Posted by Chuck on March 15, 2016
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Published on March 15th, 2016 | by Chuck

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We Can Now Use Unlimited Amounts of eBay Gift Cards!

eBay changed the terms on their gift cards and removed the limits previously in place. We can now use an unlimited amount of gift cards on eBay.

Ebay used to have a limit of $5,000 in eBay gift cards which can be used per rolling 6-month time-period. We wrote about the limit in detail in the post, eBay Gift Cards and their Limits. For non-verified Paypal account, the limit was $500 per rolling 6-months.

Ebay has now updated the terms and removed this limit, and we have two confirmations from readers who are able to do more than the $5k limit. Here are the new terms:

No more than a total of $1000 in Gift Cards may be redeemed per eBay purchase. Further, you may only redeem a maximum of eight Gift Cards in any single transaction (and fewer if you are redeeming Gift Cards in combination with other redemption codes, such as coupons or vouchers).

There are a number of changes here:

  • $500/$5000 limit was removed This is a major change as it allows the use of unlimited amounts of eBay gift cards. eBay gift cards can easily be purchased at a discount, and we can now discount all eBay purchases with gift cards. See Seven Ways to Purchase eBay Gift Cards at a Discount for more info.
  • Gift card is tied to the eBay account, NOT the Paypal account This is also a big change. Previously, a partially-used eBay gift card got ‘tied’ to the Paypal account that was utilized at checkout, and the remaining balance could not be used with another Paypal account. It’s no longer tied to the Paypal account anymore – now it’s tied to the eBay account. Once you use part of the gift card with one eBay account, you won’t be able to use the balance with a different eBay account.
  • Added a limit of $1k per purchase There used to be an unenforced $500 limit per transaction, but the new $1k limit is being enforced.
  • Added a limit of eight gift cards per purchase We’ve written about this limit before, but it was never clearly in the terms.
  • No more 4-hour wait There used to be mention in the terms of a – sometimes enforced – four-hour wait from time the card was purchased until it could be used. The new terms omit this.
  • No more ‘rolling’ eBay gift cards It’s long been in the terms that you can’t use an eBay gift card to buy an eBay gift card, but this is now being enforced.

[Note that gift cards that were already partially used will have the $5k limit, but any new gift card will not.]

Here are the old terms (found here):

No more than a total of $500 in Gift Cards may be redeemed per eBay purchase. Unverified PayPal accounts are limited to a total of $500 in purchases of Gift Cards in any 30-day period and verified PayPal accounts are limited to $5000 in purchases of Gift Cards in any 180-day period.

Thanks to reader Lantean for tipping me off to this change

 

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Catapult
Catapult

Wait. 2 good things in a day!? No way, there has to be a catch in here somewhere. Give it to us now, eBay

Susan

Nice to remove this limitation, but I’ve been having a lot of trouble checking out with eBay gift cards. Sometimes it’ll go through but usually by the 2nd or 3rd card, I get a messaging that says “Oops, we’re having technical issues. Please try your code again.” Then none of the gift cards will work.

Has anyone else had this issue?

Ben
Ben

I had that issue once, annoying to re-enter 3-4 codes but they all worked the 2nd time

george smiley
george smiley

All the time. Clear your cookies. Go from largest to smallest gift card. it’ll go.

Jim
Jim

Clearing cookies doesn’t address this issue. Been there, done it. The eBay rep said a number of customers are reporting this issue and that they’re working on it.

Jim
Jim

Yes, I’ve been on the phone with both eBay and PayPal about it. Just got off the phone tonight. The problem started last week. The lady tonight ended the call after putting me on hold twice that they a number of customers with this problem. She told me to check back in 24 hours.

EB
EB

last time i tried to buy these off paypal digital gifts (to get the ink 5x), the paypal store kept giving me technical glitches to revalidate my account over and over again with texts and phone calls. eventually i quit. Happened on 2 occasions using different computers and browsers

george smiley
george smiley

You had hit your PPDG gift card limit. That’s what it does. Buy your ebay cards elsewhere if you need volume.

