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October 25, 2010

City Exchanges Gift Cards for Handguns

Organizers of a weekend handgun buy-back program in New Bedford, Mass., found $100 supermarket gift cards were just the ticket to lure about 140 weapons off city streets. The Rev. David Lima, executive minister of the Inter-Church Council, which joined local law enforcement agencies to sponsor the exchange, said the community response was overwhelming. Although the total number of firearms collected …

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September 27, 2010

For Merchant Gift Cards, the Future is Mobile

When the classic film "The Graduate" debuted in 1967, a white-collar man at Dustin Hoffman's party famously told him, "There's a great future in plastics." Now, 43 years later, the future of merchant gift cards is in bits and bytes. A virtual gift card company, Giftango, recently formed a stellar partnership with 35 major brands across the nation. Amazon, Cabela's, Lowe's, Papa …

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September 24, 2010

Avoid Getting Snared in Gift Card Bankruptcy Web

Photo by lucias clay On the heels of Blockbuster Video's Chapter 11 filing on Thursday, gift card holders once again are wondering whether they'll be left out in the cold. Consumers fear a sad repetition of the scenario seen when Linens 'N Things, Sharper Image and Mervyn's reneged on gift card deals at the beginning of the Recession. So what can …

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June 22, 2010

World Cup Savings with World Class Gift Cards

An astonishing estimated 1 in 10 people worldwide will tune in for the final World Cup game. With just one week remaining until bracket play begins, everyone from soccer fanatics to last-minute bandwagonners are eager to get outfitted and show some team pride. Find the best gift card deals on sporting goods gift cards. Many of these gift …

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June 15, 2010

Check Merchants Financial Pulse Before Buying Gift Cards

Thousands of consumers were left out in the cold in 2008 when a storm of merchant bankruptcies turned roughly $100 million worth of gift cards into little more than tiny windshield scrapers. (See Granny's holiday post on 16 creative uses for useless gift cards.) Mervyn's, Sharper Image and Linens 'N Things, among many others, reneged on gift card deals, leaving consumers with …

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June 10, 2010

Gift Card Granny Featured on Netted

Gift Card Granny is honored to have been selected as site of the day from Netted by the Webbys. For those who are not familiar with Netted by the Webbys, it is a site of the day website with the winners choosen by the same crew that decides which website wins the webs annual Webby award. If you are interested in …

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March 24, 2010

New Rules Limit Unfair Gift Card Fees and Restrictions

The Federal Reserve issued new gift card rules March 23 that, beginning Aug. 22, will help shelter American consumers from a flurry of unexpected fees and restrictions that have gradually turned into a financial snowstorm. Gift cards have become so popular in recent years -- particularly with the advent of discount gift cards -- more than 95 percent …

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January 5, 2010

How to Safely Buy Gift Cards on eBay: 13 Tips For Safer Shopping

You may wonder why people buy gift cards on eBay when they can pick them up at stores or order them online. The fact is you can save 5 percent, 15 percent or more than 50% through the popular online auction site. However, safely purchasing cards on eBay requires a bit of knowledge as to how the process works. We've compiled …

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December 29, 2009

Paper or Plastic: 15 Hot Gift Card Trends for 2010

Both women and men said they wanted gift cards more than any other gift for Christmas, which explains why experts anticipated the little plastic cards would be the number-one present for the sixth consecutive year, with 64 percent of consumers saying they'll give or receive them. Yet many consumers fail to cash in their cards, creating a windfall for many merchants. How gift …

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December 1, 2009

Creative Uses For Gift Cards: 16 Ideas For Spent Gift Cards To Be Reused

They're called "gift cards" so it's logical to think the main function of these little plastic darlings is to give as presents. But what do you do with gift cards once they've been spent? Gift Card Granny has 16 off-beat ways to use your gift cards after the holidays. 1. Ninja star: These puppies really fly when you fling them. Sharpen one up and …

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November 20, 2009

5 Tips to Using Gift Cards for E-Book Purchases

After a bumpy start, major booksellers are now allowing e-book owners to use gift cards for content purchases. While such gift cards make great presents, e-book readers also buy gift cards themselves to make purchases of less than $1, which can clutter credit cards. Perhaps in response to complaints throughout e-book forums and on blogs, Barnes & Noble announced …

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