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SUMM3RxBABii said:   Just called Staples and they said they don't allow purchasing third-party gift cards with their gift cards.
  I guess you and me make a total of 2 people who didn't already know that.

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Walgreens has no purchase charge for Amex Gift Cards this week. thru 12/13.

It says a savings of $3.95-6.95 so Im guessing they are $50s and $100s.

None of my credit cards pay 5% this quarter and of course you cant use Walgreens GCs.

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tehlorax said:   
sunflowermel said:   I received a substantial amount of Best Buy gift cards because I changed wireless carriers and sold my phones back. I am trying to figure out how to turn them into cash or purchase other gift cards. I read from another site that if you purchase an item for more as well as use a debit/credit card, exchange the next day due to something wrong with it or exchange for different brand or item, then return a week later, they will return all cash on the debit/credit card. The reason for the middle step is because the registers are prompted on a return on the exchanged receipt: Object Variable Not Set
Has anyone tried this?

  Amazon giftcards aren't close enough to cash for you?

  
A few weeks ago, I would have agreed with you.  But I have checked multiple BBs in FL and AL (and am checking GA today, not holding my breath), none have the Kindle cards anymore.  I managed to find ONE $25 gc at one in Destin earlier in the week.

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I have a $197 best buy GC and I have just been sitting on it. Havent even been to buy store to see if they have mastercards or visas and selling the card would likely mean a 20% hit (After fees)

Ive been doing the same with a bunch of Kmart & Sears cards. And now my fridge is going out so I will probably be able to use all those Kmart & Sears cards I accumulated mostly when I could still buy mastercards with them.

Ive found holding discounted giftcards can make future hot deals even hotter. But, you might have to sit on them for some time.

Given that rates are so low, that's not always a bad idea. The key is just don't lose them.

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Question about stores 2 (Sears), 3 (K-Mart), and 4 (Staples). I received a gift certificate to GiftCertificates.com and would like to use the funds to purchase gift certificates for family members. Have people been successful using Sears/K-Mart/Staples gift certificates to buy Visa/MasterCard/American Express gift cards at the above mentioned retailers?

If so, I'll use the giftcerticate.com code towards a Sears/K-Mart/Staples to buy a Visa/MasterCard/American Express gift cards for family and friends. Thank you!

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The registers do not allow it at Kmart. They did a few years ago. Never tried Sears or Staples.

The Kmart registers will allow you to buy Amazon or other brand gift cards but not mastercard, visa or amex.

I asked once at Staples and was told no but 90% of the time you will be told no even if its ok.

The back of many cards expressly prohibit it.

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smaycs4 said:   The registers do not allow it at Kmart. They did a few years ago. Never tried Sears or Staples.

The Kmart registers will allow you to buy Amazon or other brand gift cards but not mastercard, visa or amex.

I asked once at Staples and was told no but 90% of the time you will be told no even if its ok.

The back of many cards expressly prohibit it.

  thank you and repped .  Does anyone have any more experience?  I may go the Amazon route.  The people I have in mind are new parents and I figured an open ended giftcard would be best but Amazon would be the next best thing I assume.

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Is toysrus phasing out the Amazon/Kindle gift cards now?

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bumfromjersey said:   
smaycs4 said:   The registers do not allow it at Kmart. They did a few years ago. Never tried Sears or Staples.

The Kmart registers will allow you to buy Amazon or other brand gift cards but not mastercard, visa or amex.

I asked once at Staples and was told no but 90% of the time you will be told no even if its ok.

The back of many cards expressly prohibit it.

  thank you and repped .  Does anyone have any more experience?  I may go the Amazon route.  The people I have in mind are new parents and I figured an open ended giftcard would be best but Amazon would be the next best thing I assume.

  A couple more things.  Kmart also sells  BP and Shell gas cards. And Burger king and a few other food places. Never been shot down on any of them. I WAS shot down by the register when trying to combine about $450 worth of Sears & Kmart cards.  So i would suggest keeping transactions under $150 or $100. Even if you have to get back in line a few more times.

