Posted by Chuck on April 13, 2016
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Published on April 13th, 2016 | by Chuck

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eBay Gift Cards Can No Longer be Used to Buy eBay Gift Cards [‘Rolling’]

eBay is now enforcing the terms and not allowing an eBay gift card to be used to buy an eBay gift card.

Ebay has long had a rule in their terms that you can’t use an eBay gift card to buy an eBay gift card – even before all the recent changes. But it was never enforced; the system always allowed us to pay for an eBay gift card with an eBay gift card. This laxity led to the Slickdeals phenomenon called “rolling” eBay gift cards.

“Rolling”: Ebay often offers a sale on their gift cards, e.g. $100 eBay gift card for $95. Many people bought the gift card on sale, then used that $100 card to buy the next eBay gift card sale, and that one to buy the next, etc.

EBay is now enforcing the terms and not allowing eBay gift cards to be used to buy eBay gift cards, both e-gift cards and physical gift cards. The system still does allow eBay Bucks to buy eBay gift cards, however.

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What I like about this new change is that it indicates that we’re safe – for now – to continue using eBay gift cards to buy third-party gift cards on eBay. Apparently, they are fine with that.

 

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P
P

Dang. I earned so much from one particular portal for doing this almost everyday. Well oh well

Raj
Raj

Do you mind sharing which portal now that it’s dead?

Mark O
Mark O

You used to be able to earn portal bonuses on ebay gift cards through a lot of them (topcashback etc) but they don’t pay for it anymore.

Eric
Eric

Actually TCB was paying out on Ebay gc as recently as last month. I never abused it though and only bought it when there was some kind of deal (ie 5% off). I’m guessing that’s the portal P was referring to.

Mark O
Mark O

I think ebay just send out a notice saying they won’t pay portals for ebay GC within the last month or so.

P
P

I used topcashback and swagbucks. Swagbucks can be redeemed for gift cards or Paypal

P
P

Swagbucks was paying as early S last week. Although they don’t credit for 72 days

Dave
Dave

wow i’m gonna have to go and get a job now

Lantean
Lantean

LOL
😉

Evan
Evan

This is bad. I didn’t like the strategy of buying a discounted eBay gc using another eBay gc and I didn’t do it habitually, but from time to time it was convenient. I don’t believe they’re gonna stop accepting eBay gcs for 3rd party gcs though, especially now that Amazon started allowing that.

Russ
Russ

With interest rates so low they make very little on the float, so they want you to use GC’s on something that generates revenue for them. Rolling makes them no money and even generates a small loss.

Buying thrid-party GC’s with eBay GC’s generates listing and final value fees, so logically they won’t stop that use.

Chamillionaire
Chamillionaire

They see me rolling they hating ….

Jessica
Jessica

A little off topic but I am trying to use my ebay bucks on a 3rd party gift card purchase and I keep getting “Oops, we’re having technical issues. Please try your code again.” Any ideas why?

Mike
Mike

I am also having the same problem. Tried paying with Ebay bucks and/or Ebay gift cards this morning for an hour, and it’s telling me the same thing “Oops, we’re having technical issues”

Eventually after few tries it takes the Ebay Bucks or Ebay gift card, but then it says “Paypal is having issues and you can’t complete the transaction.

Jessica
Jessica

Just to update: I tried again and it finally worked so I guess you just have to keep trying.

al
al

Help!!! My wife and I were given Ebay gc(s) as a gift. We have tried unsuccessfully to purchase Carnival Cruise Line Gift Cards from Ebay for a trip we are taking later this year….. Ebay says no-go……. We are are in a near panic as the cards total a large (for us) amount of cash……

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