General chatter - I found a 10 yr old gift card in my drawer!




cbmare
01-14-2009, 03:23 PM
My mom sent us a $50 gift card 10 years ago. We were doing some remodeling then and I just put it in a drawer and forgot it.

It says right on it that it expires 2 years after issue. However, I live in Calif and it is illegal for gift cards to expire and they can't have fees.

Yippee! I'm going shopping.

I think it is terrible that companies will charge a fee or have cards expire considering they have all the money up front.


erinmagill
01-14-2009, 03:38 PM
Thats so exciting! I love it when I find lost or forgotten things like that!

the slim me
01-14-2009, 03:47 PM
Lucky you!!! I've had 2 expire on me this year before I got to spend them!! Still makes me mad!


mandalinn82
01-14-2009, 04:02 PM
As long as it was purchased after January 1997 you're good to go spend it!

Twice
01-14-2009, 05:10 PM
There's nothing better than found money!

cbmare
01-14-2009, 05:28 PM
As long as it was purchased after January 1997 you're good to go spend it!

Huh? Why Jan 97?

nelie
01-14-2009, 05:29 PM
The law for gift cards isn't retroactive so the gift card would've been purchased after the law went into effect. I'm guessing it went into effect in january 1997.

evilwomaniamshe
01-14-2009, 05:41 PM
S-C-O-R-E! What a find

cbmare
01-14-2009, 05:42 PM
Must have. However, Fla still allows them to expire. We gave my mom gift cards at her favorite place to buy her meds. She placed some in a drawer. We found them when she died 2 years ago. They wouldn't honor them because they were over 2 years old. I think that is B S.

ddc
01-14-2009, 06:20 PM
That's why stores love to sell gift cards. People forget to use them and it's like free money to them.

I found one at my MIL's after she died and it was 2 yrs old and we used it, so it hadn't expired. It must depend on the store???

JuliaDH
01-14-2009, 06:52 PM
I stick in my wallet right away. And use them. I am toooooo thrifty (to use a nice word) to let them be forgotten!

Haley8203
01-14-2009, 07:06 PM
That's why stores love to sell gift cards. People forget to use them and it's like free money to them.

I found one at my MIL's after she died and it was 2 yrs old and we used it, so it hadn't expired. It must depend on the store???

they don't include it in their revenue until their spent though

cbmare
01-14-2009, 07:10 PM
I stick in my wallet right away. And use them. I am toooooo thrifty (to use a nice word) to let them be forgotten!

thrifty is a nice word. so is frugal.