Where to Sell Gift Cards for Cash: 60+ Places Listed

When you want to sell gift cards for cash, chances are there’s a store near you that wants them. Finding such a store is simple when using this article. We’ve listed out all stores that buy gift cards and pay cash (which include grocery stores, check cashing stores, and more), including information about the minimum and maximum accepted gift card amounts, expected payment amounts, and how the process works.

Where to Sell Your Gift Cards for Cash

When you have an unused or partially used gift card you no longer want, the first thing you can do is try to return it to the original retailer. Policies for this vary by state and by individual stores — for more information, see our article about gift card return policies by store and state. If you can’t return your gift card, the following places will likely buy it for cash.

Stores With a Coinstar Exchange Kiosk

Coinstar is famous for turning your coins into cash or gift certificates for a small fee, but they can also turn your gift cards into cash.

  • How it works: When you arrive at the kiosk, scan or swipe the gift card. If the card has a bar code, hold it in front of the scanner; if it has a magnetic strip, insert the card into the slot on the front of the machine. The kiosk will show you what Coinstar is willing to pay for the gift card, and you can either decline or accept the cash offer. You’ll need a cell phone number, driver’s license or state-issued ID, credit/debit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover), and email address to verify your identity. After depositing your gift card into a slot at the front of the machine, your voucher will print. Redeem the voucher at the Customer Service Department of the store where the kiosk is located for cash.
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: $20
  • Maximum gift card value accepted: Typically $300, but this varies by retailer, and some may accept gift cards with values as high as $500
  • Not accepted: Non-standard-sized gift cards, partially spent gift cards, merchandise return credits (MRCs) from some stores, gift cards under $20.
  • Amount you receive: This can vary, and the offer is only given in person at the kiosk. Cardpool, the company that owns Coinstar, states that it pays up to 92% of the value of the gift card.
  • Payment method: You receive a voucher at the kiosk that you can redeem for cash. If you’re at a store that offers prepaid debit cards or store credit, you could choose to use your cash for one of those items instead.
  • Find locations: Coinstar Exchange kiosks are located in many grocery stores, including:
    • Acme Markets
    • Albertsons
    • Amigos
    • Andronico’s
    • Baker’s Supermarkets
    • Carrs
    • City Market
    • Dillons Food Stores
    • Food 4 Less
    • Food Lion
    • Foods Co.
    • Fred Meyer
    • Fry’s Food & Drug
    • Gerbes Super Markets
    • Giant Food
    • Giant Eagle
    • Haggen
    • Hannaford
    • Harris Teeter
    • Jay C
    • Jewel-Osco
    • King Soopers
    • Kmart
    • Kroger
    • Lily’s
    • Lucky
    • Market Street
    • Marsh Hometown Markets
    • Martin’s
    • Osco
    • Owen’s
    • Pak ‘n Save
    • Pavilions
    • Pay Less Super Markets
    • QFC
    • Ralphs
    • Randall’s
    • Roundy’s
    • Ruler Foods
    • Safeway
    • Sav-On
    • Scott’s
    • Shaw’s
    • Smith’s
    • Star Market
    • Stop and Shop
    • Strack & Van Til
    • Super Saver Foods
    • Super Target
    • SuperValu
    • Tom Thumb
    • Ultra Foods
    • United Supermarkets
    • Vons
    • Walmart

Stores With a GiftCardBin Partnership

Local financial businesses and retailers have partnered with GiftCardBin to purchase your unwanted gift cards. Businesses include Boost Mobile, Cash 2 Go, Money Mart, USA Checks Cashed, and a wide variety of local pawn shops, check cashing stores, and cash advance stores.

  • How it works: Bring your unwanted physical gift card to a GiftCardBin location along with a form of ID and get cash for your gift card.
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: $10
  • Maximum gift card value accepted: $300 over 30 days
  • Not accepted: Partially spent gift cards, e-gift cards, and “promotional ” types of cards, which are defined on the website as cards that have limitations and rules (those that are more like a coupon than a gift card).
  • Amount you receive: To receive a quote on your gift card, you can go to the store in person. You can also get a quote online and if you don’t like it, you can send in a request for a different amount. GiftCardBin will decide to either accept or reject your counter-offer.
  • Payment method: Cash
  • Find locations: GiftCardBin partners with many local businesses. You can use the store locator to find a GiftCardBin partner near you.

Check Into Cash

Check Into Cash is a payday loan/cash advance company that will also buy your unwanted gift cards and pay you in cash.

  • How it works: Bring your unwanted physical gift card to a Check Into Cash location along with a form of ID and get cash for your gift card.
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: $20
  • Maximum gift card value accepted: A customer service representative informed us that the maximum gift card value varies by location; contact your local store for details.
  • Not accepted: N/A
  • Amount you receive: To receive a quote on your gift card, you must go to the store in person.
  • Payment method: You will be paid in cash. The company also offers a U.S. Money Card prepaid debit card that you could choose to load the funds.
  • Find locations: The company has locations in 29 states. You can use the store locator to find a Check Into Cash near you.

Money Mart and Its Affiliates

Money Mart is a check cashing company that buys gift cards. Money Mart and its affiliates (which include The Check Cashing Store, American Check Casher, American Payday Loans, Check Casher, and Payday Loans) operate more than 1,335 locations worldwide.

  • How it works: Bring your gift cards in and receive an offer for less than face value for your gift cards.
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: None
  • Maximum gift card value accepted: Varies by location; contact your local store for details
  • Not accepted: N/A
  • Amount you receive: Varies depending on the popularity of the retailer issuing the gift card
  • Payment method: Cash or a Momentum Card prepaid debit card
  • Find locations: 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. You can use the store locator to find a Money Mart or affiliate store near you.

Currency Exchange

Currency Exchange offers a broad range of financial services and has more than 350 locations throughout Illinois. Currency Exchange accepts gift cards and will pay you for them in cash.

  • How it works: Bring your unwanted physical gift card to a Currency Exchange location along with a government-issued photo ID. An associate will verify the amount of the gift card and make you a cash offer.
  • Minimum gift card value accepted: $20
  • Maximum gift card value accepted: Varies by location; contact your local store for details.
  • Not accepted: N/A
  • Amount you receive: To get a quote, visit any Currency Exchange store.
  • Payment method: Cash
  • Find locations: The company is located only in Illinois. You can use the store locator to find a Currency Exchange near you.

In Summary

There are several nationwide grocery stores and financial service retailers like Check Into Cash and Money Mart that will buy gift cards for cash. It’s always wise to call ahead to confirm that the business you plan to visit still pays cash for gift cards; you may also want to ask if you can get a quote before going to the store. For Coinstar kiosks, you may want to call and verify that the Coinstar machine is fully functional before making the trip.

If you don’t absolutely have to get cash for your gift card, see our list of gift card buyers with other types of payouts. We also detail your options for getting cash from an American Express gift card or Visa gift card, plus how to consolidate low-value gift cards.