I don’t know about you, but Christmas 2012 came and left faster then a jet taking off. Seriously, I don’t know where the time went, but surely flew right by. That being said, I’m kinda glad we’re past the whole Christmas theme, and can look forward to embracing the New Year – a fresh beginning for many.
We’ve all had the opportunity open up our presents, some big, some small and some were just simple as a gift card. Personally I love gift cards – getting them and giving them away. But sometimes we get gift cards that simply don’t appeal to us anymore. Either we stopped shopping at those stores or they’re simply not convenient enough to stop by in our daily travels. So, what do you do with a card you no longer want? You could re-gift it, but personally I hate re-gifting gift cards.
Up until recently you had two options with gift cards – re-gift or use them. But that all changed when CardSwap came onto the scene.
CardSwap is a Canadian company, based out of my hometown of Toronto which was founded by Frances Ho in 2009. The small business that had a moment of glory in a 2011 episode of the Dragons Den, where Frances was able to convince two dragons for $500k in cash in exchange for 50% of the business – a success in its own.
What makes CardSwap unique is that it provides a solution for unwanted gift cards. Upon your registration on their website, CardSwap will sell you gifts cards to hundreds of well known Canadian retailers, it will also purchase your unwanted gift cards at a percentage and in return send you a check.
The process is seamless, you simply fill out their online form and send your card in for redemption. Sold cards are paid out with a check within 7-10 days. But there’s more! Every time you purchase a gift card, you’ll receive swappoints. Eventually after enough swappoints, you can use it towards purchasing a gift card of your choice.
For those who purchase gift cards through CardSwap, you can expect to receive them in 7-10 days. So, not only can you grab gift cards giveaway, but you can also redeem that pile of gift cards you will never use for cash!
Personally, I think the whole idea behind CardSwap is the greatest thing since sliced bread. And not to mention they’re Canadian, so a win-win-win for the Canadian consumer. For those of you dislike hitting the stores or if you happen to live in a more rural area, CardSwap offers e-codes for all your online shopping needs.
Have you gotten any gift cards that don’t appeal to you?