Gift Card Granny Adds Two New Gift Card Sellers


October 17, 2010 | 0 Comment

Gift Card Granny Adds Two New Gift Card Sellers

  ABC Gift Cards, Gift Card Castle and Recarded have joined Gift Card Granny's family of discounted gift card sellers, adding thousands more gift cards to her already bustling website. Gift Card Granny now allows shoppers to get prices from six different discount sellers to find the lowest prices for gift cards from their favorite merchants. It's also an online resource to make extra …

For Merchant Gift Cards, the Future is Mobile


September 27, 2010 | 0 Comment

For Merchant Gift Cards, the Future is Mobile

  Photo by compujeramy   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, …

Avoid Getting Snared in Gift Card Bankruptcy Web


September 24, 2010 | 0 Comment

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 …

New Gift Card Rules Changed the Game on Aug. 22


August 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

New Gift Card Rules Changed the Game on Aug. 22

Rules effecting gift card fees and expiration dates changed as of Aug. 22 as a result of the Credit CARD Act of 2009. The media has paid a great deal of attention to how the final batch of provisions new rules impacts credit cards, but gift card fans will be pleased with the new limits on penalty fees and rate increases. …

Check Merchants Financial Pulse Before Buying Gift Cards


June 15, 2010 | 0 Comment

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 no …

Gift Card Granny Featured on Netted


June 10, 2010 | 0 Comment

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 …

New Rules Limit Unfair Gift Card Fees and Restrictions


March 24, 2010 | 0 Comment

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 …

5 Important Facts about California's Gift Card Laws


November 30, 2009 | 6 Comments

5 Important Facts about California's Gift Card Laws

  As usual, California just has to be different. The rash of bankruptcies and other difficulties facing the state have led to changes and reinforcements of laws applying to gift cards in California. Since this is the season when the majority of gift cards are purchased, Gift Card Granny thought it a good time to examine these laws for California's shoppers. …