Do you have unwanted Gift Cards from Christmas or ones you haven’t used? Want to get money for them to buy the things you really want? You may be familiar with Coinstar and see them at many of the places you shop. When I saw that familiar green kiosk I always think of the convenience of bringing in my jars of coins to trade them in for store credit or cash for a fee. It is always so much more convenient than rolling them all (even if rolling them up is fun). So I was pleasantly surprised to see a bright yellow Coinstar Exchange machine at my local Kroger in Dallas-Fort Worth. I got the opportunity to use it with a gift card I received from Coinstar and another gift card I received at Christmas. I had often overlooked them as another change machine and didn’t realize you can get money for your unwanted and partially used gift cards. It got me thinking about gift cards in general.
Where do we typically get gift cards?
I usually receive them from friends and family as birthday or Christmas gifts. I also get them from clients that I do work for. You may receive gift cards on certain occasions such as baby showers, wedding gifts, graduations and more. Gift cards are easy to give when you are in a rush and don’t know what to give. They are also easy to ask for as a gift. With so many gift cards in the marketplace we are bound to get a gift card for a store we don’t like or no longer shop at. You can see the list of gift cards that Coinstar Exchange accepts.
Coinstar Exchange kiosks makes the convenience of getting money for your gift cards easy. If I am already at the Kroger grocery store, I have the gift cards in my purse and I can quickly stop by to exchange them. When I tried to exchange a hardware store gift card and a coffee gift card I went straight to a Coinstar Exchange kiosk. They offered me cash on the spot and it was so easy. I could just scan the label on the gift card or insert it into the machine for them to read it, it was that simple. With over 150 different stores and restaurant gift cards that they accept, Coinstar Exchange gives you many options.
Watch how it works:
After you scan or swipe your gift card it gives you an offer. After you accept it, you verify your identity via a driver’s license of state issued ID. Then you insert the gift card into the machine and then print and redeem your voucher. It really works like the Coinstar coin cashing machines because the store’s customer service desk can give you cash for your voucher. The cash is helpful for moms that need the money for bills, groceries and other expenses.
Locate a kiosk near you.