Maybe you got a gift card from a place you really don't care about. Or maybe Aunt Ida got you a gift card for the sporting goods store in Albany...a mere 665 miles from Caledonia.

Walmart to the rescue! The worlds' largest retailer is stepping up it's gift card buy back program to help consumers have a happier holiday!

"Starting Christmas Day, Wal-Mart is letting customers exchange gift cards from more than 200 retailers, airlines and restaurants for a Wal-Mart card. The cards don't expire and can be used in stores and online. The exchange may send more shoppers to the website of the world's largest retailer.

It's a test program, but if it's successful, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said the card swap could become a permanent service. Wal-Mart spokesman Ravi Jariwala said the chain doesn't have specific metrics to evaluate that but will watch how shoppers react.
Shoppers won't get the full value of their gift cards to use at Wal-Mart. For example, with, customers can redeem up to 95 percent, while for Staples that figure is up to 90 percent and for Gap, up to 85 percent. For some brands, a Wal-Mart gift card will be worth just 70 percent of the original card."

Great alternative to a gift card you might not use. Making it easier to spend.

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