A different cashier might shoot you down and most managers will if they see it happening.

The key anywhere when trying giftcard transactions is staying under the radar. And dont ask permission. Just try it. Asking permission will get you a "no" 95% of the time.

But many cashiers dont know or care.

Publix is the only place that will let me buy mastercard or visas with their giftcards. But there is a $5.95 fee on $100 and discounted publix cards are about as rare as snow in July.

I loaded up on $500 worth of publix giftcards and a few days later publix quit selling eBay gfitcards for good. I was stuck with $500 worth of cards. I got 5% back from buying them so my cost was about $475 but I still lose 65 cents per hundred converting them to mastercards.

So do I hold them and spend them slowly over years or convert to mastercards at a loss ?

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Just tried to buy a couple of eBay gift cards at a Kroger store earlier with a couple of Kroger gift cards.

Never had any issues before either going through a cashier or self checkout. Since you can just select card payment on the terminal and then slide the gift card yourself and cashier wouldn't even notice you are using a gift card instead of credit or debit cards.

However, tried to buy $100 eBay gift cards today and one of the Kroger gift card I have has slightly over $99 on the card. So I used that first, and the system took it without any issues and asked for payment for the remaining amount due, when I tried to pay with another Kroger gift card. It required cashier assistance (was at self checkout), and the cashier didn't know what the msg on her system was about, called a supervisor over, and the supervisor noticed I was paying with gift cards and said it wasn't allowed even if their system took it the first time.

So watch out if trying to buy gift cards and pay with more than one gift card even with systems that generally allow that, at least for Kroger stores.

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focusfocus said:   Just tried to buy a couple of eBay gift cards at a Kroger store earlier with a couple of Kroger gift cards.

Never had any issues before either going through a cashier or self checkout. Since you can just select card payment on the terminal and then slide the gift card yourself and cashier wouldn't even notice you are using a gift card instead of credit or debit cards.

However, tried to buy $100 eBay gift cards today and one of the Kroger gift card I have has slightly over $99 on the card. So I used that first, and the system took it without any issues and asked for payment for the remaining amount due, when I tried to pay with another Kroger gift card. It required cashier assistance (was at self checkout), and the cashier didn't know what the msg on her system was about, called a supervisor over, and the supervisor noticed I was paying with gift cards and said it wasn't allowed even if their system took it the first time.

So watch out if trying to buy gift cards and pay with more than one gift card even with systems that generally allow that, at least for Kroger stores.

  That could have been not allowing 2 payments for one item. Registers are programmed in ways that wont allow that...perhaps in an attempt to keep cashiers from taking 20 coupons on 10 items.

So, you might have gotten away with it by buying a can of corn.

But in general, anything that gets a manger or supervisor involved means the transaction will be denied.

I think my failed attempt at sams might have been from trying to use too many cards compared to the cards I bought. I was buying 4 cards but when I tried to pay using the 5th gc, the register shut down and my entire transaction was in no mans land.  The money was OFF my cards but I walked out with nothing. All the money came back overnight, thank goodness.  But, It was the last day for my temp membership and now I am unable to even try again. And their next open house might be after they run out of $200 cards.

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smaycs4 said:   
focusfocus said:   Just tried to buy a couple of eBay gift cards at a Kroger store earlier with a couple of Kroger gift cards.

Never had any issues before either going through a cashier or self checkout. Since you can just select card payment on the terminal and then slide the gift card yourself and cashier wouldn't even notice you are using a gift card instead of credit or debit cards.

However, tried to buy $100 eBay gift cards today and one of the Kroger gift card I have has slightly over $99 on the card. So I used that first, and the system took it without any issues and asked for payment for the remaining amount due, when I tried to pay with another Kroger gift card. It required cashier assistance (was at self checkout), and the cashier didn't know what the msg on her system was about, called a supervisor over, and the supervisor noticed I was paying with gift cards and said it wasn't allowed even if their system took it the first time.

