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Posted: Fri, 13th Oct 2006, 1:18am

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Well I just wanted to tell everyone you can sell unwanted gift cards on ebay for almost as much as its worth. I just sold a AMC gift card worth $40.00 on ebay and it sold for $35.00! I hope this helps some of you out. biggrin

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Posted: Fri, 13th Oct 2006, 12:15pm

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Because yeah, selling a gift that you receive is the epitome of good will and friendship.
Posted: Fri, 13th Oct 2006, 7:09pm

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Not really, If you sell the card its like they gave you money rather than a gift card to a place you never shop at. biggrin
Posted: Fri, 13th Oct 2006, 7:10pm

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Maybe communicate a little better your wants and needs around the gift giving times?
Posted: Fri, 13th Oct 2006, 7:16pm

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Yeah I do tell people what kind of gift cards I want, but theres always that one person who gets you a gift card to some place you never heard of.
Posted: Fri, 13th Oct 2006, 7:22pm

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So either that one person doesn't know you very well (like that one uncle who gives you DVDs of political figures and your 12 years old). So what's the problem if its ONE person out of X amount that gives you gifts?

I suggest that one person who doesn't know you very well probably knows that they gave you a gift that may not have been very well thought out. But still, gratitude on your part should be observed.
Posted: Sat, 14th Oct 2006, 4:38am

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It seems everytime I post on this forum everyone either takes it the wrong way or doesnt read all the posts. I am not asking what should I do so that people start giving me gift cards I can use. This is not a question at all. I do not need advice on how a can communicate to friends a relatives. all I wanted to do was to let everyone know that if you have a giftcard that you dont want or cant use, sell it on ebay. I know somtimes people misunderstand what people write but I just wanted to clear this up before more pople reply to this post.

Backofthehearse, King Rymes, and garrison, I now your posts where left for good intentions but the truth is that I only wanted to let poeple know that they can sell some things on ebay that they probably didnt know they could. In this case, Gift cards. I try to put a little story behind my posts so the readers can fully understand it but I guess from now on I will just make my posts quick and to tyhe point. I will edit my original post so more people dont get the same idea.

Anyway, thanks for the posts you guys, Im glad there are people out there willing to help me even If help isnt needed biggrin
Posted: Sun, 15th Oct 2006, 6:27am

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Posted: Sun, 15th Oct 2006, 6:37am

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heh, what a response from dan wink
Waser, which one is Dan on the piccy, the one shooting or the one blowing up confused
Posted: Sun, 15th Oct 2006, 7:14pm

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heh, what a response from dan
Waser, which one is Dan on the piccy, the one shooting or the one blowing up
You guys coulodnt act any more like little girls! Dancam is just trying to make a point and give some advice and all you two can do is make dumb comments about it. If I were able to leave negative ratings on posts I would rate down both of yours. Start acting like mature adults and start using these forums for support and info, not childish insults!
By the way, thanks Dancam for the information. Almost everyone now knows about ebay but most people are unaware of the types of things you can now sell. Ebay is expanding there market and is allowing more and more types of items that one can sell. I dont care what other people say and I dont think you should either, this is a good topic and I completely understand what you are saying.
Posted: Sun, 15th Oct 2006, 8:01pm

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Dude, you all need to calm down, dont get all mad. Ok, we are on a internet form, i mean god, he took the time to post somthing he did.
Dont get all mean. I got a gift card, my birthday was 2 weeks agao, if was a card to gap, well i was like, who would give me 50 dollars to gap. Now i dident know what i wanted to do, and i dident want to return the gift. So thanks alot you just gave me some money, and i dont have to spend it on gap anymore
Posted: Sun, 15th Oct 2006, 8:13pm

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Now now people.

I think Waser's point was that Dancam is fighting criticism on all sides. There's nothing here worthy of negative force so I'm removing it as I don't believe the ratings system is being used correctly. You don't rate someone down just because you disagree.

Selling any form of present in any way is in a way, immoral. Though that being said, a gift card is generally a present you buy someone you don't care about so you needn't feel the need to worry a great deal about selling them off, the thought behind buying someone a gift card is so that they can buy something they want so I don't see anything wrong with doing that.

So, to be retrospective : the information this page in the tome of fxhome reads "You can sell stuff on ebay".

Gee. Thanks. I know.


