Posted by Chuck on July 28, 2016
Gift Cards

Published on July 28th, 2016 | by Chuck

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New eBay Gift Card Usage Limits Just Went into Effect

As reported last week, eBay added new language to their gift card terms which cap the total amount of gift cards which can be used at $2,000 per 60-day. We’ll call this the 2k/60 limit; full details in this post.

At that time, it wasn’t being enforced, but just a few hours ago it went into effect.

We can’t apply this gift card. You’ve already redeemed the maximum amount of gift card funds allowed per order.

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It’s in effect retroactively, meaning that you don’t get a fresh start; if you’ve used $2k within the past 60-days, the system won’t allow the gift card to be applied.

I’d guess that the new bullion exclusion is also in effect.

We’ll update the 33 Things to Know about eBay and Paypal to reflect the change in terms.

Thanks to friends Matt and others who pointed this out



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joE
joE

How about we call it the 2k/60 limit? To a new reader I wouldn’t know what the 2 is days, dollars, gift cards, but once I figure the 2 is dollars than the 60 becomes much more obvious. Just a thought boss!

jnrfalcon
jnrfalcon

eBay currently will always use the gift cards that have the highest remaining balance to cover the transaction unless they are not enough. For example, if an item sells $100 and you have 2 cards for $50 each, 1 for $25 and 2 for $10, you can’t use the second $50 card to cover the remaining $5 when you applied all the others. If you try, it will automatically remove all others and left 2 $50 cards there. Plus you can not “combine” eBay gift cards anymore by purchasing another one with eBay gift cards, it makes it a lot difficult to manage eBay gift cards with smaller balance.

eBags
eBags

Anyone up for a class-action lawsuit for retroactively declaring limits terms on old cards?

aloha
aloha

Sounds good. I can’t believe that eBay put this into effect retroactively without emailing its customer! It sucks:(

Mooned
Mooned

And PP just limited my acct while trying to buy some jcpenny gc. The activity to verify was my purchase of overstock gc from earlier in the week. I was signed into my business PP and was trying to pay with my personal PP. Only the personal PP acct was limited.

Rookie
Rookie

Being affected by this as well… Just got the error message, really don’t think I’ve spent $2k in gift cards total in my life, let alone past 60 days. Did the math and I think it’s been about $1600. Super frustrated I can’t spend my card!!

anthonyjh21
anthonyjh21

I haven’t had the chance to look but does anyone know if the PayPal excel trick still works to determine your usage over the prior 60 days?

I agree with others too, having this be retroactive is bad business. Wouldn’t surprise me to learn of class action lawsuits in the future.

aloha
aloha

What is “PayPal excel trick”?

thanks

Chad
Chad

Anyone check to see if gold/bullion is restricted from being used with gift cards now that the new rules are in effect?

Bryan
Bryan

It is.

calwatch
calwatch

You can still purchase any gold product which you will earn eBay bucks on with GC. Generally eligible gold costs about 4-5% more than gold bullion, but I normally only purchase gold when there is a eBay Bucks bonus anyway so know to steer my purchases to the eligible categories.

JJ
JJ

So I am assuming this is rolling limit?

Sande
Sande

such garbage. All I use are gift cards and I do the buy sell thing…guess NO MORE SHOPPING for me! I added up the purchases and they are 2065.25 which doesn’t include shipping….

no more shopping for me I guess!

Chris
Chris

Here we go again. No tool provided by ebay or paypal to know how much you’ve spent in the past 60 days. Crazy.

Dad Shopper
Dad Shopper

Ebay continues to help me save and not spend my money with them. I am a collector of certain items important to me. I ALWAYS use ebay cards. If they will limit their own cards, I will be EXTRA careful what I purchase. (ie not buying from them standard, non-collectable items available elsewhere – coffee, tea, sharpening stones, socks etc.) Also, I have bought so much less since they started the random log-in requirements which made Auctionsniper, etc, risky to use. Spent thousands less with ebay this year. Will spend even less with them in the coming year. How can this help them? Bravo ebay. Stupid.

Meow Meow
Meow Meow

I’m finding the same thing — these new limits have seriously curtailed my spending on eBay. I’ve had a number of purchases in the last two weeks that I normally would have made on eBay, but instead went to Amazon, Best Buy and others. What also gets me angry is that I had just converted $4000 out of Gamestop (with a ton of hard work) into Best Buy GCs and then into eBay GCs. So, of course, that $4000 is now frozen.

I can understand why eBay might choose to enact various limits to limit fraud, but ironically, I feel like eBay has perpetrated a fraud on me by preventing me from spending their own legitimately-purchased GCs. I will be calling them, but I’m pessimistic about eBay doing anything about this.

Mike
Mike

Staples appears to no longer be selling EBay GCs….are there any sources left for 5x?

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