Gift Card Paradise: Review and Giveaway



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! 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.


The website for 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! 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.


  1. or Shoppers Drug Mart 🙂

  2. Starbucks or Amazon

  3. Great Canadian Superstore

  4. angela mitchell says:

    I'd like a Chapters card.

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

  6. Kristi Renout says:

    Canadian Tire!

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

  8. Dawn-Addicted to Rec says:

    Sephora or the Keg 🙂

  9. hbc gift card would be lovely! thanks!

  10. la senza. i need bras lol

  11. Lee Pearson says:

    We recently got a Sephora in our local mall so I would love to win a Sephora Gift Card from CardSwap.

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

  13. Lauren Helen says:

    Chapters or Amazon would be my top picks!

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

  15. I would love a Keg gift card – date night!

  16. Christy Martin says:

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

  17. Dayna Wilson says:

    I'd love to win a Sephora gift card…

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

  19. Kim Barrett says:

    Canadian Tire would be great.

  20. Shari Ironside says:

    costco would sure be handy!

  21. Michelle B says:

    I would love a Walmart gift card.

  22. Lisa Marie Anctil says:

    Tim Hortons please!!!

  23. Vickie Brown says:

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

  24. jenn huey says:

    I want the Amazon, its my go to shopping site

  25. Katherines Corner says:

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

  26. Valerie Theberge says:

    Canadian Tire for me please 🙂

  27. Carly Shields says:

    Ebooks for my new Kobo!

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

  29. Brandie D says:

    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!

  30. i'd like to win walmart or hbc

  31. I would love a Shoppers Drug Mart!!

  32. Nena Sinclair says:

    My favorite restaurant, The Keg!

  33. 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.

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

  35. shannon b says:

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

  36. SUMMER PLEWES says:

    shoppers drug mart

  37. I could use a little shopping at Winners! 🙂

  38. I would love a card to Cineplex.

  39. Wlamart or Shoppers Drug Mart would be my choice~!

  40. Huguette E. says:

    I'd love to win Canadian Tire's.

  41. Starbucks, tim's, Walmart or chapters.

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

  43. Katy Emanuel says:

    I would really like the Indigo/Chapters gift card

  44. Vesper2012 says:

    The chapters card
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  45. Jennifer L. says:

    I'd love a card to Cineplex.

  46. Any child clothing store. They are growing way to fast

  47. Brianne Hager says:

    I would really like to win the Lush card.

  48. I'd love a Mark's card

  49. I would like Shoppers Drug Mart Gift Card.

  50. Would love either the Keg or Canadian Tire.

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