Gift Card Granny has blasted into cyberspace with a free application designed just for Android fans. The first discount gift card app available from the Android Market lets you buy, sell and use gift cards directly via your phone from hundreds of popular merchants and several trusted resellers.
Imagine this: You're cruising the aisles of your favorite store and see a sweater you can't live without. You fire up the Gift Card Granny app and search the database for that store. Bingo! You find a mobile card offered for that merchant at 20-percent off face value. Using the app you now have the ability to purchase the card right there from your phone. Mobile cards can take up to 24 hours for delivery, but many arrive immediately. When your card shows up in your inbox the cashier simply scans your phone or inputs the numeric code at the register. Just like that you've saved 20 percent on your purchase.
This access is available on all mobile cards and many online cards, purchased directly from the merchant and emailed directly to your inbox. (Traditional plastic cards must still be snail mailed.)
You can customize the Gift Card Granny app to sort by store, price, discount, seller and more. Other great options include the ability to check your gift card balance and use a GPS to find a desired store near you.
While you can also sell gift cards via the app, you might want to wait until Gift Card Exchange Day on Dec. 26, when vendors pay the highest premium for unused gift cards.
Gift Card Granny is now revving up her super walker to create a similar app for iPhone fans.