TIPS Where to Sell Your Unwanted Christmas Gift Cards for Cash


Jan 21, 2019

There are gifts that you receive during Christmas that you can’t stop raving about. And then there are those that you keep on receiving even though you probably won’t be using, like gift cards.

Gift cards are great, but when you get one for a store where you’re likely not visiting or a brand that you’re not so fond of, they’ll probably end up unused. In fact, in 2018, it was reported that some $1billion in gift cards go unused every year.

If you have a lot of gift cards which you think you won’t ever use, don’t just let them gather dust. You can use them without having to go to the store. You can always sell those cards for cash and save that cash or use it to buy stuff for yourself, stuff that you want or need.

There are two ways to dispose of those unwanted gift cards. I’ve listed down two ways to help you do it. What’s even better is you can choose whether to do it online or in person.

Sell those cards online

In case you haven’t realized yet, there are so many things that you can do online now. That includes selling those unwanted gift cards that you receive either for Christmas or some other special occasion.

Whether it’s a gift card from Amazon or other retail giants, or those coming from lesser-known brands, it doesn’t matter. There are sites and places online that lets you exchange your gift cards for cash. Some sites give you a quote for your cards and then sell directly to them. There are others that allow you to set a price for the cards you’re selling and then wait for takers.

To give you an idea what’s the most sellable online, I’ve listed, according to rank, below the most resold gift cards.
  1. iTunes
  2. Amazon
  3. Best Buy
  4. Walmart
  5. Target
  6. Starbucks
  7. Apple
  8. Macy’s
  9. Nordstrom
  10. Kohl’s
You don’t have to worry, though, if the card you’re selling isn’t in the list above. There’s always going to be one who will need it or knows of one who’s likely going to love it more than you do.

Where To Sell Your Unwanted Gift Cards

To make things easier for you, I’ve gathered the best sites that you could check out to sell those unwanted Christmas gift cards.

1. Gift Card Granny


Gift Card Granny is perhaps one of the most popular and trusted apps for selling gift cards. It offers several ways for you to sell those plastics.
  • Get Paid Faster: Sell your card to a Gift Card Granny partner website, choose the best offer, and get paid for as much as 92% of the card value within days.
  • Get Paid More: Set your price, list the card for sale, and choose which offer you’re willing to take. You will get paid after the card is sold and delivered.
  • Get Cash Today: Sell your card in person. Either sell it for cash or exchange it with one that you’ll use. Either way, you’ll get returns instantly.
Disposing of your gift cards doesn’t get any easier than this. Just check out Gift Card Granny and start earning.

2. Cardpool


Cardpool is another app worth checking out if you want to buy gift cards at discounted rates or sell yours for up to 92% of the value. Cardpool’s been featured on various media outlets and has for its previous investors some bigwigs of companies like Google, Facebook, PayPal, Zappos, StubHub, and Twitter. That kind of credentials should be enough to convince you this site is legit.

So how do you sell on Cardpool? Follow the four simple steps below:
  • Step 1: Visit the website.
  • Step 2: Select the gift card you want to sell.
  • Step 3: Review the offers.
  • Step 4: Send your card to Cardpool after accepting an offer.
Once a transaction is completed, expect to be paid within one business day. Payment is made either through an Amazon eGift card or check. The latter, however, takes around 5-10 days to be processed.

Meet Up, Sell Cards

The other good thing about Cardpool is that it allows you to sell your gift cards in person through CoinStar Exchange kiosks. These kiosks allow you to key in your gift card, get a quote, and get paid on the spot. Read more about CoinStar Exchange here if you want to understand how it works before trying it out.

Now, if you’re ready and you want to know where the kiosks are in your area, enter your location or zip code and start earning from those gift cards you’ve long been keeping.

3. Raise


Last but not least is Raise.

Put up your cards for sale on Raise and earn more. Raise gives you the flexibility to set your price; don’t forget the 12% commission that Raise sets when pricing. Once your card is up for sale, all you need to do is wait for someone to purchase it. You might think this takes a lot of time but remember, you could earn a lot more this way.

Once your card is sold, Raise can pay you either through PayPal, direct deposit, or check.

Closing thoughts

I’ve listed all possible options for you to dispose of those unused gift cards. All you have to do is carefully select which one you think works well for you or allows you to earn more.

So what are you waiting for? Start looking around the house for those gift cards that you might just have stashed away somewhere. Turn that plastic into cold hard cash now.

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