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Ever get a gift card you won’t use? So have other people. Web sites such as,, and sell unwanted gift cards at a discount.

Some cards are marked down just a few dollars; others are available for trades only. You can find deals, especially on higher-value cards. Recent offers included a gift card worth $100 at Fleet Feet for $75, a $1,000 Banana Republic card for $800, and a $300 Bloomingdale’s card for $270.

Depending on the site, you buy directly from an individual or from the company that runs the site; in either case, the company verifies the card balance before the sale occurs. Shipping and any fees are charged to the seller.

This article appears in the August 2008 issue of Washingtonian magazine. To see more articles in this issue, click here.


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