Save Online on Big Buys with Second-Hand Gift Cards

Save Online on Big Buys with Second-Hand Gift Cards

Taryn Williford
Oct 8, 2010

You've exhausted your resources tracking down coupons and you've begged the kid who works the register to give you his employee discount, but you still want to try and knock another 10 percent off the price of that PlayStation 3 you've been eyeballing. Turns out, there's a way! You can save a fortune on your next big purchase—at any store, at any time—with this tip!

With the holidays coming up, we're on a major budget crunch (You can probably tell with post topics like how to get cheap in-flight wi-fi and the one-month crash utilities diet).

So to save money on our up-coming gift-buying splurges, we're going to do what any normal person would do: Buy themselves gift cards!

Yes, I'm buying cards for me to use. But I'm buying them second-hand.

Thanks to its stellar sales and proximity to my house, I tend to do a lot of buying at Kohls. But before I head out this year, I'm going to buy a high-dollar Kohls gift card online—for a fraction of its face value! If I'm able to grab a $200 card for $150, that's like getting an extra 25 percent discount on everything I buy.

Plenty of people are willing to unload their unused gift cards for less than their face value, and there are a handful of online stores that help:

  • Plastic Jungle is the most popular card-specific option, letting you sort their offerings by merchant, face value or discount.
  • has a lesser selection, but is worth a try if you're looking for something specific (Anybody buying flowers? They've got a ton of 1-800-Flowers cards right now!)
  • offers you the option to set an email alert for a specific card merchant if you can't find what you're looking for in their inventory.
  • Then, of course, there's always trusty eBay. Private sellers list their thanks-but-no-thanks gifted cards and re-gift it to you at a discount from face value.

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