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Mercardi Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued.

Our Verdict

If you are a non-profit looking for a great fundraising idea, Mercardi should be your first stop.

For

  • Mercardi has a fundraising program for non-profit organizations.

Against

  • The selection of gift cards available for purchase is limited compared to other sites.
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A screenshot of Mercardi's homepage. The simple design lends well to finding exactly where you need to go first.

A screenshot of Mercardi's homepage. The simple design lends well to finding exactly where you need to go first.
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Purchase a discounted gift card with Mercardi. This image shows how easily you can narrow down your search.

Purchase a discounted gift card with Mercardi. This image shows how easily you can narrow down your search.
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A screenshot of the three step process of exchanging your gift card for cash on using Mercardi's services.

A screenshot of the three step process of exchanging your gift card for cash on using Mercardi's services.
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Take advantage of Mercardi's fund-raising program the next time you're thinking of a raising money for your school or organization. This screenshot shows the first part of the sign up information.

Take advantage of Mercardi's fund-raising program the next time you're thinking of a raising money for your school or organization. This screenshot shows the first part of the sign up information.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

Buy, sell or fundraise with Mercardi, your online resource to trading in your unwanted gift cards. Yes, we said fundraise! Mercardi has a special system setup to help your organization take advantage of the unused gift card market to raise money for your cause. Not part of an organization? No problem, you can also buy or sell gift cards using Mercardi’s gift card exchange services. Born from a DFJ-Cisco Global Business Plan Competition in 2009, this University of Chicago, Booth School of Business team has launched and maintained an awesome resource in Mercardi.

Mercardi’s inventory is a little lacking compared to our top three gift card exchange sites. Sure they have all of the categories covered, women’s clothing, shoes, home improvement, restaurants, etc., but the selection in those categories is lean, sometimes with only one card in a specific category. However, the lack of selection when buying means an open market when selling. Mercardi will pay up to 90% for you unwanted gift cards. Each transaction whether you’re on the buying or selling end is backed up by Mercardi’s Guarantee, so you’re in safe hands.

Our favorite part of Mercardi is their fundraising program. This service allows non-profit organizations to collect gift cards gathering dust in sock drawers and turn them into additional revenue for their cause.

Mercardi has only been around for a little over a year and already they have made strides in helping non-profit organizations raise money via gift card donations and making it possible for users to buy and sell gift cards. Their website has a few more tricks up its digital sleeve with these features:

  • Twenty20 Refer a Friend- On Mercardi’s Facebook page they’re offering a promotion. For every 20 new fans of the page, Mercardi will reward everyone a $.20 discount. Just imagine when that number gets up to 500 new fans, that’s a $5 discount to everyone!
  • Social Media- Besides Mercardi’s Facebook page, you can connect with them via Twitter and their blog. Each provides interesting information and upcoming deals.
  • Press Center- Read about Mercardi in the news.
  • Our Company- Find out about the people behind Mercardi. Bios and backgrounds for the management team and board of advisors.

Mercardi provides customer support via email, phone or their FAQs. They have smartly divided their FAQs pages into two different parts, one for a seller and one for a buyer to assist very different needs and questions. They say that the fastest way to receive an answer to a query not listed in the FAQs is to email their support team. So we’d try that first before calling.

Mercardi, we take our hats off to you. Not only have they provided an outlet to benefit an everyday gift card user, but they’ve also setup a system to help those in need. Mercardi offers competitive prices when purchasing gift cards, but be a savvy seller and shop around for the absolute best price by visiting our other top reviewed gift card exchange sites.