We all get giftcards from time to time. Rather than cash, friends and co-workers, even your Grandmother often give gift cards these days. Because they don’t always have the value printed on them, there are a number of services that will tell you how much is on them. This unfortunately means they also have all the information necessary to steal the cards. For this reason I recommend sticking with someone very safe, and trust worthy. Plastic Jungle will allow you to not only check the value of your gift card, but trade it for Cold hard Cash, or for a gift card at another store. Plastic Jungle is also a great place to buy cards at a discount. Often you can get 20% savings at places you would shop anyways by buying gift cards from Plastic Jungle. I watch for discounts on Best Buy, because you can pair them with coupons and My Rewards Zone points, which can add up to some pretty hefty savings on the types of things that don’t tend to go on sale other wise, or may be excluded from those Holiday “everything in the store is X% off” sales.
On the other hand…. www.giftcardbalance123.com “Find your gift card balance 123 Easy” and VanillaVisa.com Offer a service to check the balance on your gift card. The problem is that even if their service is legit encouraging customers to enter there complete credit card information on the front page of a site that they didn’t have to register with seems like a bad idea. Especially if they require your security code.
A great way to collect gift card numbers would be to setup a site like this and say you check the balance and just store the numbers for use on sites, or for sale to others who would use to buy things online. The same goes for Gift Card Exchanges. Several hundred people sent me unsolicited contact information to win a for simply be cause I reported that you could win a Ford through the Green Give away.