gift card per listing, even if you have multiple eBay accounts.
  9. You May Not Sell:
    --Gift card codes or electronically delivered gift cards.
    --Prepaid credit cards from Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. See the eBay page on credit and debit cards policy for more information.
    --Merchandise or store credit in the form of a receipt.