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Where To Buy Discounted Gift Cards

By Bruce Wayne on May 18, 2010

The gift card industry has become big business. In North America billions of dollars is spent each year on gift cards. Companies, recognizing the popularity and usefulness of gift cards, have begun to offer discounted cards. With just a modicum of research anyone can find out where to buy discounted gift cards.

Here are some of the more popular locations to buy discounted gift cards:

1. Special Event Locations
Of course holidays generate lots of sales of gift cards. Businesses that cater to holiday buyers will often offer discounted gift cards. Such places might be spa's, salon's or fitness centers that offer discounts for Mother's day. Florists or candy shops will be good choices for discounts at Valentine's Day. Wedding boutiques, photographers, florists and restaurants will likely be good places to buy discounted gift cards during June.

2. Warehouse retailers
Warehouse or club stores are excellent locations to buy discounted gift cards. Because they have such a strong purchasing power, they can offer cards with a 10-15% discount.

3. Bulk purchases
Some retailers and businesses offer discounts for large volume orders. Businesses can easily get volume discounts when they purchase gift cards as incentive or promotional material. Even individuals can get bulk discounts if they decide to buy discounted gift cards for all their friends and family members. Usually the buyer needs to talk to the sales department to find out the requirements for bulk purchases.

4. Grocery stores
Oddly enough discount gift cards can be purchased at a specific retailer or often at a local grocery store. The price may be the same, but the purchaser can benefit by buying at the grocery store and getting a credit on a store rewards card. This credit ends up being a discount on the gift card.

5. Media outlets
Local newspapers, radios or TV stations sometimes offer gift cards to local businesses. These promotions are usually advertised on the company website. A potential customer can search for discounted gift cards on the site.

6. Frequent traveler miles
Many travelers have unused frequent flyer miles in their accounts. Those miles can be used to buy discounted gift cards.

7. Industry specific websites
There are websites that focus on one industry such as restaurants, travel or tourism. It is often possible to buy discounted cards on these sites. It's a win-win situation for the businesses and the buyers. Each receives value from the transaction. 402

8. Group purchase
There are some companies that encourage groups to buy discount gift cards.

This is just another version of bulk purchasing.

Because gift cards are so popular and offer a benefit to everyone involved in the transaction, their use and availability have become widespread. Almost any business that caters to the public will have some kind of gift card option available. Gift cards allow businesses to use a very gentle and positive method of promotion and individuals who are lucky enough to buy discounted gift cards have an immediate benefit from the promotion. The gifts create a positive atmosphere for both the buyers and sellers.

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