Pros / The website is very informative.
Cons / You’ll be charged a fee on some cards that go unused for more than a year.
Verdict / Gift Card Granny is a secondary market website with the best selection of gift cards available because you can look at deals from other exchange websites.
Gift Card Granny is nothing if not thorough. You can browse gift cards from a multitude of other gift card exchange websites to find the deepest discounts on the market. Along with the usual buying and selling options, this website has a plethora of gift card-related information. There is a blog about DIY projects, money-saving hacks and shopping tips. There are a multitude of other articles to read, and they're all aimed at saving you time and money. You can also check out gift card news and read studies about how millennials are saving money and how electronic gift cards work, among other things.
To gauge a gift card exchange’s selection, we looked for three common gift cards across all websites on the same day within about half an hour. The gift cards we looked for were from Target, Amazon and Walmart and Gift Card Granny earned an A+ because it had all three available at the time of our tests. Gift Card Spread was the only other website to earn a grade that high. As with other sites, selection varies day to day with gift card exchange websites as more cards become available and others are purchased by users. One of the reasons this website has the best selection is that every retailer listed on the home page actually has cards available for purchase. Other websites like CardCash may show you they offer gift cards from various retailers, but once you click the link it's clear there aren't any currently available. Overall, Gift Card Granny has a ton of retailers to choose from including Best Buy, Walmart, Starbucks and Fandango. You're probably going to be able to find what you're looking for.
The unique thing about Gift Card Granny is the ability to earn points and use them to purchase electronic gift cards. Joining Granny Rewards gives you 200 points automatically and you can keep earning them by reading the website's newsletters, referring friends, downloading the app, rating your experience or buying gift cards from participating retailers. Once you earn 1,000 points you can start putting them toward your purchases. We saw gift cards available at up to 28 percent off their full value, so there are some amazing deals available as well.
You can sell unwanted gift cards, but Gift Card Granny only deals in electronic gift cards. This means any you buy will come to you via email and any physical card you try to sell will be converted to an electronic one, so you don’t need to mail it in. If you’re looking to sell you can expect to get up to 92 percent of your unwanted gift card’s full value, but the sale happens through a partner website. For example, we tried to sell a $20 and got several offers from a handful of websites including Cardpool and Gift Card Spread, but the best offer we got was $17.80 from CardFlip. Your return will vary depending on the supply and demand of the card you’re trying to sell, and if you’d like to talk to a real person about it you can visit certain stores to complete the transaction. You can enter your zip code on the website to see the location closest to you.
You also have the option to set your own price and wait for a consumer to purchase it at that rate. On top of that, you can also exchange your unwanted card for one from a retailer you prefer. Because of federal law, gift cards can’t expire for five years after the purchase date. Gift Card Granny notes you could be charged a monthly fee on some cards if they go unused for more than a year. The issuer is required to disclose this, so you shouldn’t be surprised if you get a card with this stipulation.
The downside to this website is its lack of accreditation from the Better Business Bureau, but it does have a B+ rating despite this. With a free app to use on the go and lots of gift card options from dozens of exchange websites and even more retailers, Gift Card Granny has the best selection available.