I see the Government have rightly changed the rules on gift cards so they will now have a three year use by date.
Does it go far enough?
I really think the value of the card should at least be allowed to be refunded to the purchaser if the card is inappropriate.
I feel if you cannot spend the full amount on the card the cash remaining value should be refundable in cash also.
Recently given a Gift card to an Art supplier. I thought it was a very generous gesture. I tallied up my wish list and added it to the cart remembering there would probably be a postage and handling charge that would be added on when I clicked “Proceed to checkout”. So I juggled the tally minused a few would likes then plused a few don’t really wants until I got to $2 shy of the total gift price.
However, the Postage and Handling is not included in the gift voucher. That meant I would be up for around $12 no matter what and my visa details.
Now you are possibly thinking, why be so stingy? Well Google wasn’t happy with the site and each time I clicked on a link up came a security messages and a blocked link so I was concerned.
I thought of going to a store however the nearest one was a 3 hour drive away and that would be rather impractical. Not only that a clause on the gift certificate read,
“Photo ID will be required when redeeming Online gift vouchers. Online Gift Voucher’s bearer’s ID may be recorded.”
So this is how I see it:
- They have the purchasers Visa and personal details.
- They want my Visa and personal details and the $100 gift voucher now really costs $112.
- If I go to a store they want my driver’s licence details recorded however I get $100 worth of goods.
- They want me to forgo all my security safety net and yet Google has deemed their website unsafe.
Really? I want the person who gave me the gift voucher to be refunded the $100. I bet that isn’t possible.