Top 10 Places to Sell Gift Cards for Cash [Both Online and Near You]
We all have those gift cards we just never used -- the ones for places you used to shop but don't anymore, or the gifts from a well meaning friend or relative who just doesn't know you as well as they think. Luckily, you don't have to just throw these gift cards out or spend them on things you'll never actually use.
There are plenty of places willing to buy gift cards, both online and in person. It's important to find someplace trustworthy so you don't end up giving your gift card away and getting nothing in return -- luckily, all the research here is done for you!
In this article, you'll learn some of the various places you can go to sell your unused gift cards. You'll also find links to each website for easy access, so you can get right to it.
Where to Sell Gift Cards Near You
While selling online is the more common way to go these days, there are still kiosks where you can trade in your gift card if you prefer to go that route. In fact, you've probably seen a few of them while out on your normal shopping trips -- even if you didn't pay them any mind at the time.
If you can't remember seeing one, though, and don't feel like hunting through every store near you to find one, here are some easier ways:
1. Gift Card Bin Store Locator
While Gift Card Bin does have a website, that website lists over 600 physical locations across the US where you can bring your gift card to exchange it.
Additionally, you can use the website to check the 'buy' section for your gift card brand, to make sure they'll accept it. That said, they accept over 700 different merchants, so it's very unlikely there will be a problem.
2. Google Maps
Something that you might not initially think of that seems obvious in hindsight is the idea of checking Google Maps for a nearby kiosk. You can easily search for a term such as "sell my gift card" and Google Maps will list any available kiosks near you. Pick a kiosk, bring your gift card there, and get that money!
Target sells gift cards, of course -- but did you know they buy them as well? You can bring your gift card to the electronics section of your local Target, and they'll give you an offer that you can accept or refuse.
Where to Sell Gift Cards Online
Selling your gift cards in person might feel safer -- and gets you the cash quicker -- than selling online, but it's certainly not as convenient. If you'd rather go with the online option, don't worry -- you have plenty of websites to choose from.
One option to sell your gift card online is ClipKard. You can only sell physical gift cards, and you'll need to enter the gift card number (though not the PIN number) to get your offer. If you're happy with it, you can accept, ship the gift card off, and get paid!
Additionally, whether you're selling or buying gift cards on ClipKard, you'll earn rewards points that you can use for a discount on gift card purchases in the future.
With GiftCash, you can get paid up to 94% of the card's original value, depending on the brand. You just input the brand and the amount on the card, get an offer, and accept or reject it. If you choose to accept, there are plenty of different cashout options to choose from -- even crypto.
With Raise, you can sell both physical and e-gift cards. You get to set the price and sell your gift card directly to another buyer, and there's no listing fees -- but when the card sells, Raise takes a 15% commission. You can sell partially used gift cards as well, though there's a minimum balance limit for those -- $10 for a physical card, and $5 for an e-gift card.
By selling your gift card through CardCash, you can get up to 92% of the card's value -- though the actual amount will depend on the brand of the card itself.
If you're not happy with the offer you get, you can also choose to trade your gift card for a gift card from a different retailer. You still won't get 100% of the value, but you'll get a higher value than you would by just selling it.
GameFlip is -- you guessed it -- a website for gamers to buy and sell gift cards (and other things as well). It prides itself on being at the top of the list when it comes to safety and preventing fraud. Similar to Raise, you can list your gift card yourself and choose the price, and they'll take a small cut once it sells.
Unfortunately, unlike most of the other options on this list, GameFlip doesn't offer the ability to cash out via PayPal. Instead, you'll have to use Wise, Payoneer, or Skrill -- or cash out in Bitcoin, if you're into cryptocurrency.
At first glance, directly trading with someone who's completely anonymous might sound unsafe. And of course, there are always people looking to get free gift cards and run without paying for them.
That said, this particular subreddit has strict rules and requirements in place, as well as a reputation system so you know the person you're selling to is trustworthy. Essentially, as long as you're careful and do your research on someone before handing over the code to your gift card, you should be fine.
There's very few people who haven't heard of eBay -- it's one of the most popular ecommerce platforms that exists. Luckily, it's also a great place to sell gift cards. It's simple enough to list, and you can list up to 250 items per month for free. That said, eBay does take a cut of the final sale price, so make sure to keep that in mind.
Alternatives to Selling Your Gift Card
If you're not happy with any of the offers you get, or it's just too much of a hassle, you do have other options to get rid of unwanted gift cards.
- Regift -- If you know someone who just loves that store or restaurant, you can save some money on the next holiday by giving them your unused gift card.
- Donate -- Some gift cards, especially food and clothing ones, can easily be donated to people who need them -- either directly or through an organization built for that.
- Return -- Some retailers will take gift card returns as long as they're unused. That said, you'll usually need the original receipt, so hopefully the person who gave you the gift card won't be too offended if you ask for it.
There's no reason your unused gift card should go to waste. It's easy to sell or trade it in, and you can usually get a pretty big percentage of the value back. Plus, someone who will actually use it can buy it at a discounted price. Win win!