I tell my mom the same thing each year when she asks me what I want for Christmas and I always answer back with “A gift card!”. My parents are in Ontario and I’m in Nova Scotia and we normally don’t go there for Christmas so she has to send the gifts to me. As all Canadians know, our shipping costs are crazy expensive. It’s just easier and cheaper to mail a Gift Card vs. a huge box of wrapped gifts.
I also purchase gift cards as Christmas gifts for my family and John. I never know what to get them and what they need so I figure with a gift card, they can buy what they want. Normally, I’d have to drive to the store to buy the Gift Card, but this year I’m doing something different. I’ll be purchasing all my gift cards at CardSwap.ca!
Buying Gift Cards on CardSwap.ca
CardSwap.ca is a Canadian site where you can buy and sell gift cards from many popular retailers. With buying a gift card, you pay the amount that the gift card is worth, BUT you also earn rewards with each purchase you make. These rewards are called SwapPoints and you can accumulate them and buy gift cards once you have enough using these SwapPoints. When you are looking at the gift cards, you will see how many SwapPoints you’ll earn with each purchase.
For example, if I purchase this $50 Tim Hortons Gift Card, I will earn 100 SwapPoints. To give you an idea of what they are worth, 1000 SwapPoints equals $10.
You can check out the card you are interested in purchasing and see how many SwapPoints you will earn on your purchase.
CardSwap.ca has a good selection of gift cards from various retailers like Tim Hortons, Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Boston Pizza, Amazon.ca, Cineplex and much more. When I’m looking at the gift cards, I like to see everything that is available so I click “Available Cards” under Availability to see what is currently for sale. You can also search by category like Department Stores, Electronics, etc.
I settled on purchasing a $50 Shoppers Drug Mart Gift Card since I shop there quite often for cosmetics and toiletries. For the $50 Gift Card, I would be earning 100 SwapPoints.
It was a painless process to place an order. I received an email confirmation immediately that my order had been received. They said my order would be shipped within two business days. Shipping was lightning fast and two days late my gift card came! I was very impressed with how smooth the ordering process is and how fast shipping was. Because my experience was so good, I will be giving CardSwap.ca more of my business. It’s so much easier for me to order gift cards from home than having to drive sometimes up to an hour away to get a gift card. The SwapPoints I’m earning are just an extra bonus!
There are also NO HIDDEN FEES! What you see is what you pay. You can use Paypal, Interac Online, Credit Card or redeem your SwapPoints to pay for your purchases. Shipping is also FREE.
Selling Gift Cards on CardSwap.ca
You can also sell your unwanted gift cards on CardSwap.ca and receive your choice of either a cheque or SwapPoints. I haven’t tried this out yet, but I plan to if I get a gift card I can’t use.
You enter the details of your gift card you are looking to sell and CardSwap.ca will make you an offer of up to 92% cash back on the face value of the gift card. Then you mail the gift card to CardSwap.ca using the prepaid shipping label they give you. CardSwap.ca will then send you a cheque or credit your account with SwapPoints within two days of receiving and validating your gift card.
So next time you have a gift card that you won’t use, please don’t let it go to waste! Sell it on CardSwap.ca and get some cash instead.
Visit CardSwap.ca to set up your free account and check out what they have to offer. This is one site I’ve bookmarked because I’ve been visiting it so often!
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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.