Places That Buy Gift Cards Near Me? Here’s Where to Go (Target? etc…)

You received a gift card to a store you never visit or rarely get to — now what? Sell it. If your store won’t give a refund on your gift card (suggested article: Can You Return Gift Cards? Gift Card Return Policies by Store (& State)), you can indeed sell or trade it to a company or individual. Yes, you can head to the following places that buy gift cards — even partially used gift cards — online or in stores for cash or a different gift card.

You can’t normally sell a gift card for full price, but you may be able to get back up to 90% of the current balance, or even a little more. Your card’s resale value depends on two things: the brand and the current balance. If you’ve used the card, you’ll need to check the remaining balance and keep that number handy.

Check the card’s terms of service before you try to sell it. Some stores won’t let you sell their cards or swap them for any item of value (like another gift card). Others allow resale through authorized vendors. If a card exchange won’t take your gift card, this may be why.

Note, if you absolutely want to be paid in cash and cash only for your gift cards, see our article: Where to Sell Gift Cards for Cash? Kmart? Walmart? Here’s Where…

The Places That Buy Gift Cards

Cardpool

You can sell your unwanted gift cards by visiting a Cardpool kiosk at your favorite retailer or through Cardpool’s online program.

  • How it works (kiosk): At the kiosk, scan or swipe the gift card and either accept or decline the cash offer displayed on the screen. Next, verify your identity by scanning your driver’s license. Once finished, deposit your gift card into a slot at the front of the machine. Receive your cash on the spot at the kiosk or take the printed voucher to the customer service desk to redeem your cash. If you don’t want cash, you may also choose to receive a different gift card as payment.
  • How it works (online): Go online and enter the gift card you’d like to sell. If you accept the online offer, Cardpool will send you a USPS label. Once you mail in the gift card, you’ll get a check in the mail in 5-10 business days.
  • Accepted gift cards: More than 150 retailers
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: $25
  • Are partially spent gift cards accepted?: Yes
  • Amount you receive: Cardpool pays up to 92% of the value of the gift card
  • Payment options: Cash or gift card
  • Locations: Find the nearest Cardpool kiosk

CardCash

You can sell physical or electronic gift cards through CardCash. In fact, some physical cards can be uploaded electronically, so you may not even have to mail the card. You just need to input your card brand and current balance, and you’ll get an instant quote. Payments usually arrive one to two days after the card you mail in is delivered, and you can choose to be paid by check, direct deposit, or PayPal. You can also choose to trade your card for another gift card instead, which could get you up to 14% more value. Check out your options on Cardcash.

CardKangaroo

You can sell physical gift cards to CardKangaroo by mail. Just input the brand of your card and the current value, and you’ll get an instant offer, usually around 90% of the value. You can print a free shipping label and choose to be paid by PayPal or check. You can also trade for other gift cards, which might be a better value. Check out your options on CardKangaroo.

Cashback Loans

Cashback Loans is a payday and title loan center which offers additional services, including cash for gift cards. It has over 20 locations in southern California.

  • How it works: You can either bring your gift cards to a Cashback Loans location for a quote or get a quote at the Cashback Loans website. At the store, a customer service representative will verify the value of each gift card and pay you in cash.
  • Accepted gift cards: Cashback Loans buys hundreds of brands; it will accept gift cards from most major retail chains and restaurants, as well as from regional chains.
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: $10
  • Are partially spent gift cards accepted?: Yes
  • Amount you receive: Prices change frequently based on demand, so the amount you receive will depend on which gift cards you are selling. The cash-out value is usually around 70% of the gift card value.
  • Payment options: Cash
  • Locations: Find your nearest Cashback Loans store

Check Into Cash

Check Into Cash offers small, short-term loans and paycheck advances. Check Into Cash locations also give cash for gift cards.

  • How it works: Bring either a new or used gift card into a Check Into Cash stores for a free quote. The location manager will make you an offer and, if you accept, you can walk out with cash in hand. You’ll need to show your driver’s license or other state-issued ID.
  • Accepted gift cards: Most major retailers, including Walmart, Target, The Home Depot, Starbucks, and Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: $20
  • Are partially spent gift cards accepted?: Yes
  • Amount you receive: Varies, depending on the popularity of the store the gift card is for. The company’s website does not provide a specific percentage, but you can expect to get less than face value.
  • Payment options: Cash or U.S. Money Card prepaid debit card
  • Locations: Find the nearest Check Into Cash location

Checkmate

Checkmate offers payday loans, title loans, and check cashing in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Washington. Some stores offer additional services, including cash for gift cards.

