It is the beginning of the Holiday season, and many people, including myself, are in the throes of list making and gift shopping. Some of the people on my list are easy to shop for and some get gift cards for shops I know they love. I love to make sure everyone gets something they actually want. The only problem with giving gift cards is actually having to face the crowds and go store to store to pick them up. This year I have found the perfect solution and will be buying all my gift-cards at Cardswap.ca.
Buying Gift Cards
Cardswap.ca allows you to buy and sell gift cards from a variety of popular retailers. When buying a gift card you pay only for the face value of the card itself, just like you would at the store, but you also earn “SwapPoints” on each purchase. SwapPoints can be accumulated and then be redeemed in exchange for more gift cards or cash back.
As an example of how this works see below.
You can purchase this particular Canadian Tire Gift Card for $60.00. It has a $60 value and you pay no fees and get free shipping. On top of that you get 153 SwapPoints added to your account. Keep in mind that the number of points awarded varies from retailer to retailer and increase with the value of the gift card. To give you an idea of the value of SwapPoints, 1000 SwapPoints will get you a $10 gift card from CardSwap.
To purchase a gift card from CardSwap.ca simply login (or sign up) and then click Buy. You can then browse all the available cards or narrow it down by category to find just the right card. I found CardSwap has a really good selection of popular retailers like Canadian Tire, Tim Hortons, Winners, HBC, Amazon.ca and many more. Once you’ve found the perfect gift card just select and hit add to cart.
The entire process was quick and easy and I love that they accept both INTERAC online as well as Paypal on top of the usual Credit Card option for payment. Once my card was purchased I received an e-mail confirmation that my order was received and would be shipped within 2 business days. If that isn‘t fast enough for you, some retailers available on CardSwap offer e-codes that are available immediately after purchase.
Sell Gift Cards
CardSwap.ca will also buy unused Gift Cards from you. This is perfect for those cards sitting around your house unused and going to waste. Just enter the details of your gift card and you will receive an offer worth up to 92% of the value of the Gift Card. CardSwap will then mail you a pre-paid shipping label to send them the gift card. Once your Gift Card is received they send you a cheque within 2 business days, or should you wish, credit your account with the amount owed.
Build a Wishlist
Since I buy gift cards fairly often I was happy to find that I could build a wishlist on CardSwap.ca with my favourite merchants. So now, with my wishlist build, I get notifications when gift cards from my favourite retailers become available. Also, I was able to setup priority merchants which will allow me to view and purchase my favourite gift cards before anyone else.
P.S. I ordered my Gift Card Thursday evening and received it Monday morning! Incredibly fast service.
I was provided with the above mentioned products in order to facilitate my review, but as usual this is a personal blog and all thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and m own.