AG Landry releases the Ins and Outs of using gift cards

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is helping consumers make wise decisions this holiday season when it comes to gift cards. Landry’s office has released a flyer on the Ins and outs of using gift cards wisely. You can pick those up at the Bossier Chamber of Commerce if you would like to display them in your office. As always, we do encourage you to shop at trusted retailers for your purchases, particularly gift cards.

The PJ’s Coffee on Airline Drive is advertising gift cards are available for purchase. Buying gift cards from local retailers you trust is one way to ensure you are making a wise purchase.

When buying gift cards:

  • Buy from a known and trusted source, avoiding online auction sites.
  • Read the fine print before buying cards, as there may be added fees for the gift card.
  • Give the recipient the original receipt in case the card is lost or stolen.
  • Consider the financial condition of the retailer or restaurant before buying a gift card from them. If the store files bankruptcy, the card may be worth less than anticipated. Or, if the location close to the recipient closes, it may be hard for them to redeem the gift card.

When using gift cards:

  • Note the terms and conditions, including expiration dates or usage fees.
  • Keep the original purchase receipt, card’s ID number and any terms and conditionals in a safe place, in case you need it.
  • Immediately report lost or stolen cards to the issuer.
  • If the card expires before use, make a request for it to be replaced. The issuer may agree to an exchange or to reverse deducted fees.
  • If a caller demands that you pay over the phone using a gift card, be skeptical!