Guide to gift card giving
Consumers need to be on the lookout for gift cards that appear to be open or out of their original package, and cards that state an expiration date that is coming up or that has passed, said Paula Fleming, vice president of the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont. Shoppers should be wary of online auction sites that promise full value guaranteed gift cards. Its sites like these that are prone to selling old, valueless cards that leave the gift giver and receiver distraught.
BBB recommends the following tips for both givers and receivers of gift cards.