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Rusty
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6/10/2010 10:21:01 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Would you buy someone a gift card? I've received many of these in the past and I can't think of one good reason someone would decide to present one instead of cash.

I thought maybe the aesthetics of a nicely-packaged gift card might somehow redeemed it, but that doesn't really work.

We already have wrapping, cards and bags to maximize the outward appearance of a present. Put the money inside of a nice card and problem solved. Good appearance and they're not forced to shop at a certain store. You can even make the card yourself.

Thoughts?
badger
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6/10/2010 11:19:26 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 10:21:01 AM, Denote wrote:
Would you buy someone a gift card? I've received many of these in the past and I can't think of one good reason someone would decide to present one instead of cash.

I thought maybe the aesthetics of a nicely-packaged gift card might somehow redeemed it, but that doesn't really work.

We already have wrapping, cards and bags to maximize the outward appearance of a present. Put the money inside of a nice card and problem solved. Good appearance and they're not forced to shop at a certain store. You can even make the card yourself.

Thoughts?

it's all i get. my family don't want me spending it on other things.
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6/10/2010 11:20:12 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
So no hooker's & blow?
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6/10/2010 11:22:54 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 11:21:13 AM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
I prefer cash over gift cards

like that needed saying.
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studentathletechristian8
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6/10/2010 11:23:09 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 11:22:35 AM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:20:12 AM, Ragnar_Rahl wrote:
So no hooker's & blow?

i don't need to pay for my women.

You just like to do it.
badger
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6/10/2010 11:26:06 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 11:23:09 AM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:22:35 AM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:20:12 AM, Ragnar_Rahl wrote:
So no hooker's & blow?

i don't need to pay for my women.

You just like to do it.

what?
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studentathletechristian8
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6/10/2010 11:31:19 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 11:26:06 AM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:23:09 AM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:22:35 AM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:20:12 AM, Ragnar_Rahl wrote:
So no hooker's & blow?

i don't need to pay for my women.

You just like to do it.

what?

Pay for women.
badger
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6/10/2010 11:33:18 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 11:31:19 AM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:26:06 AM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:23:09 AM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:22:35 AM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:20:12 AM, Ragnar_Rahl wrote:
So no hooker's & blow?

i don't need to pay for my women.

You just like to do it.

what?

Pay for women.

i thought you were saying something completely different. i don't like paying for anything.
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studentathletechristian8
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6/10/2010 11:40:29 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 11:33:18 AM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:31:19 AM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:26:06 AM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:23:09 AM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:22:35 AM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 11:20:12 AM, Ragnar_Rahl wrote:
So no hooker's & blow?

i don't need to pay for my women.

You just like to do it.

what?

Pay for women.

i thought you were saying something completely different. i don't like paying for anything.

Nor do I.
InsertNameHere
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6/10/2010 1:17:04 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I love getting gifts cards actually. It means I can go on shopping sprees at all my favorite stores without having to pay anything. Sure you can do the same with cash too, but I tend to waste cash on more pointless things. At least with a gift card I'm limited to where I can spend it so I can get new clothes or whatever else I happen to need when I need it.
innomen
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6/10/2010 1:22:00 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Yeah, i tend to take cash and buy stuff i need, like razors or groceries or whatever, but a gift card makes me get something that i want, less than need. But cash is good too.
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6/10/2010 1:46:41 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 1:35:20 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
Essentials > Wants

most of what we think are essentials are wants though.
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6/10/2010 1:47:50 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 1:46:41 PM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:35:20 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
Essentials > Wants

most of what we think are essentials are wants though.

That's very true. My friends are terrible for that, so materialistic. Argh...
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6/10/2010 1:51:25 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 1:47:50 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:46:41 PM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:35:20 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
Essentials > Wants

most of what we think are essentials are wants though.

That's very true. My friends are terrible for that, so materialistic. Argh...

