AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – You may be done shopping for gifts, but now stores are flooded with people returning them.
On Saturday, some shoppers said the lines to make exchanges were ridiculously long. So what do you do with those gift cards, you got for Christmas, that you aren’t sure how to use? WJBF News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman reports on how to make the best use of those unwanted gifts.
“Shop till you drop” is how some people would describe their holiday shopping, but others prefer to go a simpler route.
“When I give gift cards, I do like the Visa or the Master Card. So they can buy what they want, an easy way out of it.” Brian Mclucas, told WJBF News Channel 6.
It’s a one-stop-shop at stores that offer walls of gift cards from different retailers for whatever value you choose.
“Pretty much all the gift cards I have, I pretty much use,” Mclucas said, but not everyone is as lucky as Brian McLucas.
“I live in Pennsylvania and my brother lives in Minnesota. My dad got us Shell Gas Station cards and there are no Shell Gas Stations in Pennsylvania or Minnesota.” Sarah Attaway said.
Yet, reports say that each year, billions of dollars go unused from gift cards that are lost or never cashed in.
“I’m always happy to get them but I don’t always use them. I got a Starbucks card for I don’t know 30 bucks one time and I have no idea what even happened to it,” said Laurie Williams, a shopper.
So if you are stuck with a bunch of gift cards you won’t use all year consider re-gifting them, it’s the oldest trick in the book. You can exchange them on different websites, such as cardpool or giftcardgranny, for cards that you will use. Even combining them on Apple Pay and Google Wallet so that money doesn’t go to waste. Best of all using Charity of Choice you can donate them to the charity of your choice.
“I didn’t even know you could do that. I would have,” Attaway told WJBF News Channel 6.
But because of their popularity, gift cards are still presents that many people pick-up during the gift-giving season.
“I prefer gift cards that way I can go get what I like,” Mclucas added.
“Actually I sent one up to Minnesota to my son,” Williams said.
“I prefer gift cards,” said Brianna Mclucas, who was also out shopping with her dad.
Many retailers nationwide have special holiday return policies. If you don’t have the original receipt, some stores will still make an exchange for store credit and if you are unsure, call the store or check their website for more information.