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How to Activate Prepaid Visa, MasterCard or Discover Gift Cards

What is gift card activation? Bank-issued gift cards are associated with bank accounts. Gift card activation is the process of making the account number associated with the gift card ready to receive withdrawal and, in some cases, deposit transaction commands. An inactive gift card will be declined if used for payment because it is simply a piece of plastic linked to a bank account that is not ready to be used.Why activate a gift card? Many gift card suppliers require the account number linked to a card to be activated before making the card functional for purchases. Although activation requires an extra step on the part of the gift card receiver, the process allows the supplier to run fraud prevention checks,  such as making sure the card was actually sold (versus a thief activating stolen plastic) or providing a window of opportunity to cancel a gift card’s account if a card was stolen after purchase (e.g. intercepting the mail.) How to Activate a Gift Card Visa®,   Read More »
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Free Printable Holder for Thank You Gift Card

"Gifting Made Easy" by Gift Card Girlfriend I'm excited to announce our new line of free, printable gift card holders designed to perfectly match our pre-designed gift cards. (Remember Garanimals?) Now you have the option to buy a matching greeting card or print a matching holder at home that can  Read More »

Where Can Gift Cards be Sold for Cash?

Gift Card Girlfriend answers the gift card questions you've been asking. Got a gift card you don’t want? Then sell it for cash online, at a mall kiosk, in some grocery stores or at select service centers. You won’t get the gift card’s full value back in cash, but getting some money in return  Read More »
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