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13 December 2016

Did you know certain cards are not included in BC's gift card law? In this blog post, we'll show you how to figure out if your card is a regular retail gift card (which we oversee) or a general use prepaid card (which are regulated federally), and tell you where to go if you need help. Sound a bit confusing? It can be so read on for more information.

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14 December 2014

Ahh the holidays: a time to spend quality time with your loved ones and not stress out about buying the perfect gift… right?! In all seriousness, chances are many of you are purchasing gift cards for friends and family this season – here’s a reminder about what the law says about expiration dates and fees.

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29 April 2013

Here at Consumer Protection BC, we receive hundreds of consumer inquiries each week. They come to us through our Call Centre, through our Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as through here, on our blog. For today’s post, we thought it might be fun to post a few consumer questions (and our answers!) about the hot topic of gift cards. We’ve gotten more than 20 comments on ONE of our posts on this topic alone!

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05 December 2012

This week we received the following question on our blog from a consumer.  Check out our video below for the answer!

Jeremy asks:

"Do the {BC gift card} laws only apply to the kind of gift card that is plastic with the magnetic strip?

My manager got me a gift card to a local restaurant (a general card for food and/or drinks), which is just a folded paper card listing the amount of the gift, who authorized it, etc. I recently found that it had fallen in-behind my bookshelf, but it is now 2 years past the expiry they wrote on it. They refuse to honour it. Do the laws still apply to local business gift cards? Or do they only apply to the plastic ones with magnetic strips? Thanks!"

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05 December 2011

Whether its for $5 or $500, gift cards make great little stocking stuffers and are the perfect gift for those hard to buy folks.  In British Columbia, since 2008,  gift cards for a monetary value are not allowed to have an expiry date.  There are exceptions for when a gift card can have an expiry date however, such as for a specific good like a hair cut or for a mall card, where the card is good at more than one store.  If you are planning on giving a gift card this year, keep reading to see more information and tips we have about gift cards!

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05 October 2011

We consistently get questions from consumers around BC's gift card law and group buying deals such as Groupon.

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30 November 2010

Can you believe it’s December already?  The holiday season is upon us and stores are beginning to look cheerful and festive. I always feel a bit overwhelmed going to crowded shopping malls and battling the parking lot warzone.

If you are a last minute shopper like me, prepaid purchase cards (aka gift cards) can be a lifesaver for those difficult to buy for people. In fact, a survey done by Maritz Research Canada says that more and more Canadians say they are choosing to purchase gift cards (49% in 2010 over 45% in 2009).  They also make great stocking stuffers. How could you go wrong?