GiftCardMall Visa Gift Card Design Changes
About a month ago I wrote about an opportunity to purchase Visa gift cards at GiftCardMall. While GiftCardMall has sold Visa gift cards for quite a long time, most of the time the fees are too high to justify buying them. That changed with the re-introduction of cashback from portals.
Currently both Simply Best Coupons and Top Cashback (personal referral link) are paying .5% (.005) for the purchase of Visa gift cards. (More portals here) This payout is based on the face value of the cards, so for example a $500 gift card earns $2.50 in cashback. You can find the full math of the deal along with all of the details here.
The Advantages of GiftCardMall Visas & Recent Negative Changes
At the time of my original post, I pointed out that Visa gift cards from GiftCardMall have two key advantages. The first is that they print your name on the cards. This is advantageous since it helps when using them at stores that like to check id. Secondly, many of the designs
don’t didn’t have the word “Gift” or “Gift Card” on them.
Unfortunately it seems that GiftCardMall changed their mind about leaving out the word “Gift”, so they decided to alter their designs. I first heard rumblings of this a few weeks ago in regards to the rubber ducky design that I normally order.
On their website the Rubber Ducky Design looks like this (Keep in mind the words “Gift Card Recipeint” are replaced with the recipient’s name):
Unfortunately the cards are being sent out like this (Thanks to Travel with Grant for the photo):
To test things out further, on my last order I bought a different card design. Here is the design I ordered as shown on their website:
And here is the gift card I received:
If you look closely, they snuck in the word gift, although it is much less obvious than in the rubber ducky design. With that said, it is strategically placed directly below the recipient’s name. GiftCardMall is clearly trying to make it obvious that these are gift cards.
In both of these cases, the words “Gift” are printed on the cards in the same way as the name and numbers. I believe that GiftCardMall already has these designs sitting around and in an effort not to waste them by printing up new ones with “Gift” incorporated, they are adding on the word “Gift” after the fact.
Over the past week many people have written in about having their orders cancelled by GiftCardMall. GCM has always had very strict fraud prevention, but it seems orders are being cancelled much more regularly than before.
It is my suggestion that it is probably a good idea to use this as a supplemental form of purchasing gift cards. It is also probably wise to start small and work your way up. I don’t know why exactly they are cancelling orders or how to avoid that other than to say they are more comfortable with customers who have been purchasing for awhile.
This development isn’t the end of the world, however it does make it more difficult for people trying to use these cards at places that don’t allow gift cards. There are many designs available and I have personally ordered a few of them to conduct further tests. Have you found any designs that do not have the word “Gift” printed on them? Let us know in the comments.