Holiday Warning about Amazon Gift Cards

Anyone considering giving Amazon.com gift cards this Holiday Season needs to be aware that not everything listed on Amazon.com can be purchased with an Amazon gift card. If the item doesn’t say “Ships from and sold by Amazon.com” then the merchant actually selling the item may or may not accept gift cards as payment. The problem with this is if you have a gift card balance, and attempt to purchase an item from one of these merchants, it’s not obvious that the gift card isn’t being applied. If you have a credit card on file with Amazon, you could end up with a surprise charge on your next bill. My recommendation, if you’re going to give a gift card, is to go with a Visa/AMEX branded card instead of one from Amazon.

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