-Hybrid.
Posted: Sun, 15th Oct 2006, 10:22pm

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Hybrid-Halo wrote:

Now now people.

I think Waser's point was that Dancam is fighting criticism on all sides. There's nothing here worthy of negative force so I'm removing it as I don't believe the ratings system is being used correctly. You don't rate someone down just because you disagree.

Selling any form of present in any way is in a way, immoral. Though that being said, a gift card is generally a present you buy someone you don't care about so you needn't feel the need to worry a great deal about selling them off, the thought behind buying someone a gift card is so that they can buy something they want so I don't see anything wrong with doing that.

So, to be retrospective : the information this page in the tome of fxhome reads "You can sell stuff on ebay".

Gee. Thanks. I know.


-Hybrid.
Well I think the rating system is being used correctly, Yeah I know Im not able to use the rating system but the posts left by some of the users are just insults and dont benefit anyone! I dont know about you Hybrid-Halo but I have also gotten Giftcards as gifts to places that I would never use. Ive been a gift card to to a candy store called BON BON Island, and im a diabetic! What was I going to do with that! So I sold it to a friend. Is that wrong? And I dont know if you have yet but if you read the first post this topic is about "what to do with unwanted gift cards" Not "you can sell stuff on ebay". If you read Dancams last post he states that we all know that we can sell stuff on ebay but he was just trying to let people know that you can sell things you probably thought you couldnt.
Posted: Sun, 15th Oct 2006, 10:51pm

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I'm suprised that Hybrid was the only one who got my post
Posted: Sun, 15th Oct 2006, 11:08pm

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*me raises his finger slowly and smiles at Waser*
Posted: Sun, 15th Oct 2006, 11:35pm

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Let's not forget that I can see who's rating who, and I am telling you right now - the system isn't being used correctly. Re-rating down posts I have corrected is only going to put you in my bad books. You simply cannot expect to be allowed to just rate down people who disagree with you.

Selling your gift cards sits on a moral gray area, so you can expect some discourse. In any case, I have removed some posts which seemed to lead to unnecessary debate. Whilst doing so I discovered something interesting...

DanCam and MacNa are registered under the same isp details I'd appreciate it if some explanation was given. It's really no surprise you agree with each other if you live under the same roof or dare I say... Are the same person. wink

-Hybrid.

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Posted: Mon, 16th Oct 2006, 1:12am

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Gift cards are sucky gifts anyways. I want cash, something thoughtful, something useful, or just something I like. It's fine if you were going to get something from the place anyways, but most of the time it's just inconvienient. I am never buying another gift card again (unless it's someone who likes iTunes cards.)

I don't see what the point of all the negativity against Dancam was. Some people had a point, but others were just basically attacking him.
Posted: Mon, 16th Oct 2006, 1:23am

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I can understand both sides of this though. Let's not beat around the bush about it : there is definitely a grey area surrounding selling off anything someone has given to you as a gift. Regardless of whether you want it or not.

Dancam's origional post just didn't seem to acknowledge that at all, and so I can see why it might rub some people the wrong way. Hell, I'd be destroyed if I found out all those people I sent Dungaree Warehouse gift cards to had sold them on ebay!

-Hybrid.

p.s. And taking offence at being titled a republic commando... That's just criminal. Those guys rock.
Posted: Mon, 16th Oct 2006, 1:29am

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I personally don't care about those kinds of things. I used to not want to tell my mom if I didn't like the clothes she got me. Then I decided, screw it, if I don't like it I'm going to have it returned.

They will never find out. If I was lazy and got you a gift card, by all means, sell it.

Also, buying gift cards on ebay isn't a half bad idea. Just buy a bunch of gift cards for cheaper and then buy something at the store that you want. You could end up saving a lot of money, especially if there is a sale or a rebate included!
Posted: Mon, 16th Oct 2006, 2:23am

