Whether you’re giving or receiving gift cards, it’s usually a pretty positive experience. Both the giver and receiver are often satisfied because most gift cards allow the receiver to spend money in the way they want, as long as the giver has taken the receiver’s interests into account.
Sometimes a gift card can miss the mark. If you have ever received a gift card that is not useful to you, you might be familiar with the frustration. Rather than spend money on something you don’t want and more importantly don’t need, take a look at Plastic Jungle and cash in your unwanted gift cards.
PlasticJungle.com is an online marketplace for everything related to gift cards. If you have gift cards you need to sell, Plastic Jungle will buy them from you for up to 92% of their value. If you need to buy gift cards, you can do that as well, and often for a significant discount.
Even though this service is fairly new, the merchants serviced by Plastic Jungle number in the hundreds. If your gift card is from a national retailer or restaurant, they will gladly accept it. In the rare chance that no offers are provided for your gift card, you always have the option of using eBay to sell your gift card at auction.
Selling your gift card with Plastic Jungle is simple. All you need to do is enter the following information:
- Gift card merchant name
- Gift card amount ($25 minimum is required)
After you’ve completed these quick steps, Plastic Jungle will show you their offers for purchasing the gift card from you. If one of the offers is appealing, accept the offer. The service has several options for paying you for your card. The PayPal option provides an instant payment to your bank account, while a check will take a few days to process. Plastic Jungle pays for postage, so mailing in your gift card to the site is free.
Buying gift cards is just as easy. When visiting Plastic Jungle, you’ll see a long list of gift cards for sale from hundreds of merchants. Each gift card is discounted up to 20% off its face value, and purchasing a card is simple and straightforward. Provide your credit card information to complete the purchase. In a few days, your gift card is on its way. Like the gift cards that you sell to the site, gift cards you buy from this service will be shipped for free.
If you find yourself in the frustrating position of having a gift card you won’t use, check out PlasticJungle.com. You might find a help someone who can use the card and earn some cash at the same time.
Updated December 22, 2011 and originally published December 31, 2010. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.