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Gift Card Refund Machine

At the Giant Eagle in Columbus, Ohio - Blacklick area - there is a machine out front that you can cash in remaining balance of Gift Cards. Has anyone used them? I keep forgetting to try. I was wondering if they give a coupon you can use at Giant Eagle, or does it just spit out money?

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WOW! I have not heard of this. Does it have anything on the machine itself? Sometimes there will be instructions and info on how the pay-out works (I'm thinking of the coin-star machines in GE)...

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OK... just because I had some time, I googled and found this: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stor...sh-easily.html

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Yes, It looks like one of those coin-star machines - It is up with that and the lotto machine- I will go in and check it out and post here more info !! I seem to have little goals at GE, like learn self-check out, ask for rain-check, check for sales not listed on GE site, etc !!! I'm sure they must hate it when they see me coming and asking for help ....Thanks everyone !!
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Thanks to TammyH post on the Gift Card Machine - ALULA kiosk - I found this web site that walks you through under "How It Works" - alula.com
I will post after trying it out !!
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Cool! Let us know how it goes.

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Update Cashing in Low Balance Gift Cards

Checked out Alula Gift Card Refund kiosk at Giant Eagle today. Very disappointed.. It only refunds cards with $20 or more available balances.

I have lots of Visa Gift Cards (from Giant Eagle) - I try to buy one when I get paid and use them for fast food, vending machines, etc to keep the heat and all those little transactions off my bank/debit card. This is working out great because I get Get Go gas FuelPerks. But I end up with gift cards with low available balances, usually around a dollar.

I got online today and cashed all my old cards in at Amazon.com. I really like Amazon - I bought Amazon gift cards for myself (just bought an Amazon card for each old gift card, paid with old gift card, sent to my email, added each of the new cards in Amazon -now I have available balance at Amazon and used every cent off the old gift cards !!). It allows you to even get a card/credit with 25 cents !! It is a little time consuming, but worth it....

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do they charge a fee to do this??? like give you 75% of value or something?
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Update Charge for Gift Card Refund

Looks like the Alula (gift card refund kiosk) at GE does charge to refund the gift cards. Check the previous links to Alula web site.

Amazon doesn't- the remaining gift card balance transfers to Amazon Gift Balance without charge (but must be visa/mc, not specific food/store gift cards)

Maybe Alula will change and adapt, but I don't think they are going to catch-on since they charge for the service and have required $20 card minimum. Who knows ...

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