In short, a dog breeder sold a dog to a couple in exchange for a $150 Tractor Supply Gift Card.
This is a bad idea for several reasons, and intuitively I would consider the gift card, it's value (and any of it's inherent risks) transferred at the time of sale. But that's not how the judge saw it.
The judge compared the payment of the gift card to be the same as using counterfeit money or a bad check. In fact, she didn't even care whether or not the buyer was aware the card would soon to be worthless. At the end of the day, the seller never received payment for the dog. I can follow, but I'm not sure I agree because the questions remains:
If the gift card had expired after the purchase of the dog, would the judge still consider the payment to be unreceived?
The answer is:
Who cares? Just don't ever use or accept a gift card as payment with anyone other than the company who issued the card. It's just not gift card smart!