Skyriver
Skyriver

I had the same never ending validation loop with PPDG, but I’m sure it’s not the limit. In fact, I’ve never been able to check out anything from PPDG…

lc
lc

I noticed this yesterday and don’t know if this is related but when I check the transaction deals of the purchase I made over this limit it lists the gift cards as the type “voucher” and not as type “Gift Certificates and Cards Redemption” as previous gift card redemptions.

These gift cards also were not tracked when I check my redemption code list on paypal.

Susan

I also noticed that the gift cards I used don’t show up in the redemption history like they used to. I tweeted about it (https://twitter.com/fptgiftbox/status/707724442638528512) but nobody else seemed to have noticed. I used to be able to use this page (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/customerprofileweb?cmd=_profile-pie-available) to know which gift cards still have a balance, but that is no longer the case.

It’s a pain when paying with multiple eBay GCs of the same denomination and you have to guess which card still has a balance.

Shannon
Shannon

Susan,

The link still works. I used it tonight to check my balances.

Alex
Alex

Link is still active, however new card numbers don’t appear to be showing up on the listing. I used an eBay GC on 3/13 that has a remaining active balance, but does not appear on page.

Susan

That’s correct. The link still works but shows only gift cards you’ve used prior to a specific date (no idea when this changed) but all the gift cards I’ve applied in the past few weeks aren’t showing up here. I know there are a few cards that have balance but they don’t appear here.

lc
lc

I tried on my other account and it seems that gift cards are now listed as “vouchers” on paypal and thus they are not tracked under your gift card redemption history as gift cards like they use to.

To check what type of payment the gift card is classified as you can check your recent transactions on the classic paypal site layout. If it shows as “Gift Certificates and Cards Redemption” it should show in your redemption history but if it shows as “voucher” I have noticed it has not

oozze
oozze

The $1000 enforced.
I bought an item worth $1300.
I used 2 x $500 gift cards.

I did have several small ($15) gcards.

When i added the $15 Gcard, Ebay/Paypal took it, but one of my $500 gcard becomes $485.

Which max out @ $1000.

oozze

Eric
Eric

I just found a negative with this new policy. It seems that Ebay gc we use no longer get tied to our PayPal account. While this sounds like a good thing it’s not for me as I like to confirm that my gc are a $0 balance before discarding them. Now it’s harder to keep track of which gc still have a balance.

Susan

I thought that eBay gift cards were tied to the Paypay account first used, but I found that was not the case. They are also somewhat tied to the eBay account you used the GC with.

For example: If you use a gift card with “eBay Acct #A + Paypal Act #1”, the remaining balance cannot be applied to purchase using “eBay Acct #B + Paypal Act #1”

This makes tracking gift card balances even more difficult because like you mentioned, Paypal history no longer shows which gift card has a balance. I used to be able to see a balance using this page: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/customerprofileweb?cmd=_profile-pie-available

Jim
Jim

A paypal rep told me tonight when I called in about a problem I was having with my gift cards that gift cards were being taken over by eBay. She couldn’t look up the balance on my card whereas she use to be.

joE
joE

I made a $510 purchase yesterday and another $510 purchase today. I did have to call paypal and answer security questions for them to approve the transactions for the first $510. The next day, 2nd $510 worked with out having to call.

However I had to go through their phone verification 3 times for each transactions. Once at ebay, once at paypal and another time for switching to a different CC on file.

Make of this what you will, my head is spinning with all the damn changes and limits they have been making.

Frank
Frank

The ebay gift card partially used are still blocked by $5000 on my account. But new gift card can be used.

George Smiley
George Smiley

Good catch! Confirmed.

Same for me, I was definitely at $5k I track it meticulously. If I tried to apply any gift cards stored in paypal, It would block.

But I could use $300 in new cards.

