How does a gift card work?
Gift cards are usually associated with a monetary value or system that stores information about this value. It is given as a present to somebody. The recipient can choose for himself what he wants to buy, but it should be within the limits of his budget. Usually, the code is printed on the back of the card, so after purchasing goods, people just enter it into their phone or at an online store. Cards can be bought almost everywhere – in grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and many others. Also, you can buy them online via websites where mostly everything can be bought with this code. The best thing about it is that you don’t have to wait until Christmas – during any holidays – all major brands release their gift cards.
How do I check my balance?
After buying a card, for example in the supermarket, you can immediately go and check how much value is left on it. In most cases, there is a line with numbers from 0 to 9. This information can tell you how much money was charged from this card when buying goods at the store or online shop. Also, many of them have a phone number where people can call and find out their remaining balance for free or even transfer some money from one card to another without going somewhere. Usually, they have an expiration date so always be careful about it! If your funds expired – sorry, but nothing can be done anymore! Check our blog post on how to use up gift card balance.
Please note that not every company offers a free service for checking the remaining balance.
What is a PIN code?
PIN code is a digit number that should be entered in the store when purchasing goods. Usually, they are on the back of the card, but in some cases, people can find them online or even in their mobile app where they can send free SMS. Without realizing it, people usually don’t write this code when buying something, so sometimes they forget it and you cannot buy anything with your gift card without a PIN.
That is why a lot of stores have a phone line where you can ask about your PIN. Also many times there is information on how to find it online – just visit the company’s official website and check for that information under the Terms & Conditions or FAQ section. You should never call third parties because that could be a scam! Only trust numbers that you see on the official website.
What to do if I have a problem with my gift card?
In some cases, people just simply forget about that code and their money remains on the card. There is no way to get that back so always double-check everything before purchasing something. Make sure you don’t lose cards because it is impossible to find those numbers after the expiration date of the gift card.
Where can I use gift cards?
Gift cards are everywhere – grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and many others where they sell all kinds of products. Some companies will not accept these cards for online purchases but in most cases, people use them for goods and services. Also after getting the right amount of cash for your card you can just simply cash them out without purchasing anything – cards are treated like money so it is allowed to sell them!
Someone could ask – do stores accept broken gift cards? The answer is yes, but only if you don’t see any signs of tampering or scratched by the fingernail. Most likely store’s employees will refuse to take that card because they cannot check the expiration date or remaining balance on that particular card. They are afraid that customers are trying to scam them.
Sometimes people find other purposes for those cards – sometimes they use them as cool decoration in their homes or offices where all kinds of different business cards are displayed nicely under some glass cups which protect those cards from dust. So the answer is yes, you can use them for anything you find interesting or useful!
Can I sell gift cards?
Yes, it is completely allowed to sell them because they are just pieces of paper which have some numbers on them. For example, if someone doesn’t want to use their card anymore they can sell the gift card in Nigeria to us over here.
What if I lost my gift card?
First of all, you should always keep receipts somewhere safe. Even if the balance is not showing on your phone or computer, you will have proof that you bought something from that company. So make sure to save those papers because it could be helpful sometimes! But usually, there is a limit time when cards can be activated and used, so make sure you check the expiration date as well!
Also, there are many times when people lose their cards – such as leaving them at work or throwing out pieces of paper away without even realizing what things were there. But cards can be replaced, so if you have your receipt and proof of purchase the company will issue a new card to that same person (with the same number) without any problems!
You should also remember that gift cards work like banking cards – they are never truly lost because someone could always find them and use them for their purposes. So try to keep your gift card safe and if you ever lose it, report that to the company as soon as possible! Someone else might not only take all money from your gift card but also make purchases or withdraw funds that applied to that particular account.
But there is good news for those who want to recover lost gift cards: once you report about missing cards they can’t be used by someone else, so you will get your money back! Also, this card is blocked immediately which means that the person who found it cannot use it anymore.
So by now, you must have known much more about gift cards and how they work! Hope this information was helpful for you. If you know someone who can benefit from these tips please share this article with them.