eBay Gift Card Rules
Last month eBay instituted new eBay gift card rules with no notice including new restrictions on how gift cards can be used. The big new restriction in place is a doozy. eBay gift cards can no longer be used to purchase other gift cards.
Since many people had purchased thousands of dollars worth of eBay gift cards just to purchase other gift cards, this hurt. In fact many people were stuck with cards and felt that eBay should have given notice of this change. Apparently some of them complained to the California Attorney General and now eBay is responding.
Many of the people who complained received a call from eBay letting them know that the rules are being rolled back temporarily. From September 13 through October 13, you will be able to use eBay gift cards to purchase merchant gift cards. After that the rules revert back.
This is good news for those of you who are stuck with wads of eBay colored plastic and hopefully it is a lesson learned for a company that often operates NOT in the best interest of their customer. Yes, they do have the right to make such a change, but to do it without notice is not only wrong, but judging from how they are responding, perhaps (and I don’t know since I am not an attorney) it is illegal or maybe just somewhat gray.