  • How it works: Checkmate’s “Cash for Gift Cards” program is available at select locations. Bring your gift cards and a photo ID to a participating location for a quote. A cashier will verify the value of the gift cards and make an offer. If you accept, you will receive cash in exchange for your gift cards.
  • Accepted gift cards: The list of accepted cards changes frequently based on demand, but includes most major retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: $10
  • Are partially spent gift cards accepted?: Yes
  • Amount you receive: 50% of the card’s value
  • Payment options: Cash
  • Locations: Find your nearest Checkmate store

Currency Exchange

Currency Exchange provides many different financial services and has more than 350 locations throughout Illinois. Currency Exchange will pay you cash for gift cards.

  • How it works: Bring your gift cards to a Currency Exchange location, along with a form of ID and get cash for your gift card.
  • Accepted gift cards: Thousands of retailers, including Target, Walmart, The Home Depot, Starbucks, and more
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: $20
  • Are partially spent gift cards accepted?: Yes
  • Amount you receive: Varies by store
  • Payment options: Cash
  • Locations: Find the nearest Currency Exchange location

eBay

You can sell physical gift cards for certain stores or services on eBay but not electronic gift cards, store merchandise credits, or Visa, Mastercard, or American Express gift cards. There are rules and restrictions on how you can list gift cards and how many you can sell at once. If you don’t already have a seller account, you’ll need to join the site and set one up. You may be charged a listing fee, and eBay charges 10% of the total amount of sale. Check out eBay’s rules on gift cards and how to create a listing.

GiftCardBin

GiftCardBin lets you buy and sell gift cards. The company partners with physical retailers in the U.S. and Canada. For example, in Florida, GiftCardBin is connected to The Check Cashing Store and Family Financial Centers.

  • How it works: Bring your gift cards to one of the affiliate locations along with a valid form of ID, then get cash for your cards on the spot. Or, save yourself a trip and sell your card online.
  • Accepted gift cards: Over 700 merchant gift cards
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: $10
  • Are partially spent gift cards accepted?: No
  • Amount you receive: To get an idea of what your gift card is worth, use the online quote form.
    • Note: You can’t trade in more than $300 worth of gift cards within a 30 day period. You also can’t sell “promotional” cards with limitations and rules that are more like a coupon than a gift card.
  • Payment options: Besides redeeming the gift cards for cash, many of the physical retailers also offer prepaid debit cards and money orders.
  • Locations: Find the nearest GiftCardBin location

GiftCardGranny

You can use GiftCardGranny to search many different exchange sites at once and find your best option — whether that’s to sell, auction, or trade your card. You can also use tools on the site to find your card balance or earn reward points for free gift cards. You may get a better price by selling on an exchange directly, but GiftCardGranny is probably your easiest and most convenient online option. Check out your options on GiftCardGranny.

GiftCardZen

You can sell physical or electronic gift cards from selected merchants on GiftCardZen, but you can’t swap one type of card for another. They pay through PayPal, and your payment will arrive 10-14 days after your card is processed. Check out your options on GiftCardZen.

Money Mart

Money Mart has more than 1,335 locations worldwide and offers check cashing, cash for gold, and other financial services, including buying gift cards. Money Mart operates in 13 states under the names Money Mart, The Check Cashing Store, American Check Casher, American Payday Loans, Check Casher, and Payday Loans.

  • How it works: Bring your gift cards into a Money Mart – or affiliate store – and you’ll receive an offer for cash. If you accept the offer, you can walk out with the cash. Check out Money Mart’s Gift Card Exchange page for more details.
  • Accepted gift cards: Varies by store
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: No limit given
  • Are partially spent gift cards accepted?: Yes
  • Amount you receive: Varies according to the popularity of the gift card
  • Payment options: Cash or Momentum Card prepaid debit card
  • Locations: Find the nearest Money Mart location

PLS

PLS offers financial services including check cashing, loans, and prepaid cards. Additional services include notaries, faxing, document copying, and gift card buybacks. It has stores in Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.

