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Now that Christmas is over, you may be wondering what you should do with those unwanted gifts.
While you may be stuck with that ugly tie or that tacky office paper weight, there is a solution for those gift cards you never plan to spend.
Several websites offer the option to buy, sell, swap, ship and receive hundreds of different gift cards.
The process is quick and convenient, although sellers should be aware that they’ll likely have to sell the gift card at a discounted rate to find a buyer.
Here’s a few sites that offer buying, selling and swapping of unwanted gift cards:
Cardpool: This site purchases gift cards from consumers at a discounted rate, then sells them via its website at a discounted price. It takes the onus off the card holder to find a buyer and does the work for them. It also offers free shipping on all cards. Cardpool only accepts cards with no fees and no expiration date.
CardCash: Similar to Carpool, CardCash buys gift cards and sells them at a discounted rate. A quick glance suggests most cards are sold for between five and 15 percent off the original price.
Raise: This site requires a membership to join, but the premise is the same. Shop for or sell gift cards to be redeemed in-store or online.
Cardswap: This all Canadian website offers its members the chance to purchase discount gift cards for everything from shoes and clothing to groceries and gas. It offers free shipping on all cards. Every time a member purchases a gift card, he or she receives “swap points” that are redeemable on the website toward the purchase of – you guessed it – a gift card.
Megan Abraham is a staff writer for SiteProNews.
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Microsoft is giving its Windows phone users an early Christmas present: 20 GB of free SkyDrive space.
The Redmond software giant has sent out an e-mail to all of its customers announcing the gift of free cloud storage for one year.
“To show our appreciation of Windows Phone customers, we are giving you an extra 20 GB of free SkyDrive storage for one year,” the message reads. “This is in addition to the 7 GB of free SkyDrive storage that all customer currently have.”
SkyDrive, which is built into Windows phones, is a personal online storage site users can access at SkyDrive.com from any Internet-enabled device or via the SkyDrive mobile app. It can be used to store photos, documents and other files.
Windows phone users have until Jan. 31 to take advantage of the offer via the link provided in the company e-mail.
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Can you imagine what it would be like to get billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates for a Secret Santa?
Reddit Secret Santa gift exchange participant NY1227, known only as Rachel, can.
Rachel wasn’t expecting anything extraordinary when she saw the card accompanying the gift that read: “To Rachel, From Bill.”
The first thing Rachel saw when she opened the box “Bill” had mailed to her was a stuffed cow followed by a card indicating “Bill” had made a donation in her name to Heifer International, a charity with a mission to end hunger and poverty globally by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.
Next, Rachel discovered a large and obviously expensive book about travel, which is one of her passions.
It wasn’t until she dug a little deeper in the box that she came to realize her gift wasn’t from “just some friendly fellow named Bill,” but from an internationally-known philanthropist.
Included in the box was a picture of Gates holding the stuffed cow she had received and a large card which Rachel also found in the box.
“My Secret Santa present to you is a cow,” reads the hand-signed card. “Don’t worry, you will not have to build a barn. This cow will be given to a family in need, in your name, through Heifer International. It will provide them with income and dairy products, and it will help them help themselves.”
To say Rachel was excited to realize who her Secret Santa was is putting it mildly. Below is an excerpt from a post by Rachel detailing the experience:
And then it finally hit me. All the presents I just tore open, the charity, then everything — was from Bill GATES. I quickly went back to the book to see a really nice message and note from Bill wishing me a Merry Christmas and a Happy Birthday (not pictured, because I really want to keep one part of this gift to myself) my jaw hit the EVER LOVING FLOOR. I went back to all the other gifts completely shocked. Then I paused for a minute and thought, what if this is someone screwing with me. Well of course Mr. Bill Gates already thought of this and took a picture of himself with my stuffed animal and a sign and then sent me the stuffed animal and sign.
My god. Never in my entire life did I imagine, ever, ever, ever that Bill would get me. I am SO SO thankful for the time, thought and energy he put into my gift.
I feel SO shocked and excited that not only did I receive a gift from Bill, but it was perfectly and EXACTLY tuned into my interests. My gosh, what a rush!! I cannot express how much I really loved reading about a new charity. By the way everyone, you should go donate too! http://www.heifer.org/
Thank you so much Bill for a fantastic and thoughtful gift. I’d really love to send a thank you card to you, but if not, I hope this post and message suffices. Thank you so much!!!!!! I will think of you every time I read my book, which will find a nice home on my coffee table once I’m done reading it.
10/10 would receive gift from Bill Gates again
ps: Sorry for the apple ipad on my wishlist, that was really awkward.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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