NC Gets Failing Grade In Protecting Gift Card Buyers

If you're thinking of buying gift cards for holiday presents, you might want to consider some of them come with fees. According to the on-line company Scrip Smart, North Carolina received an F grade when it come to protecting consumers against gift card fees and expiration dates. The reasons behind the failing grade are merchants are not required to give money back, there are no limits on expiration dates- and post-sale fees of any amount may be charged 1 year after date of purchase.

"I'd be more apt to go to the actual cash rather than purchase something they may not like and I'll have to take back which is something I don't like to do so I guess I'd rather do the cash then take the chance to get somebody a gift card that their going to have to pay a fee,"said shocked shopper Susan Steel.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2010 at 12:57 PM
    Here is the fix - GIVE CASH! GIFT CARDS ARE A JOKE! May as well give someone and EMPTY box for Christmas!
  • by Judd @ ScripSmart Location: Las Vegas, NV on Nov 19, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    @Susan also offers Gift Card Scores. We review and score gift cards based on the terms and policies of a gift car. Gift cards with a Gift Card Score above 80 are see as consumer friendly by For more info, see the gift card section on
  • by Susan Location: ENC on Nov 19, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    I like giving gift cards to family members in college. It would be really nice if WITN would give us a list of gift cards that charge these fees and have expiration dates so I could avoid them. Restaurant cards are always welcome to kids sick of the school food, but I will stop if they are not getting the full dollar amount I pay for.

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