Posted by William Charles on September 9, 2016
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Published on September 9th, 2016 | by William Charles

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eBay Giftcards Can Be Used To Purchase 3rd Party Giftcards From September 13th Till October 13th

Update: Now live!

On August 22nd, eBay changed the terms on their gift cards to no longer allow the purchase of third party gift cards without any notice. A lot of people complained and filed complaints with the California attorney general. eBay has been contacting people that have made these complaints letting them know that a grace period will be added and everybody will be able to purchase third party gift cards with eBay gift cards from September 13th until October 13th, 2016.

How good this news is really depends on whether eBay will still have third party gift card sales and eBay bucks bonus offers during this period or not. I suspect they will as it’s the last month for Q3 and they’ll want to pad their numbers somewhat but we will have to wait and see. If not then you might want to have a look at our list of the best options for purchasing full price gift cards.

Hat tip to /r/churning & reader @petroccoco



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Lantean
Lantean

But what about eBay bucks? Will they be treated like gift cards after October 13?

max
max

Thanks for the info – What about the limit – Will they still have a limit enforced during this month that only this amount of gift cards can be used ?

Evan
Evan

Too bad. I was hoping they will scrap this altogether and allow gift card purchases again.

gary
gary

I had sent ebay a few messages about asking for a refund on my ebay gift cards i purhcased because they changed the terms after the fact and consider it bait and switch and they should either allow me to cash them out or use them to purchase gc. They completely ignored the messages/ Didnt think about contacting attorney general so good to know

Jey
Jey

I also emailed them, and the exact same thing has happened to me –They completely ignored all the emails i sent. I have filed a dispute with my credit card company, and was thinking to sue them in small claim court if the issue cannot be resolved. The customer service of paypal and ebay is so unbelievably bad (especially compared to Amazon, or the norm in this country). I really hope someone can step forward to file a class action against them or build another company to end their monopoly in C2C.

Andrew
Andrew

Whoo! I have about 5k in eBay GCs that I can unload now.

ado
ado

The limit of 2k per 60 days still applies ?

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

I would hope he was already planning on circumventing these limits by redeeming across multiple accounts. Even still, that’s a whole lot of leverage and risk for just reselling gift cards which is pretty meager profit margins. I can understand if you’re doing serious reselling, but not gift cards.

AP
AP

There is the possibility that Andrew was buying the ebay gift cards themselves at substantial discount.

T
T

Will the $2000 limit apply during this period

NinjaX
NinjaX

Let the Games Begin… And May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor…

Joe
Joe

What about the $2k limit per 60 days. What good is it if there is a limit in place?

anthonyjh21
anthonyjh21

I guess it just depends on whether or not you’re at your cap. Odds are that by October 13th you’ll have opened up rolling 60 day capacity. And we’re not even sure if the $2k cap is in effect, although I’d assume it will be. Either way it’s a positive development by a company that virtually never concedes to its customers.

MrWho
MrWho

Wow, what’s the difference between eBay and other merchants that do not allow 3rd party GCs with their store GCs? Perhaps you should complain to all the stores. You got lucky this time that eBay is giving a chance to liquidate.

Max
Max

That’s not the story at all. The complaint was that eBay violated/replaced their own widely advertised terms. eBay typically does not concede legal errors, and just pays the fines and penalties. Since they did it this time, they must’ve felt some serious heat.

Ugly
Ugly

I just have a few hundred $ left to cash out. Awesome.

The Nuffler
The Nuffler

This is NOT good enough. They will likely have very few (if any) sales on GCs and I will be pressured to trade my eBay GCs from Steak & Shake GCs or something crappy like that. Since they have seriously devalued the worth of these eBay GCs without prior notice I feel I should get a full refund of the face value.

Bryan
Bryan

Any word on if they will also allow the grace period on coins and bullion?

anthonyjh21
anthonyjh21

My guess is yes, but wouldn’t be surprised if we can’t. I think they’ll just revert to an open policy for a rolling month and then close the doors again with a big middle finger.

MTH
MTH

Oct. is the Bux spend month. Usually much fewer good Bux offers during those months.

Chris
Chris

Going to unload what I have and never buy them again.

gary
gary

same here

Dan
Dan

Same

DXO
DXO

topcashback seems to not be tracking my gift card orders since sep 6, anyone else with this issue?

blue9
blue9

My GC purchase on 9/8 from ebay didn’t show up as a transaction at top cash back.

Chris
Chris

Nothing of mine from the 6th on has reported so far but it has happened before. I once had to wait a week for them to roll up.

BikeManDan
BikeManDan

I found this discussion about Bucks no longer being able to be used with bullion. If that were the case, Id assume no GCs as well. They claim to have found this info by calling. Anyone want to try calling and confirming?

https://forums.collectors.com/messageview.aspx?catid=26&threadid=968854&enterthread=y

anthonyjh21
anthonyjh21

Good find. I’m just going to play it safe and treat my ebay bucks like ebay gift cards and will find a way to burn them by the 13th. Just not worth the risk of being stuck with almost $1k in ebay bucks between my 2 accounts (wife and I) with only online craigslist items for sale.

I would probably still spend a few hundred on ebay yearly, but it’s at best 10% of what I’d spend on Amazon. Suffice to say, I don’t want that much in ebay gc wasting away.

Jason
Jason

Of course, this is all worthless if the paypal digital gift cards system has been hacked and criminal are using up your gift cards. We know it was absolutely hacked in August, is it still hacked? Who knows.

Gerald
Gerald

You can buy eBay gift cards in stores, as I have done. Buy them at Lowes and Home Depot with your Discover card through the end of the month and get 5% back (10% in your first year).

calwatch
calwatch

If they open up bullion again I may buy some more GC and max out the $2k (and complete my bullion purchases indefinitely).

NickMc
NickMc

Any word on whether or not this will also apply to gift cards bought after the initial ToS change/during the grace period?

Chuck

I assume all gift cards will be usable to purchase third-party gift cards during this time frame. We don’t know, however, if the $2k/60 limit will be in place.

bilbo
bilbo

Well, it is the 13 and you still cannot guy GC with ebay GC

Chris
Chris

Unless I’m at the 2k limit still I just tried and they aren’t working.

Jun
Jun

Not working for me neither

Fiby

No luck here either

gary
gary

just tried it, im not near any 2k limit and didnt work

Dave
Dave

I am within 2K/60 limit and yet couldn’t check out PPDG this morning.

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