In the wake of Christmas resale platforms, Internet sites offer check and gift card holders the opportunity to buy them back and then sell gift cards online to other consumers.
You have been offered checks or gift cards that you do not know what to do: you can always turn them into “cash” to please you otherwise. In the wake of platforms for reselling Christmas gifts, which the Nigerian no longer hesitate to use, several websites offer check and gift card holders that they think do not have the usefulness to buy them for resale then to other consumers.
Every year, more than 20% of the cards and gift certificates received will not be used. Of the 4 billion euros of gifts offered with family, friends or at work, 800 million would remain in drawers instead of being exchanged. ‘Buying reselling. “These cards and checks are unused by forgetting, lack of affinity with the brand or complexity of use,” says Laurent Lefevre, co-founder of the company launched last November. “60% of French people have already offered or received a gift card, often for signs they do not know well or products they do not need.
Concretely, to sell a card or a gift voucher, you just have to enter the name of the sign in which this title is usable, the amount and the date of validity on the site. Instantly, this one makes you a proposal of redemption (which can vary from 60 to 95% of the value of the title). If you accept, you just have to send the card and / or check to the platform, which then sends you your payment within 24 hours. “Our engine sets the buyback price based on several criteria, such as the brand name and size of the network or the type of products it sells. The more products are requested, the less the discount will be important. The price also depends on the expiry date of the title and, finally, its amount, knowing that the average amounts are the easiest to sell “,
In addition to Placedescartes.fr, Esioox.com has been offering the same service for two years. Both sites boast more than 200 banners in all sectors, such as mass retail , cultural products , furniture , cosmetics , fashion and DIY . Multibrand titles (Group Shooting, Liberty, Kadeos, etc.) are also accepted.
At the other end of the chain, these cards are then offered at reduced prices to consumers looking for “good deals”. “They can get up to 35% off the initial price of the gift certificate. We have calculated that a regular user can save up to 100 to 150 euros per month in his shopping, “said the co-founder of Placedescartes.fr, who believes in the potential of this” secondary market “. In three months, the site attracted “more than 1000 active users” and paid 50,000 euros to redeem cards or gift vouchers. At this rate, his goal of 100,000 euros redemptions for his first year should be sprayed.