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Cash isn't a good gift, it's worse than a gift card. It shows that the giver has no idea at all what the person wants. A gift card, however, can be given as sort of a portion towards a gift that would otherwise be insurmountable. For instance, for his birthday, my friend got three B&H gift cards from different people, and they were all for either 125 or 100 bucks. Now, considering my friend bought something for around 350 dollars from B&H, (which he did) this is a wise choice. A single relative can't afford to give him exactly what he wants, but they want to at least try to get him closer to it. To me that'd be something I'd appreciate even more than any 'thought-out' t-shirt or something of the like. On a separate note (I'd space this out, but unfortunately I broke the "Enter" key off my computer a month ago, and now not even the bubble that's still there works), about a year ago my mom bought 48 "Sub Club" stamps for Subway off of eBay. Though Subway has long since stopped accepting them, for every 4 of those stamps ou have, you get a free 6 inch sub and a coke. She bought it all for around eighteen bucks, and that's including shipping. If I do the math right, that's 12 subs with the stamps as opposed to 3 or 4 with the same amount of cash. Now that's a deal.
Posted: Mon, 16th Oct 2006, 2:34am

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ben3308 wrote:

Cash isn't a good gift, it's worse than a gift card. It shows that the giver has no idea at all what the person wants. A gift card, however, can be given as sort of a portion towards a gift that would otherwise be insurmountable. For instance, for his birthday, my friend got three B&H gift cards from different people, and they were all for either 125 or 100 bucks. Now, considering my friend bought something for around 350 dollars from B&H, (which he did) this is a wise choice. A single relative can't afford to give him exactly what he wants, but they want to at least try to get him closer to it. To me that'd be something I'd appreciate even more than any 'thought-out' t-shirt or something of the like.
I would love to get a B&H gift card. Now thats somthing I could use. The only gift cards I have ever sold Ive listed below, and I sold them for good reasons.

$100 Jerky Boyz Car Wash - I didnt have a car nor could I legally Drive
$75 GAP - I buy all my clothes from local surf and skate shops.
$40 AMC - The Nearest AMC Theater is 45 mins away and I live 6 blocks from a regal cinema theater.

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This is the best post! Honestly I just Got it, A was looking at the down arrow the whole time and I thought you meant I was going down or somthing. I hope Im the guy shooting! biggrin Very creative!

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Well I hope this post will be the last in this arguement. All I wanted to do was help people out. I never wanted or planned this to go this way, Heck I didnt even think I was going to get any responses other than "thanks DanCamFX". I didnt know this was a touchy subject. I have posted other topics like this, even one about ebay, and they are posted to help people out. If 6 months ago someone posted this same topic I would have thanked them and sold some gift cards. Now I know that some people have said that you shouldnt sell them, and that its wrong. All I have to say is, have you ever returned a gift back to the store, Its the same thing. But since you cant return gift cards, you need to sell them.

Im glad that some people here are defending me and I hope this arguement ends now. I didnt want this at all and I hope somthing like this doesnt happen again. This is a community and we should be helping each other out, not insulting people who are trying to help. Once again, please no more negative posts. If you are going to make a post after this please have it say " Thanks DanCamFX". Thats all I wanted out of this topic, I just wanted to help.

MOD NOTE: Please do not triple post DancamFX. In the future, use the "edit" function if you would like to add additional information, thank you. Your posts have been combined into one, this time.
Posted: Mon, 16th Oct 2006, 2:48am

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Dancamfx wrote:

$75 GAP - I buy all my clothes from local surf and skate shops.
$40 AMC - The Nearest AMC Theater is 45 mins away and I live 6 blocks from a regal cinema theater.
These two I don't get. Use the 40 dollars AMC to go all out and treat a couple friends to the movies, with full concessions. Make it like a mini-party, you got the gift card, why the hell not? As for the GAP, I buy most of my clothes from American Eagle, but when I get a GAP card, I go and buy some stuff I like at the GAP. Just because I don't normally go there doesn't mean I can't buy anything from there. In fact, now I'm seriously in love with their 13 dollar undershirts. If ever there was a small garment of clothing to waste an excessive amount of money on, it's a GAP undershirt. That, or a 73 dollar Lacoste polo. But at least with those you get the multicolored alligator. biggrin
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ben3308 wrote:

