It's wise to redeem gift cards sooner than later and for some, that's easier said than done. I'm one of those who has trouble remembering to use my gift cards. In fact, ScripSmart's Nag-me Alerts were developed to give me an extra kick in the pants and help me redeem those gift cards which have been collecting dust.In case you need convincing, here are five great reasons to use your gift card today:
1. Gift Cards Become Lost And Forgotten
It's easier than you think and not just for the unorganized. Billions of gift card dollars go unredeemed each year. Gift cards can be difficult to replace, often requiring you have the lost gift card number which you never recorded elsewhere. Furthermore, it's possible the gift card is non-replaceable, even with a gift card number or proof of purchase. For example, the PetSmart Gift Card rules specifically state: "We cannot replace lost or stolen Gift Cards".
2. Gift Card Fees And Expiration
While many gift cards do not have fees or expiration dates, there are still plenty of gift card in the marketplace charging fees and imposing expiration dates. Keep in mind, New federal gift card law allows for fees and expiration dates.
3. Companies Go Out Of Business, Gift Cards Become Worthless
It happens again and again. If a company goes under, you're gift card is set to implode, soon to become worthless. It can happen without warning and we've seen both small and large operations close up shop giving gift card holders little or no time.
4. Companies Close Locations
Today may not be a convenient time to redeem your Blockbuster Gift Card, but when the location nearest you closes, it's going to be a lot less convenient.
5. Stolen Gift Cards
Gift cards are easy for criminals to use: no id required, no name on the card and no risk for the business when they accept a stolen gift card for payment. Whether you leave your purse at a restaurant or get mugged in a back alley, gift cards are second only to cash for ease of use and difficulty of replacing.
ScripSmart Accounts Can Help
If you're like me and have trouble remembering to use that gift card in your wallet, sign up for a free ScripSmart Account and take advantage of our alert system. Nag-me alerts are just one of four types of ScripSmart Alerts available.