  • How it works: Bring your gift cards or store credit, a valid photo ID, and a debit or credit card to a PLS store. A cashier will give you a quote for free.
  • Accepted gift cards: Nearly 200 retailers and restaurants including AMC Theatres, Barnes & Noble, Cheesecake Factory, DSW, Forever 21, Nike, Olive Garden, Starbucks, Target, and Walmart
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: $20
  • Are partially spent gift cards accepted?: Yes
  • Amount you receive: The offer will be less than the card’s remaining balance and varies depending on which payment option you choose. PLS gives an offer 5% higher than cash if you use the Xpectations! Visa Prepaid Card.
  • Payment options: Cash or Xpectations! Visa Prepaid Card
  • Locations: Find a PLS location near you

Raise

You can sell any brand gift card or store merchandise credit on Raise. You can set your own price, and there are no fees to list your card. You get paid when someone buys your card, and Raise will take a 10% fee out of the selling price. You can be paid by check, PayPal. or direct deposit. Check out your options on Raise.com.

Target

Target offers a trade-in program that lets you exchange unwanted gift cards for a Target gift card. While this is not the same as getting cash, you can use your Target gift card online or in-store to purchase a wide variety of items, including groceries, clothes, and furniture.

  • How it works: Bring the gift cards to any participating Target store and exchange them for a Target gift card at the mobile phone Customer Service Desk in the Electronics Department.
  • Accepted gift cards: Nearly 100 accepted retailers, including Red Lobster, PetSmart, and Old Navy
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: $20
  • Are partially spent gift cards accepted?: No
  • Amount you receive: Varies; one example provided by Target is that you can exchange a $100 Walmart gift card for an $85 Target gift card.
  • Payment options: Target gift card
  • Locations: Find the nearest Target location

United Check Cashing

United Check Cashing offers check, money order, money transfer, and other financial services at its stores in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Select locations also offer cash for gift cards.

  • How it works: Bring any unwanted gift cards to a participating United Check Cashing location. A cashier will make a cash offer on the spot.
  • Accepted gift cards: Over 100 chain stores, movie theaters, restaurants, and online retailers
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: Varies by retailer; $10 for most large chains like Target and Walmart
  • Are partially spent gift cards accepted?: No; the pin on the back of the card cannot be scratched off.
  • Amount you receive: Varies by location and depending on the gift card; usually around 50% of the card’s value
  • Payment options: Cash
  • Locations: Find a United Check Cashing store near you

Other Creative Ways To Get Rid of Your Gift Cards

  • Sell or trade with someone you know. A gift card that’s useless to you may be perfect for someone you know, and vice versa. Think of any family or friends who might use your card, and offer to sell or trade the card to them. You’ll probably get the best price, and you won’t have to fill out any forms or bother with ID or other legal requirements. You could even re-gift the card, freeing up the money you would have spent on someone else’s gift.
  • If you’re feeling generous, you can donate your gift card at CharityGiftCertificates.org
  • If you want to turn your unwanted gift cards into airline miles with United, check out United’s MileagePlus Gift Card Exchange.
  • You can sell unwanted gift cards for cash at letgo, on your local Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.
  • You can re-gift them. Gift cards are a gift that’s generic enough not to get caught when you re-gift. Just make sure any time limit on the card hasn’t expired. See the FTC’s Consumer Information page on gift cards for more information on expiration dates.

In Summary

Places that buy gift cards are out there — even as close as Target. Gift card exchange kiosks, online marketplaces, and check cashing stores like Money Mart and PLS offer gift card buyback services. Although you will receive less than face value when you sell your gift cards, you can either turn them into cash or exchange them for gift cards to stores you’re more likely to visit. Either way, it’s better to get something for your gift cards instead of having them sit in a drawer until they expire.

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4 comments

  • Hi,

    Is there any place that will take eGift cards? A couple of places on your list, such as check cashing places, don’t. And yes thanks MnM, I didn’t think of letgo or Craigslist.

    Also, Wal-marts gift card t&c’s say they do not want their cards resold, so is Facebook a good idea?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Rebecca Turley says:
      First Quarter Finance logostaff

      Hi Sero,

      It looks like the most popular places to resell e-gift cards remains letgo and Craigslist, but you may also try Facebook marketplace. Good luck!

  • Pawn shops also buy gift cards, although their rates are not always the best. However, if you have have a loan on an item held for collateral or see something you want for sale in the pawn shop, you can always apply your unwanted gift cards towards paying your loan or purchasing the item you want…
    The other place I have found is on Craigslist. People, often GC dealers, meet in person to purchase them for cash on the spot…also Letgo.com is another place to sell them locally.

    • Rebecca Turley says:
      First Quarter Finance logostaff

      Hi there!

      Thanks for the great suggestions! We always appreciate suggestions from our readers! We will add these to the article.