I'm the opposite.
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6/10/2010 1:52:36 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 1:51:25 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:47:50 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:46:41 PM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:35:20 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
Essentials > Wants

most of what we think are essentials are wants though.

That's very true. My friends are terrible for that, so materialistic. Argh...

I'm the opposite.

Yea, I used to be ultra materialistic until I realized how idiotic it was. now I pretty much just gat by with the basics. Like I don't have expensive clothes, a cellphone or anything like that.
badger
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6/10/2010 1:52:45 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 1:51:25 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:47:50 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:46:41 PM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:35:20 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
Essentials > Wants

most of what we think are essentials are wants though.

That's very true. My friends are terrible for that, so materialistic. Argh...

I'm the opposite.

as am i but i eat a whole load of food that i definitely don't need. the drugs are essential.
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6/10/2010 1:52:59 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 1:52:36 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:51:25 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:47:50 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:46:41 PM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:35:20 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
Essentials > Wants

most of what we think are essentials are wants though.

That's very true. My friends are terrible for that, so materialistic. Argh...

I'm the opposite.

Yea, I used to be ultra materialistic until I realized how idiotic it was. now I pretty much just gat by with the basics. Like I don't have expensive clothes, a cellphone or anything like that.

*get
studentathletechristian8
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6/10/2010 1:53:46 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 1:52:45 PM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:51:25 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:47:50 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:46:41 PM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:35:20 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
Essentials > Wants

most of what we think are essentials are wants though.

That's very true. My friends are terrible for that, so materialistic. Argh...

I'm the opposite.

as am i but i eat a whole load of food that i definitely don't need. the drugs are essential.

Because the drugs keep your weight to a reasonable number ;)
badger
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6/10/2010 1:55:34 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 1:53:46 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:52:45 PM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:51:25 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:47:50 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:46:41 PM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:35:20 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
Essentials > Wants

most of what we think are essentials are wants though.

That's very true. My friends are terrible for that, so materialistic. Argh...

I'm the opposite.

as am i but i eat a whole load of food that i definitely don't need. the drugs are essential.

Because the drugs keep your weight to a reasonable number ;)

nah, i'd commit suicide without them. lol
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GeoLaureate8
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6/10/2010 2:05:20 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 1:52:36 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:51:25 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:47:50 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:46:41 PM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:35:20 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
Essentials > Wants

most of what we think are essentials are wants though.

That's very true. My friends are terrible for that, so materialistic. Argh...

I'm the opposite.

Yea, I used to be ultra materialistic until I realized how idiotic it was. now I pretty much just gat by with the basics. Like I don't have expensive clothes, a cellphone or anything like that.

No cellphone?

Why are you anti-materialistic?
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6/10/2010 2:08:36 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/10/2010 2:05:20 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:52:36 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:51:25 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:47:50 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:46:41 PM, badger wrote:
At 6/10/2010 1:35:20 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
Essentials > Wants

most of what we think are essentials are wants though.

That's very true. My friends are terrible for that, so materialistic. Argh...

I'm the opposite.

Yea, I used to be ultra materialistic until I realized how idiotic it was. now I pretty much just gat by with the basics. Like I don't have expensive clothes, a cellphone or anything like that.

No cellphone?

Why are you anti-materialistic?

Well partly because I can't afford to be.
PoeJoe
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6/10/2010 3:34:18 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
The idea behind gift cards is that you may want to give a gift to someone but not know them very well. In addition, you want to appear as if you put some thought into it.

So, the gift card is a good compromise: it lets someone know you care, even if you only have a vague notion of what they like.
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wjmelements
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6/24/2010 9:45:57 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Money trumps gift cards. PoeJoe is right on the cultural and psychological reasons for them, but I prefer not to be limited on where and when I have to spend my money.

For example, I had a gift card to Best Buy that was about to expire.
A) Money doesn't expire; it only inflates, and it does that as fast as gift cards do.
B) I would much rather have spent my money at Fry's, where I could get better electronics at a better price.
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