Never Buy Gift Cards at Full Price: 7 Places to Find Them Cheaper

Gift CardsWith the holiday shopping season rapidly counting down, shoppers will increasingly give up on finding the perfect gifts and instead buy gift cards for their loved ones. Yet while many of those shoppers will pay full price for gift cards, you shouldn't, because discounts are everywhere.

The convenience and ease of gift cards has made them increasingly popular, both for givers and gift recipients.

A recent study of affluent consumers showed that nearly half the women surveyed and almost a third of men wanted gift cards or cash to spend as a holiday gift. A separate American Express (AXP) survey pegged the figure for women at closer to 60 percent, with gift cards for retailers and restaurants topping the wish list.

From the retailer's perspective, gift cards are a gold mine. They get cash right away for their cards, but they don't have to deliver the goods until the cardholder comes in and makes purchases -- months or even years in the future.

That advantage is one reason you can almost always track down discounts on gift cards. Here are several places to look:

You can follow Motley Fool contributor Dan Caplinger on Twitter @DanCaplinger. He owns shares of Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Costco Wholesale, and JPMorgan Chase. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Apple, American Express, Costco Wholesale, and eBay.

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Katie Caldwell

beware of plastic jungle their a scaammmmmm i attempted to sell one to them and they had me mail it to them then said they weren't taking that card at the moment.... EVEN THOUGH THEY TOLD ME TO GO AHEAD AND MAIL IT!!!! Then sent me back an empty letter... i called them about it and they said the card must have SLIPPED out and slit the envelope open during shipping... and to call the post office. HAHA YEA RIGHT THAT JUST MEANS UR SCREWED. the obviously stole it... that was a VERY nice excuse though ASSHOELS>.. so don't trust them...

June 04 2015 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shane Smith

I always purchase my Google play store gift card, PlayStation network card and iTunes gift card at very cheap and discounted rates from

November 24 2014 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ScoobyDooby Doo

You can win a lot of gift cards, free of cost, no need to buy it if companies are offering it free, for more details just visit the website.

May 19 2014 at 4:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe Harbour

i just recently found out about this type of thing.. I mean I had heard of this before but for some reason never looked into it. But giftcard zen has some really good deals. Especially clothing, 25% off aeropostale and american eagle, such good deal.

February 16 2014 at 5:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you can couple these savings with the cash back rewards of 1.5% on your credit card and the cash back you get from a shopping club like, then you can maximize the savings.

December 02 2013 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've been buying discounted gift cards for a while now and I've found a new site that lists discounts up to 20%. Check them out, always new cards being added.

October 16 2013 at 4:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
CoryK lists hundreds of Discounted Gift Cards every day. It's a great place to pick up a deal.

Check it out today and save!

February 04 2013 at 12:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Do not buy them on Ebay. This is one of the big scam items (even with great feedback), especially in the larger denominations and/or have a "buy it now" at 10-20% off face value. I use to buy them there, but got to the point where about 20% where scams. Not worth saving 10% if 20% are bad.

December 05 2012 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What I find fascinating is that people, on ebay, actually pay more for a card than what's on the card. Why?

December 05 2012 at 5:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to pj512's comment

Because they are stupid!

December 05 2012 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Argua T. Hickey

Excellent information----- thanks!!!

December 05 2012 at 5:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Next Sonic

You can find, compare and buy discount gift cards or Sell gift cards for cash. Checkout

April 18 2015 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply