Walmart does not typically allow cash back on gift cards. There are, however, a few states with laws that require retailers to offer cash back on gift cards that meet certain criteria.
Can You Get Cash Back From a Walmart Gift Card?
Walmart does not allow cash back or cash advances on gift cards, a corporate customer service representative said. In addition, gift cards cannot be exchanged for cash.
We confirmed this information with Walmart store associates in Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, and Ohio.
There are, however, some states that require retailers to offer cash back on gift cards that meet certain criteria. In general, the gift card needs to have a small remaining balance (under $5 on average) in order to qualify; most laws state the retailer is required to offer the remaining balance in cash.
On its website, Walmart states that gift cards are redeemable for cash in states that require it by law.
At the time of this writing, the states that require stores to offer cash back on gift cards are California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
Keep in mind, during our research, we found that Walmart store associates were unaware of state laws on cashing out gift cards. If your state requires retailers to offer cash back on gift cards and a store associate tells you that you can’t get cash back, you may need to speak with a store manager.
See our related research for information on where to sell gift cards for cash locally or online. We also have information on returning gift cards at Walmart.