Gift Card Paradise: CardSwap.ca Review and Giveaway

CardSwap

 

Did you receive any gift cards this past holiday season that you know you won’t use? Wishing you could swap them for your favorite store instead?

Well, there isn’t “an app for that” (even though that may be coming in the future); instead, there’s an awesome online card swapping program called CardSwap.ca!

CardSwap.ca is an online marketplace where you can buy gift cards from a large variety of retailers or sell gift cards that you don’t want. They’ve been featured on Dragon’s Den and a variety of other media outlets. They also offer SwapPoints, which are the icing on the cake because you can earn points from either buying or selling your cards. SwapPoints are redeemable for more gift cards or straight cash!

I just happened to have a $25 gift card that has been burning a hole in my wallet for a little while, so of course I had to try it out for myself.

MY CARDSWAP.CA SELLING EXPERIENCE

The website for CardSwap.ca is very user friendly, as you only have 4 menu options to choose from.

CardSwap menu

Pretty simple, no?! Ok, so I choose SELL and I’m brought to another simplified page that asks for Merchant Name (via drop down list), gift card balance and email address. Easy peasy! I enter in the details and now it’s time to get to the nitty gritty.

What do I want to do? Collect SwapPoints or receive cash? I’m shown an offer for about 85% of the value of my card. I choose the SwapPoints because I get a little more value and I have this thing with loyalty cards/rewards programs, I am truly a collector of points…I’m a points kinda girl (seriously, you should see my wallet, scary stuff).

To finish up the transaction, the next screen asks you to enter in the details from the back of the card so that it can be verified, and then you are presented with an option to print a prepaid shipping label for you to mail in the gift card you are selling. Prepaid AND free people! They thought of everything! I drop my envelope in the mail, wait about a week or so and voila, the SwapPoints are in my account!

As with any program, there are a few conditions that need to be satisfied:

Gift cards sold to CardSwap must:

  • Be an approved retailer as listed on the website
  • Have a balance of $25 or higher (gift cards valued at $25 are accepted)
  • Not have any fees, expiration dates, or other restrictions
  • Not be a rewards card or tied to a specific user
  • Not be damaged or unsellable (i.e. Unreadable UPC or Pin)
  • Not be a paper certificate
  • Be redeemable in Canada

Fair enough, right?!

Sooooo, I had eluded to a giveaway earlier this week, and I refuse to disappoint! One super lucky reader of PegCityLovely will win a $50 gift card of their own choosing from CardSwap.ca! WOOHOO! I apologize in advance to my American and International peeps, but this one is purely for the Canucks (Canadians for those not familiar with the lingo)! Enter below, and good luck! Contest ends January 17, 2013.

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Disclosure: PegCityLovely received a credit on CardSwap to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

105 Comments

  1. wendy
    January 16, 2013 / 10:56 am

    Amazon.ca or Shoppers Drug Mart 🙂

  2. Shirley
    January 16, 2013 / 9:13 am

    Shoppers Drug Mart

  3. tennille
    January 15, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    Starbucks or Amazon

  4. January 15, 2013 / 10:43 am

    White Spot so I can take my Mom out for lunch!

  5. Jo Tee
    January 14, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    M&M or Walmart!

  6. maria
    January 14, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    Great Canadian Superstore

  7. angela mitchell
    January 14, 2013 / 1:46 pm

    I'd like a Chapters card.

  8. Anna
    January 14, 2013 / 4:59 am

    Oooh,JCrew would be nice! There's a cardi I want but I can't justify paying full price for… Why so expensive? 🙁

  9. Kristi Renout
    January 13, 2013 / 11:06 am

    Canadian Tire!

  10. corrine
    January 13, 2013 / 10:01 am

    Pennington's if they have it or cineplex or chapters or tim hortons oh too many to decide LOL

  11. Serena
    January 12, 2013 / 8:00 am

    Id pick Tim Hortons!

  12. Dawn-Addicted to Rec
    January 11, 2013 / 4:59 pm

    Sephora or the Keg 🙂

  13. martie
    January 10, 2013 / 7:47 pm

    hbc gift card would be lovely! thanks!

  14. andrea
    January 10, 2013 / 7:30 pm

    la senza. i need bras lol

  15. Lee Pearson
    January 10, 2013 / 10:55 am

    We recently got a Sephora in our local mall so I would love to win a Sephora Gift Card from CardSwap.
    teaparty92(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. heather
    January 10, 2013 / 10:33 am

    walmart

  17. Jean
    January 10, 2013 / 7:01 am

    Sephora! I can never seem to justify their stuff, but it's so nice. 🙁

  18. cin
    January 10, 2013 / 4:12 am

    canadian tire

  19. Lauren Helen
    January 9, 2013 / 6:28 pm

    Chapters or Amazon would be my top picks!

  20. Erika E
    January 9, 2013 / 9:49 am

    I'd like to win the Keg Steakhouse gift card.

  21. January 9, 2013 / 8:01 am

    I would love the Tim Horton's or Canadian Tire ones

  22. Ang
    January 9, 2013 / 6:35 am

    I would love a Keg gift card – date night!

  23. Christy Martin
    January 9, 2013 / 5:01 am

    Starbucks or LCBO! Both are great to have on hand.

  24. Dayna Wilson
    January 8, 2013 / 12:13 pm

    I'd love to win a Sephora gift card…

  25. January 8, 2013 / 7:56 am

    i would love a winners card! but really – any card is amazing!

  26. Kim Barrett
    January 8, 2013 / 7:49 am

    Canadian Tire would be great.

