Gift cards growing in popularity but beware their dangers

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  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Nov. 26, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    Gift cards are a brilliant idea from the perspective of a business and an absolutely moronic one from the perspective of a consumer. Why would a consumer ever buy a gift card? Why not just give cash? Cash is like a gift card that you can use anywhere you want, not just at one store. Oh, and cash never expires, has no blackout dates, no hidden fees, and isn't only valid on regular-priced items.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    SEND the cards!

    My children's grandparents, who live far away and have little contact, used to spend money on gifts far too small and far too young, and buy them at stores we have no access to. We gave hundreds of dollars of gifts to the D.I. every year--items my kids really could have used, if only they had been size and age appropriate.

    A couple years ago we convinced the grandparents to send gift cards so our kids could get what they really needed and also wanted. Our family rarely gets to go shopping for fun, so once a year, with $20 for them to spend only on themselves, it's a great treat.

    Gift cards DO fill a need for some families; don't disparage the whole industry. Our kids would be sad without them.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 22, 2012 2:44 a.m.

    These so called gift cards are an insult to the thought of giving and thinking of loved ones and friends. Most are never used because the come from places that people never use or know of.

    I did use a card once, my first one and learned then that its a disgusting way to pretend to think of people you know.

    They are not a gift of thought or giving, it an act of inconvenience and lazy minds. Whether they get used or not is irrelevant, you did your duty and thought of them as a piece of dung not worth any effort of a scribbled thank you note as family or friend.

    When I receive them I hand them back without hesitation, I don't live their lifestyle and shop in China.