So watch out if trying to buy gift cards and pay with more than one gift card even with systems that generally allow that, at least for Kroger stores.

  That could have been not allowing 2 payments for one item. Registers are programmed in ways that wont allow that...perhaps in an attempt to keep cashiers from taking 20 coupons on 10 items.

So, you might have gotten away with it by buying a can of corn.

But in general, anything that gets a manger or supervisor involved means the transaction will be denied.

I think my failed attempt at sams might have been from trying to use too many cards compared to the cards I bought. I was buying 4 cards but when I tried to pay using the 5th gc, the register shut down and my entire transaction was in no mans land.  The money was OFF my cards but I walked out with nothing. All the money came back overnight, thank goodness.  But, It was the last day for my temp membership and now I am unable to even try again. And their next open house might be after they run out of $200 cards.

I had two $50 eBay gift cards and a carton of milk, so using more than 1 gift card to pay when buying gift cards is still likely the problem.  

The highest fixed value eBay card they had was $50 ones. Otherwise there are variable load of $25~$500 ones, bought those before and they require cashier assistance to enter the amount you are buying, so I try to stay away from those if fixed amount cards are available.

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Can you use Kmart's GC to buy visa GC at Sears?

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tomprc said:   Is toysrus phasing out the Amazon/Kindle gift cards now?
  That has been my experience. Also TRS gave me a lot of run arounds when buying 3rd party GCs using TRS GCs. I won't be buying any TRS GCs. They stuffs usually cost more. Even a 10% discount won't make up for it.

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TRU stopped selling Amazon GCs few weeks ago -- the registers wont activate them even if there's any left over stock

They did start carrying eBay GCs so that's another option

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Beware about Sears. I've converted a bunch of gift cards at Sears, but they wouldn't allow it today at two registers.

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canwoop said:   Beware about Sears. I've converted a bunch of gift cards at Sears, but they wouldn't allow it today at two registers.
  The registers wouldnt allow it or the cashiers ?

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Any updates on Sears and Kmart?

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dawpa2000 said:   Any updates on Sears and Kmart?
  I was able to buy an Amazon gift card at Sears using a Sears gift card last week, no problems. So I assume it's the cashiers who won't allow it (which I've run into previously as well).

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FYI - WalMart.com does not allow purchase of gc's with WalMart giftcard. The option to pay by gc if not available at checkout (only credit card and paypal). Tried vanilla visa and subway giftcards.

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hbg1 said:   
dawpa2000 said:   Any updates on Sears and Kmart?
  I was able to buy an Amazon gift card at Sears using a Sears gift card last week, no problems. So I assume it's the cashiers who won't allow it (which I've run into previously as well).

  Tip:  do not show your payment method before hand.  After the cashier ring up, swap the Sears GC at the terminal then hand it over to the cashier, they need to then type in the last few digits.  A lot of the cashier gets confused when the computer ask for the digitls of the giftcard and think it's the GC you are buying, it's asking for the # off the GC you are using to pay.

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I never have problems using TRU gift cards to buy other gift cards. They're my go to place for this.

I want to say kudos for great service, too. I had bought a couple eBay gift cards last month. I accidentally handed them three gift cards when I thought I was handing them two. They had to void the one I didn't want. Well, I went to redeem the gift cards at eBay and discovered that one of them was inactive. The card numbers didn't match what was on the receipt. TRU had given me a bad gift card by accident. I figured I was screwed. I was given an inactive gift card, and the one I should have got had already been shredded. But to my surprise, their customer service returned my cash without hassle.

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ZenNUTS said:   hbg1 said:   
dawpa2000 said:   Any updates on Sears and Kmart?
  I was able to buy an Amazon gift card at Sears using a Sears gift card last week, no problems. So I assume it's the cashiers who won't allow it (which I've run into previously as well).

  Tip:  do not show your payment method before hand.  After the cashier ring up, swap the Sears GC at the terminal then hand it over to the cashier, they need to then type in the last few digits.  A lot of the cashier gets confused when the computer ask for the digitls of the giftcard and think it's the GC you are buying, it's asking for the # off the GC you are using to pay.

