23 December 2004

Genius idea #4

Someone needs to create and exchange center for gift certificates and gift cards. If you have a $20 Target gift card but could really use an Amazon gift certificate, you would go to the exchange Web site, check the exchange rate, and request a transfer. You would then send in your card and get an Amazon gift certificate sent or emailed to you. Some cards would have low demand (RadioShack?!?), so their exchange rate would be worse. Some cards lose value depending on how long ago they had been purchased. Cards could always be exchanged for cash at a lower rate--basically simplifying two trips to the store to purchase an item and then return it for cash.

[ posted by sstrader on 23 December 2004 at 11:32:16 AM in Culture & Society ]