Jim
Jim

Thanks! So that’s my problem.

anthonyjh21
anthonyjh21

Same exact problem. I’m giving it some time to let the dust settle before I deal with this issue. Have over $100 locked up. Be nice if they stopped holding my funds hostage now that we’re beyond the $5k/180 rule.

pier11
pier11

I seem still hitting 5k ceiling.
Able to apply smallish GC that was linked to PP account.
But still getting errors when applying $100 GC.

lc
lc

What type of gift card are you buying? I have noticed the 5k limit is gone but paypal digital gift cards are still YMMV on getting gift cards to work

pier11
pier11

physical from GCM

John
John

Maybe this means that the split between ebay and paypal is getting more solid, and we may soon no longer have to use PayPal as our payment method if we are using gift cards. This would be a plus, especially if the entire amount due is covered by the GC balance.

George Smiley
George Smiley

This move makes me nervous. I suspect gift card resale prices will drop as discount ebay cards flood the markets. Hopefully we will make it up in volume but there is always someone willing to do more volume than the next guy, and that drives down resale prices.

I suspect Ebay will exclude giftcard sales from ebay bucks. The $5000 limit at least made it a little hard to max out $500/quarter. Now it’s stupid easy. They can’t just give this money away.

I looked around and found a ‘news’ report that ebay is not giving any partners money for sale of ebay cards. I think those discounts might be over. Equally interesting, they report that

“The post on the ePN blog made it clear this policy affects only eBay-branded gift cards. However, it warned affiliates that gift cards in general are not good source of revenue for them – and it listed several other products that generated little revenue for affiliates:”

This is from http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cab/abn/y16/m03/i04/s01

Bryan
Bryan

eBay charges a 9% seller fee for the average user for selling a gift card. They are lying if they say they aren’t making any money off them.

George smiley
George smiley

Affiliates are like Cardency and GiftCardMall, not average users.

Cj
Cj

You guys are too narrow minded… Quit looking at the purchase and sale of ebay gift cards as the money maker… Sure it gets them money…. But the big one here is having literally ***Millions of dollars*** to put in a ***high yield interest bearing account**** or to invest with… I mean if someone wants to hand me literally millions of dollars to constantly fund my bank account to pay their bills for some code they can use on my website to buy stuff, I would be game! That’s how retailers make money off this… no more loans, no more fees, ppl lose them and the money sits in their bank and basically becomes theirs, in their account earning interest and for them to use… Some people wait months to use em and they make %’s per month depending on how wisely their team invests it for the tiny investment of programming a system and paying for cheap plastic from japan… Its a no-brainier… Gotta have customer service… why not let them handle this also and pay them the same wage..

Cj
Cj

P.s. ebay gift cards are so messed up right now. If they fail too many times to be entered, you will lock your ebay account up such that paypal will be greyed out and you will be SOL. I am on day 2 of this for my personal account. I am on day 6 of my codes saying “oops, were having problems” on the bright side ebay issued me a 40$ coupon for screwing up my ability to use my 10% ebay bucks offer that should have netted me more than that. I was lucky and got a very nice rep to, but I am always very nice to them and ask them how their day is and such while they are looking into my account.

Jim
Jim

Interesting…I have the same problem and was told that they have it my notes about the problems and would still honor the 10% once they get things fixed. I’ve had my doubts that this will happen but two people there have told me they would. I’m ok with a coupon if the amount is right.

Michelle
Michelle

Possibly another improvement. I was able to use a newly purchased electronic gift card right after I received it via email without waiting the standard four hours for activation.

Susan

Tried several times today to purchase a few gift cards on eBay across multiple Paypal accounts and couldn’t get any gift card to apply, so missed the 4x eBay Bucks offer. 🙁

In any case, I don’t mean to hijack the thread, but several people contacted me earlier today because of this news and asked if I was selling eBay gift cards. I have a limited number each week at about 5-6% discount — almost as good as getting them from Staples w/ Chase Ink+ but if you don’t have the card, it’s a good deal. Message me on my site (www.fptgiftbox.com/contact).

Daniel
Daniel

Good to know. I have Chase Ink, but my friends dont. I’m wondering how you get Ebay for more than 5% off.I know there are some small random sale, but that’s it.

Susan

I have a semi-steady source where I get them at about ~10% discount. It involves a small team of people helping me (I pay them for their time since it involves some stacking). I take whatever left of the proceeds and donate them to the local community. It’s a joint community effort. 🙂

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