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Old 01-14-2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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Default I found a 10 yr old gift card in my drawer!

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.
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:38 PM   #2
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Thats so exciting! I love it when I find lost or forgotten things like that!
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:47 PM   #3
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Lucky you!!! I've had 2 expire on me this year before I got to spend them!! Still makes me mad!
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As long as it was purchased after January 1997 you're good to go spend it!
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:28 PM   #6
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As long as it was purchased after January 1997 you're good to go spend it!
Huh? Why Jan 97?
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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.
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:42 PM   #9
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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.
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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???
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I stick in my wallet right away. And use them. I am toooooo thrifty (to use a nice word) to let them be forgotten!
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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
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:10 PM   #13
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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.
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