Posted by Chuck on July 31, 2015
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Published on July 31st, 2015 | by Chuck

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Junkcard Currently Not Buying Gift Cards From Public

We’ve written before about the various options for selling unwanted gift cards, see The Complete Guide to Selling your Unwanted Gift Cards for Cash. One of the smaller sites we mentioned there was Junkcard.

We noticed that they just stopped purchasing gift cards from the public and now only will purchase gift cards from “their trusted partners”, presumably referring to bulk sellers.

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They try to put a positive spin on it – that they only want to buy from those they trust. It’s also possible that they are having some business problems or restructure which is causing them not to buy from the public any more. They indicate that this is temporary and will change in the future.

Giftcardgranny has removed them from the Sell list, but still has them on the Buy list. Giftcardwiki is still showing them.

As an aside, my contact at Giftcardgranny informed me that they recently revised their feeds on a couple of exchanges which weren’t always accurate. Recently, I found them more accurate than Giftcardwiki, although Giftcardwiki does have some cool features which are useful.



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Paul
Paul

Trust me, they’re doing everyone a favor. You want no part of that clown car guised as a company.

Octavio
Octavio

Hear, hear! Still waiting on the replacement check for the one that bounced!

brittany
brittany

I sold my cards to them and weeks later they told me that they were going to send them back to me. I don’t plan on ever using them again .

JB
JB

My bet is they’re kinda out of business. They sent me a check for half the amount they owe me and I send them like 1 support ticket every day without any kind of reaction. I cashed the check I have a few days ago and it hasn’t bounced (yet). Stay away!

Octavio
Octavio

To be honest, you should email them. I don’t think they work the tickets. I had to open tickets that were just sitting there for like 5 days. As soon as I emailed them, I got a response and they consequently closed the tickets afterwards. Same thing happened to a friend of mine – no response to the ticket, but got a response the next day he emailed them – try it, it might work for you.

JB
JB

Thanks for the tip but I already tried that before I started to send them a ticket a day. This has been going on for like 2 weeks already…

Octavio
Octavio

Oh man, sorry to hear that. At least you got half the money and hopefully, you’ll get the other half. The check they sent you was Chase handwritten check, right?

JB
JB

Yeah, this looked so funny and unusual when I got it. Then I saw the amount and didn’t feel like laughing anymore…

Octavio
Octavio

Cool, thanks for the info – their excuse to the bounced checks was that they were switching accounts, so I was wondering if anybody got a check drawn at a different bank. Yeah, I felt funny too when I received what looked like a “personal” check from a “company,” then again it was my first time dealing with Junkcard so I didn’t know if they’ve always issued those checks.

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

Yep, at a minimum they are having financial solvency problems, at worst we’re seeing the end of a ponzi scheme. My check bounced back late June and they reissued one plus the $5 fee which thankfully did clear. Claimed it was because they were moving accounts but other reports from folks of checks bouncing has surfaced since and they’re still using this excuse. Not good at all. Hope everyone gets their money from outstanding sales. Stay away for sure.

harvson3
harvson3

Sent them some cards last year. They first advised me that payment would be delayed. Then, after that date passed, they informed me that they would pay me about 75% of what they quoted to me when they first approved the transaction. Thankfully got my cards back. They are dishonest.

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

I just had GiftCardRescue pull a similar stunt on me. Sent my cards in, denied my sale, asked me to send a prepaid return envelope in order for them to return my cards or they would confiscate them(nice, right?). Looks like they dropped the prices on the cards I sold and decided not to honor the price they agreed to before I sent them off. Another dishonest seller. I’d advise staying away from them as well.

Diamond Vargas
Diamond Vargas

To balance all the piling on here a tiny bit, my one and only experience with Junkcard went fine, receive the weird hand-written check from them, in the full sale amount, about two weeks after I mailed in the card. This was only a few weeks ago, so now I feel pretty lucky that it went as smoothly as it did considering they seem to be having some serious issues all of a sudden.

Carl
Carl

Wow, cashed my check from Junkyard a week or two ago, no problems. YET! But won’t go back since they are not buying. Also, stay the F$%# away from Gift Card rescue. They screwed me over as well as are SUPER slow to send the reduced amount check and have not received it yet.

I will say in balance, so far Cardpool is A-ok as is Monster. In my experience of course. YMMV

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

Can’t agree with you more about GiftCardRescue. Nice sheen professional looking website and underneath is a bunch of fraudsters.

JB
JB

Got the 2nd check. It’s dated on the 17th so I wonder if it was the postal service taking forever to deliver it or JC to mail it. Anyway, I certainly won’t do any business with these guys anytime soon again.

Octavio
Octavio

Glad to see that!! There’s still hope! If it’s a Chase check, and you got a Chase account (does not have to be a checking account) and you have a branch nearby, I suggest you just cash it there vs. depositing directly into your checking account. They might have sufficient funds now, but you never know – fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. You can also verify funds by calling Chase automated service @ 800-935-9935 option 4, option 1, if you are a chase customer, you’ll be able to verify if the account has enough funds to cover the check amount. If you are a non-customer, you will only be able to verify if the account is valid. If you go through the Chase customer route, you’ll have to enter your account number (which can be a credit card) and your ssn. I am not a fan of entering account numbers and my ssn in an strange automated service, but you can go directly to the Chase website to verify that the 9935 phone number is indeed a Chase number 🙂 Do keep in mind that even if the system tells you that there are sufficient funds NOW, it does not mean that there will be when the check is actually presented to the bank.

Thanks for the update as it renews my hope of getting mine as well.

Octavio
Octavio

After some tickets and emails, I finally got paid. Because of all the problems, they actually agreed to do ACH (which is usually reversed for bulk sellers) and they also included the fee I was charged for the bounced check. Happy ending to one story. Now to deal with GiftCardRescue!!!

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