For the sixth year in a row, gift cards were the No. 1 requested item this holiday season. Yet even they can go wrong.
Maybe you're a movie person, and Aunt Annie gave you a gift card to REI. Or perhaps you scored a Starbucks gift card at the office Yankee Swap, but you don't drink coffee. There are numerous reasons why a store or restaurant gift card could end up tucked away in a drawer.
If you're stuck with one of these cards, remember that it's not worthless. The trick is to unlock the cash.
Several gift card exchange websites have popped up that connect people who don't want their gift cards with people who do. Some, such as Gift Card Granny, simply link to sites that are selling discounted gift cards such as eBay, Amazon and smaller sites that specialize in gift cards. Other sites, such as Plastic Jungle, buy the gift cards and sell them directly.
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