How to Get Cash for Gift Cards


Want to exchange a gift card for cash? Or even just trade your unwanted gift card for a different gift card? Millions of dollars each year are left unspent on gift cards that people don't use. Fortunately, gift card exchange services have been poping up on the internet and it cities all over the nation. Here are a few tips on how to swap or sell your unwanted gift cards for cash.

Things You'll Need

  • Gift Card
  • Confirm the balance of your gift card. Any confusion about the remaining balance on your card should be taken care of before you head into a location. Call the number on the back of your gift card to find out the current balance.

    Some gift cards will not have a customer service number for you to call. In this case, you will have to visit the store or business from which the card was issued and acquire the balance manually from the cashier.

  • Find a Swap a Gift gift card exchange center near you. This can be done by heading to and using their store locator function that allows you to search by state. There are a handful of states that do not participate in this program however. If your state is among them, see step #4.

  • Head to the branch closest to you and either exchange your card for a different one of the same value or sell it for cash. The amount you can sell it for varies on the type of gift card you are selling or trading.

  • Trade or sell your card on or These companies allow you to complete the trade or sale all from the comfort of your home.

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