  27. Shari Ironside
    January 8, 2013 / 5:32 am

    costco would sure be handy!

  28. Michelle B
    January 7, 2013 / 10:21 pm

    I would love a Walmart gift card.

  29. Lisa Marie Anctil
    January 7, 2013 / 5:24 pm

    Tim Hortons please!!!

  30. Vickie Brown
    January 7, 2013 / 5:01 pm

    Wow! So many choices. I like Amazon, though.

  31. jenn huey
    January 7, 2013 / 3:21 pm

    I want the Amazon, its my go to shopping site

  32. Katherines Corner
    January 7, 2013 / 2:48 pm

    i didn't get any. But this is such a great idea xo

  33. Andria
    January 7, 2013 / 1:38 pm

    Shoppers drug mart!

  34. Valerie Theberge
    January 7, 2013 / 7:25 am

    Canadian Tire for me please 🙂

  35. Carly Shields
    January 7, 2013 / 7:04 am

    Ebooks for my new Kobo!

  36. J
    January 7, 2013 / 3:57 am

    Amazon! I have a beast of a book I am saving up for.

  37. Brandie D
    January 6, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    Any of them – I love G/C's!! Ok, but Walmart or The Keg would be a bonus!! I see Bouclair Home is coming too – that would be great!

  38. jen s.
    January 6, 2013 / 5:26 pm

    i'd like to win walmart or hbc

  39. John Gregory
    January 6, 2013 / 4:22 pm

    Futureshop

  40. Karla
    January 6, 2013 / 4:17 pm

    I would love a Shoppers Drug Mart!!

  41. Nena Sinclair
    January 6, 2013 / 3:17 pm

    My favorite restaurant, The Keg!

  42. SueSueper
    January 6, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    ROOTS

  43. Dianne G
    January 6, 2013 / 12:52 pm

    My first choice would be a Costco gift card but they are all out of them, so my second choice of what is available would be Tim Hortons.

  44. CherylG
    January 6, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    I'd like to win a Canadian Tire gift card.

  45. January 6, 2013 / 9:20 am

    Tim Hortons – never have enough of that!

  46. shannon b
    January 6, 2013 / 7:55 am

    I would love to win. I would choose a ticketmaster giftcard.

  47. January 6, 2013 / 6:00 am

    Walmart!

    Thanks for contest.

  48. Samorjj
    January 5, 2013 / 8:37 pm

    Costco or TImmies.

  49. tony
    January 5, 2013 / 4:23 pm

    Best buy please!

  50. Tina L.
    January 5, 2013 / 3:50 pm

    Shoppers Drug Mart

  51. SUMMER PLEWES
    January 5, 2013 / 3:46 pm

    shoppers drug mart

  52. Jan
    January 5, 2013 / 10:05 am

    Homesense

  53. Joann
    January 5, 2013 / 5:55 am

    I could use a little shopping at Winners! 🙂

  54. Martina J
    January 5, 2013 / 4:19 am

    walmart!

  55. Ei-Leen Ong
    January 4, 2013 / 8:44 pm

    Walmart

  56. Robyn B.
    January 4, 2013 / 7:31 pm

    I would love a card to Cineplex.

  57. Heidi C.
    January 4, 2013 / 6:10 pm

    Wlamart or Shoppers Drug Mart would be my choice~!

  58. Huguette E.
    January 4, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    I'd love to win Canadian Tire's.

  59. January 4, 2013 / 4:15 pm

    Canadian Tire would be a good one!

  60. Bree
    January 4, 2013 / 2:56 pm

    Chapters!

  61. francine
    January 4, 2013 / 2:43 pm

    Starbucks, tim's, Walmart or chapters.

  62. Sylvia
    January 4, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    I'd like to see McDonald's in stock and win that

  63. Katy Emanuel
    January 4, 2013 / 1:39 pm

    I would really like the Indigo/Chapters gift card

  64. Rose
    January 4, 2013 / 10:49 am

    Shopper's Drug Mart.

  65. January 4, 2013 / 10:12 am

    id love to win the winners gc !

  66. Kat E.
    January 4, 2013 / 9:44 am

    Walmart!

  67. January 4, 2013 / 8:12 am

    Either an Esso card for gas, or a Walmart one

  68. Vesper2012
    January 4, 2013 / 5:14 am

    The chapters card
    meikleblog at gmail dot com

  69. Jennifer L.
    January 4, 2013 / 4:19 am

    I'd love a card to Cineplex.

  70. Jamie
    January 4, 2013 / 1:11 am

    Any child clothing store. They are growing way to fast

  71. Brianne Hager
    January 3, 2013 / 11:47 pm

    I would really like to win the Lush card.

  72. Rebby Roberts
    January 3, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    Boston pizza!

  73. January 3, 2013 / 7:42 pm

    Tim Horton's would be awesome!

  74. Kim G.
    January 3, 2013 / 7:22 pm

    I'd love a Mark's card

  75. January 3, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    I'd love to have a Walmart gift card.

  76. January 3, 2013 / 4:35 pm

    I'd love a White spot card or a Shoppers Card

  77. January 3, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    I would like Shoppers Drug Mart Gift Card.

  78. Linda
    January 3, 2013 / 4:21 pm

    Would love either the Keg or Canadian Tire.

  79. Sydney D
    January 3, 2013 / 3:46 pm

    Walmart 🙂

  80. January 3, 2013 / 3:26 pm

    I always want canadian tire, cant get enough of those lol

  81. January 3, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    target! Definitely

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