Cash isn't a good gift, it's worse than a gift card. It shows that the giver has no idea at all what the person wants. A gift card, however, can be given as sort of a portion towards a gift that would otherwise be insurmountable. For instance, for his birthday, my friend got three B&H gift cards from different people, and they were all for either 125 or 100 bucks. Now, considering my friend bought something for around 350 dollars from B&H, (which he did) this is a wise choice. A single relative can't afford to give him exactly what he wants, but they want to at least try to get him closer to it. To me that'd be something I'd appreciate even more than any 'thought-out' t-shirt or something of the like. On a separate note (I'd space this out, but unfortunately I broke the "Enter" key off my computer a month ago, and now not even the bubble that's still there works), about a year ago my mom bought 48 "Sub Club" stamps for Subway off of eBay. Though Subway has long since stopped accepting them, for every 4 of those stamps ou have, you get a free 6 inch sub and a coke. She bought it all for around eighteen bucks, and that's including shipping. If I do the math right, that's 12 subs with the stamps as opposed to 3 or 4 with the same amount of cash. Now that's a deal.
If someone was thoughtful enough to get me a B and H card, I'd be pleased! That is a thoughtful giftcard. I think cash is more thoughtful than a Blockbuster gift card. They didn't think enough to know that I use Netflix and didn't take the hassle into consideration. I like cash the most. I am grateful for every gift though. Like your GAP example, I usually just find away to spend it, but I prefer cash (or B and H cards smile)
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Serpent, I'm gonna find out your birthday and your address, and then I'm gonna mail you a Blackhawk gift card. That's how great of a friend I am.
Posted: Mon, 16th Oct 2006, 10:26am

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I love cash as a gift. It's my favorite gift of all really.

I find the idea of organised "gift-days" bit absurd anyways - eg. getting a gift on a certain day like birthday/xmas/whatever. I like getting the occasional small thing when someone just sees something and buys it for me, or thinks of me, or just feels like it's time to give me a gift. Those are nice.
But a "it's Day X so I'll get a present now"-gifts aren't my thing. Then I love cash, so I can buy whatever I want, whenever I want.
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I second that, fully agree! Which makes we wonder, why does Sollthar always have the posts which make the most sense? razz
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Sollthar only thinks like that because he wasn't born, he was created. As a result birthday's aren't really the same to him.

I'm not a huge fan of birthdays or christmas either in all honesty, though I do like recieving gifts - at any time of year and whatever they are. So get sending.

-Hybrid.
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I don't think it would even occur to me to sell a gift card or other present that had been given to me. If someone gave me a gift card that I was never going to use, I'd simply give it to a friend that would benefit from it. It was a free gift to me, so I'd feel pretty dodgy selling it on for money - far better to give it as a gift to someone else that will benefit from it, continuing the general approach of generosity.

But each to their own, that's just me. smile

I also agree with Sollthar - birthdays etc do seem slightly strange, although not as strange as some other dates. The pinnacle of "strange celebration days" has to be Valentine's Day - a day where people have to give cards and presents to their partner, as if they need a reminder or an excuse. Same goes for Mother's Day and Father's Day - surely you shouldn't need a specific day to remind you of how cool your parents are (presuming your parents are cool, of course)? You should always be grateful to them and, as sollthar says, buy them gifts as and when you want.

I suppose people just need reminders like that, otherwise it wouldn't occur to them. unsure

While we're on the subject, don't forget to send cakes and stuff to use here at FXhome HQ:

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Tarn wrote:

The pinnacle of "strange celebration days" has to be Valentine's Day - a day where people have to give cards and presents to their partner, as if they need a reminder or an excuse.
Funny story behind Valentine's Day - most people don't know this, but Valentine's Day was actually created by Fleurop, Europe's (the world's?) biggest flower company. I wonder what suddenly happens to their sales volume every year on Valentine's Day... think wink
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ahh, all of this makes sense on selling gift cards people give you, but what about the inside where they have wrote on it confused
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alpha54 wrote:

Funny story behind Valentine's Day - most people don't know this, but Valentine's Day was actually created by Fleurop, Europe's (the world's?) biggest flower company. I wonder what suddenly happens to their sales volume every year on Valentine's Day... think wink
And Mother's day and Fathers day were created by Hallmark
Posted: Mon, 16th Oct 2006, 9:35pm

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I once had a birthday where I needed money for something specific. I got money off everyone except one relative, who sent WH Smiths vouchers (which I presume is equivalent to a gift card). I didn't need anything from there, and I didn't have enough for whatever it was (can't remember), so I went in to see about getting it exchanged.
Of course they wouldn't, so I bought a single pencil, in order to get the remainder as cash. They didn't like that, and gave me more vouchers as part of my change. So I bought another pencil with the first of the vouchers.
I ended up with a boxful of pencils, and the thing I wanted, and appreciated them both.

It was also an entertaining puzzle working out how to maximise the cash for minimum cost, which I suspect was my relative's plan all along biggrin