Save Big Money with the Best Gift Card Sites on the Web
Let’s face it — life is expensive. Between the kids clothes, things for the house, dinner out with that special someone or just grabbing a beer with the boys, life can but I big dent in your bank account. What if I told you I could save you 10 to 35% on almost everything you buy? And it’s as easy as buying gift cards. I didn’t believe it either. Then I started using the best gift card sites on the internet and I have saved a boatload of money.
I have run down the positives and negative of the best gift card sites so you can avoid the many mistakes I made along the way. A couple of thoughts and provisos. First, make sure you know what you are going to buy before you purchase your gift cards. Don’t buy Home Depot gift cards until you figure out how much you want to spend. (This rule does not apply to restaurant and gasoline cards). Second, if you want to save even more money buy “electronic” gift cards and make your purchases using one of the many cash back sites on the web. See my great article Never Pay Retail Again — Save Big Money with the Triple Dip for more information on cash back sites. Lastly, make sure to keep track of all of your gift card purchases. The worst possible thing you could do is buy a gift card and fail to redeem it. Don’t let the Man beat you!!
With that said here are the ten best gift card sites on the internet. Happy Saving!!!
The Ten Best Gift Card Sites
- Giftcardgranny.com. Giftcardgranny.com easily takes the number one spot as the best gift card site on the internet — and they don’t even sell gift cards. Giftcardgranny.com is the single best place to start all of your gift card searches. Giftcardgranny acts as a hub for all the best gift card sites on the web. Let’s say you want to find the most discounted Dick’s Sporting Goods gift cards. Just look up Dicks on Giftcardgranny.com and they will show you how to score the best discounted gift cards. I recently bought about $500 worth of Dick’s gift cards at a 14% discount through Cardpool.com. However, I learned about that deal on Giftcardgranny.com. There is no better place to find discounted gift cards — no one comes close!
- eBay.com This is one of the best places to buy gift cards on the web. Not only can you find a great deal on a discounted gift card but you can double, triple or even quadruple dip you discounts by (a) buying discounted eBay gift cards to buy your gift cards, (b) connecting to eBay through a cash back site, and (c) signing up for eBay bucks . AND ALL OF THESE DISCOUNTS CAN BE STACKED!! See my great article Never Pay Retail Again — Save Money with the Triple Dip and Don’t Buy Another Gift Card Until You Red This for more information. The two biggest gift card sellers on eBay are PayPayDigital Gifts and SVM Gift Cards. Both do an excellent job filling your gift card orders and both do their best to correct any errors (albeit slowly) in the unlikely circumstance that one should occur. The downside of these gift card monster is that each has limits on the number of gift cards you can buy. PayPal Digital Gifts allows you to buy up to three $100 gift cards at a time. Many bloggers have speculated (with varying degrees of accuracy) about what exactly are the limit imposed by PayPal Digital Gifts. The best I can tell you are limited to three digital gift cards in one day, $500 in any 10 day period and $1,000 in any rolling 30 day period. SVM Gift Cards limits you to buying three $100 gift card at any one time and also imposes limits similar to those in place at PayPal Digital Gifts. Please be careful when buying gift cards on eBay from sellers other than these two monsters. Make sure to check the feed back of your seller before making any eBay purchase. Although eBay does a great job supporting it’s buyers and sellers, you don’t want the hassle of having to deal with bad cards from some sketchy seller.
- Raise.com. Raise is a fantastic gift card site with the best customer service of any of the gift card sites. They process your gift card purchases so fast it’s mind boggling. They are so good that you can literally do your online shopping first, get everything you need in your “shopping cart” and buy the appropriate gift card amount from Raise. Most of the time they will deliver your cards in seconds and you can flawlessly complete your purchase. Like all the gift card sites there are a few flaws. On three separate occasions I purchased cards that turned out to be invalid (usually stolen cards that someone tries to pawn off). However, I just called the Raise customer service line and they quickly addressed the issue. One small critique is that I would like to be able to see the name of the retailer whose card I bought (e.g., Best Buy) next to my Order Number Raise’s Order History page. That small change would enhance the customer experience. Otherwise, a fantastic resource to save big money online.
