My inbox greeted me with some sad news this past week as I learned that Plastic Jungle was no longer buying and selling gift cards. I’ve been using Plastic Jungle for buying discounted gift cards for several years now, and it’s disappointing to learn they will no longer be offering this service. The site is still honoring gift cards purchased through their site, they just won’t be buying or selling them any longer. It appears as though they will still be in the gift card game to some degree, but now they will be exchanging them for rewards points with some of their partners, including Best Buy, CVS, United Mileage Plus, FlexPerks, and ZeeVex.
From their site:
With this transition, there are a few important things you should know. First, all orders currently being processed will be honored with the same guarantee of service and safety that we have upheld for seven years. Second, our website will be available to retrieve gift cards until November 1, 2013. Finally, our customer service desk will remain open during this period to answer inqueries and resolve any concerns. If you have any questions, we encourage you to visit our FAQs page or contact Plastic Jungle Customer Success at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the best options for buying and selling gift cards?
Plastic Jungle recommended CardCash.com for buying and selling cards, but I haven’t used them. I am also familiar with Gift Card Rescue and GiftCardGranny. Another great place to get discounted gift cards is through your credit card shopping portal. For example, I have I have seen discounts on many gift cards of 10-20% through my Chase, Discover, and American Express card shopping portals. The best part is that you can redeem your rewards points that you got from regular shopping to save more money on future purchases.
Double and triple dipping on rewards: The best part about these deals is getting savings through two or three methods. For example, I almost always use a cash rewards card when making online purchases, so you get to save on the discounted gift card, plus you get your cash back on the purchase you made. You can sometimes add another layer of discounts by shopping through Ebates, FatWallet, or another online shopping portal. You can save a ton of money by combining these discounts!