+1 to this. Also, when they activate a card, if they don't sell it then they have to discard it. I learned not to confirm that gift cards are accepted for gift cards, because they will usually just say no, or they may even claim that they don't because they would get scammed.

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OD no longer allows you to purchase gift cards online with gift card (used to work to consolidate gift cards and convert rewards certificates). Must have started 1/1/15.

Some reports of some stores that have not been updated can still do if you get cashier that allows. Might try.

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It has to be a super Wal-Mart... i have tried at neighborhood walmarts or smaller stores in bad parts of town and it NEVER works... all the employes KNOW you aren't supposed to pay with them and I even tried swiping with a gift card(even a credit card, not debit) without them knowing what it was paying with and the system denied it(not the "professional grocery checker" on a power trip due to the fact they feel pathetic this is their "career").  I had done it many times at the Super Wal-Mart, by my house, so I knew it was possible... After some arguing I gave up and i went to the Wal-Mart by my house, went to the self check out, and it worked, easy as pie.  Maybe it is just the self check out machines? Well, no, i have done it at the register too?  I HONESTLY DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA!  My suggestion is go to a super Wal-Mart in a nice part of town... go to a self check out (new/reload gift card button on main screen where you scan stuff... it will instruct you on what to do. it is SUPER easy), and BOOM... I  PROMISE you it will work.  You can use any type of credit card or a Wal-Mart gift card to buy ANY type of third party gift card... EVEN A VISA GIFT CARD!!!  I even took my Wal-Mart charge card, bought visa gift cards at Wal-Mart, went to Smith's; loaded my WU prepaid debit with my visa gift cards i just bought(smiths is the only place i found that allow me to load it with debit...) , and then pulled the money out of the atm off my WU prepaid visa... Wal-Mart charge card, where you can only buy merch. there, into cold hard cash... not to mention, 100% of it!  Most people will buy gift cards other retailers and sell it on websites, like plastic jungle, but they loose around 20 percent.  This way you get 100 % AND YOU CAN'T BEAT THAT  Everywhere I read online people who go to neighborhood(only grocery store) wal-marts are unable to do it... and people who go to super wal-marts (has electronics, health beauty, home stuff, auto stuff, clothes, ext) are able to do it. 

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@missalitea, Does it work on variable gift cards? like $25-$500 or does it need to be a set amount like $100? I have a lot of WalMart egift cards id like to get a visa gift card.

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Ive ONLY tried variable balance giftcards at a superwalmart. The register wont allow it.

Have never seen $100 visa cards some have reported they will work, have never tried to buy any other giftcards with WalMart cards. I have combined WalMart cards. The register allows it. Its expressly allowed per the WalMart website but many cashiers will say its not allowed.

Ive never tried the self checkout for any of it. I need to combine a few so maybe next time.


One cashier at any store is often meaningless.

Flat rate cards used to work at Sams. Last time I tried, there was an issue. not sure if its because its no longer allowed or because I tried to pay with too many giftcards or the register just died.

Im no longer a member. And my nearest store only carries the variable cards and they do NOT work.

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So here's the story I got at my local Sears store today. They are trying to crack down on fraud and there seems to be a bit of confusion about which payments are used and how blah blah. You can still use Sears Gift Cards to buy any 3rd party cards including the Visa/MasterCard/AmEx you just need to stress that your intention is to use Sears Gift Cards and not anything else. I am trying to unlock my Shop Your Way account to get the copy of the receipt for verification/proof but I just checked out successfully about 30 min ago.

EDIT: Added receipt with blacked out personal info

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I had no problems today at Sears buying $100 Amazon and $100 Disney gift cards with a Sears gift card. However, at a nearby K-Mart, the were only accepting cash to buy gift cards; you couldn't even use credit cards for gift card purchases!

I've been getting Disney and SWA gift cards at Sam's Club with WalMart gift cards without any problems.

And I've been getting a variety of gift cards with Target gift cards without any problems.

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