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Old 11-24-09, 02:05 PM   #1
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What to do with leftover debit gift cards?

You know the ones you get from mail-in rebates now? I have a handful of these things, each with only a buck or two left on them, rendering them practically useless for retail.

How can I get this money off of there? Can I Paypal it over to myself?
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Old 11-24-09, 02:06 PM   #2
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Re: What to do with leftover debit gift cards?

call the number on the card and cancel it. they will send you a check. you can do this when the card has a full balance as well.
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Old 11-24-09, 02:06 PM   #3
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Re: What to do with leftover debit gift cards?

You could try paying a portion of a bill online. I know ATT wireless will let you charge as little as .01. Some places are a dollar. You could use them at the gas pump or grocery store.
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Old 11-24-09, 02:13 PM   #4
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Re: What to do with leftover debit gift cards?

Give them to the salvation army bell ringers. They'll thank you like you gave them the full balance.
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Old 11-24-09, 02:55 PM   #5
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Re: What to do with leftover debit gift cards?

If you know the balance, then you can go to a store and buy something and tell the cashier, "There's x dollars and y cents on this card," the cashier will (if the technology is willing) charge the card for x dollars and y cents and tell you the balance of your purchase which you should be able to pay with either cash or different plastic.

I'm a cashier, I do this all the time for customers. No muss, no fuss.
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Old 11-24-09, 04:19 PM   #6
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Re: What to do with leftover debit gift cards?

ive used left over amounts on gift cards to buy amazon credit - then i can save it for when i need something from amazon.
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Old 11-24-09, 04:57 PM   #7
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Re: What to do with leftover debit gift cards?

What are you talking about? Use every last cent on them. I would use 10 of them in a single transaction if they were all low amounts. Why would you think they are useless for retail?
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Old 11-25-09, 08:22 AM   #8
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Re: What to do with leftover debit gift cards?

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If you know the balance, then you can go to a store and buy something and tell the cashier, "There's x dollars and y cents on this card," the cashier will (if the technology is willing) charge the card for x dollars and y cents and tell you the balance of your purchase which you should be able to pay with either cash or different plastic.

I'm a cashier, I do this all the time for customers. No muss, no fuss.
I've done exactly this. I've already used a card that had $0.17 left and I had no problems. The biggest pain is that with the debit cards you usually need to know the balance yourself (maybe you can call the number on the card to retreive that info).
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Old 11-25-09, 10:09 AM   #9
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Re: What to do with leftover debit gift cards?

Hmm, I've never had a problem using leftover money on a debit card without knowing how much there was. I always just give it to the cashier and ask him/her to check to see if there's a remaining balance.
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Old 11-25-09, 11:01 AM   #10
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Re: What to do with leftover debit gift cards?

I'll echo just use them up next time you make a retail purchase.
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Old 11-25-09, 01:49 PM   #11
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Re: What to do with leftover debit gift cards?

This doesn't help the OP but, here in CA, there's a law that any remaining balance under $10 can be taken in cash. Didn't know about this until the consumer guy on one of the local news station mentioned it.
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Old 11-27-09, 02:50 PM   #12
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Re: What to do with leftover debit gift cards?

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If you know the balance, then you can go to a store and buy something and tell the cashier, "There's x dollars and y cents on this card," the cashier will (if the technology is willing) charge the card for x dollars and y cents and tell you the balance of your purchase which you should be able to pay with either cash or different plastic.

I'm a cashier, I do this all the time for customers. No muss, no fuss.
At Target, you don't even need to know the balance. Just swipe the card, sign it, and the computer will know how much is on it and take away from the total.
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