- Cardpool.com Cardpool has improved immensely since I first started using it back in January 2016. Back then I would have described Cardpool as slow and lumbering. They took too long to deliver my gift cards — sometimes up to two days. Cardpool‘s service has dramatically improved and now I usually get my gift cards in under a minute. I also love the format of their gift card delivery emails — very easy to copy/paste which makes “checking out” so much easier. They also have an excellent track record of providing cards that have no flaws whatsoever. Cardpool has never sold me a bad gift card. Like all gift card sites there are a few blemishes. The only way to access your Cardpool gift cards is through their email delivery service (assuming you are buying electronic cards). Most sites also have a copy of your electronic gift card in the “my account” or “my wallet” section of their website — Cardpool is missing this feature. Seems like an easy fix and it would improve the user experience. In addition, Cardpool is sorely missing the ability to contact customer service via telephone. Their email customer service response is excellent; however, an 800 number would be an upgrade.
- ABCgiftcards.com. I used to buy a lot of Sports Authority gifts cards through this site and always like the interface. Like Cardpool you can only access your electronic gift cards through the email they send you. The weakness of ABCgiftcards.com is that it is almost impossible to copy/paste the gift card numbers from the ABCgiftcards PDF gift cards to your favorite web sites’ “check out” page. That make gift cards from this website much harder to use because you have to retype each and every gift card number to purchase items from your favorite website. This is a pretty big problem. I have also run into a number of invalid card numbers on this site. However, to ABCgiftcards.com’s credit they do a very good job of refunding any problem cards and they have an excellent support staff to help you through the process.
- Giftcardzen.com. This site cracks me up because their customer service people are so calm and, yes, Zen like. The site is also very, very good. They have an excellent interface and my gift cards are viewable from the “My Account” section of the website just like they should be on all sites. They also do a great job at filling your gift card order very quickly. There is also an option to print out a PDF of your gift card. The only reason I can’t rank them higher is that the shear volume of gift cards just isn’t where it need to be to play with the big boys. However, Giftcardzen.com is on an excellent trajectory and I anticipate a much higher ranking in next years’ review.
- Giftcardspread.com I have been frequenting this site more and more lately. I like the interface which is very similar to the one at Giftcardzen and they carry a nice inventory of gift cards from some of my favorites (eBay, Gander Mountain and Modells). They also do a very
good job of delivering your gift cards in a timely manner. Giftcardspread is an up and comer and deserves a look when your faves offer big discounts.
- Giftcardrescue.com There is a lot to like about Giftcardrescue.com. They have a very good collection of gift cards and their deals are excellent. I nabbed a bunch of Dick’s Sporting Goods cards for 20% off not too long ago — shot and a goal! Giftcardrescue.com also has a nice interface. However, they also have some major problems. The check out process in overly complicated and borderline immoral. You really want to charge me to expedite the electronic delivery of gift cards? Give me a break! Worst check out procedure in the industry. They also set ridiculously low purchase limits that really restrict the utility of the site.
- SaveYa.com. SaveYa should be up there among the best gift card sites. However, SaveYa’s customer service is so bad that I can’t recommend doing business with them. SaveYa.com has a great selection of gift cards and some very nice discounts. They also have a very nice interface — one of the best in the industry. I really like how you can see all of your purchased gift cards (whether or not you have used them) in the “My Account” section of the website. Why are they scraping the bottom of the barrel in this review? Let’s see — they cut me off from my account (and my access to my gift cards) without apology or explanation. Now if I had sold them bad gift cards I could understand — I only BUY gift cards. If I had purchased a gift card and failed to pay for it I could understand — Nope that’s not it. Saveya’s response to my inquiry was so unforgivably dumb (and quite a bit sketchy) that I can not recommend that anyone purchase gift cards from them. By the way, I left the door open with these geniuses. “Feel free to have someone call me and explain the situation.” Did I buy too many gift cards? Was I supposed to buy them and not use them? Nobody every returned my call or gave a plausible explanation. So SaveYa self some trouble and buy from any of the other websites listed here.
- Gyft.com This is a very popular website that really should not exist. Gyft.com is a great choice for people who want convenience and don’t mind paying through the nose. Why would I pay 100 cents on the dollar to buy a Bass Pro Shops gift card on Gyft when I can buy the same card for 82 cents on the dollar on Cardpool. You have to be either lazy or stupid to want that bargain.