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Old 05-03-2011, 09:11 AM
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At Christmas my family knows how I like to get Bass Pro gift cards so I usually receive several. I went to BP Saturday to get some fishing and boating supplies. One of my $50.00 cards had not been activated. I know the card was not purchased at BP since none of my family lives any where near one. It was probably purchased at a grocery store where they are for sale during the holidays. The customer service at BP said there was nothing they could do which I understand since it was not purchased there. Has anyone else had this problem. Unless I had a receipt showing the purchase I know there is probably nothing I can do. I can imagine this may happen often and the clerk at the selling store probably pockets the money. In fact the lady at BP said they had several people with this same problem and the cards were purchased in the same area that mine were bought. I think from now on when I purchase gift cards of any sort I am going to include the receipt with the card when I give it to someone for a gift.
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I thought they had to be activated at the counter when you purchase it, like you have to watch them activate it.......that sucks you lost out on it.
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Is there a way these things get "erased"?
My wife bought several Itunes cards in early winter. My oldest tried using two of them yesterday and neither one of them would work.
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Where would you buy it if not BP? Seems like that place needs to make it good.
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We're in retail and provide gift cards across the country and our provider sent a notice on a scam that is probably what happened to you. So the running scam is that you pay to activate a card. The places that sell a variety of these gift cards (Wal-mart, Walgreens, Gas stations, etc) often sell other cards as well like just plain Amex and Visa cards. These are all provided by a manufacturer and are set up into some sort of kiosk type setup. So the scam is that they scan a card and activate it, but what you don't see is that they are actually activating a visa or amex card they had at the register instead of your bass pro shop card that you wanted to buy. So you pay for it and walk out with an unactivated card and they walk with a $50 amex card for drinks, gas, whatever. Pretty much invisible to the buyer.

What our gift card provider recommends is if you purchase a card, immediately contact the number on the back of the card to verify the balance. some cards don't allow you to do this becuase you have to register them first, but the greater majority of the cards allow you to pretty much immediately after buying them.
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Safeway sells tons of gift cards and you should get an activation receipt when you purchase the card that shows the time, date, and place of activation along w/ some serial #s.

We actually had a gift card stolen by our former housecleaning service, but they left the activation receipt. We were able to call the # on the receipt, cancel the remaining $ on card, and they were able to tell us where the card was used and when.
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What a bummer!

I guess I'm old fashion. I send cash/checks as gifts. Myself, I rather receive small trinkets that show that the sender put some thought into the gift selection even if it is something inexpensive.

Getting off track here, but my GF actually makes small stuff every year to give to her large family. Everyone in her family just about has everything they need so it's literally the thought that counts!
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I detest gift cards,either as sender or donee. I would rather give money that the recipient can use any where than purchase or receive a gift card.
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I've been giving unactivated gift cards as gifts for years. Mostly at the parties where you steal gifts from others around Christmas time. White Elephant or Chinese Christmas I think they are called. It's perfect. I get something for nothing.

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