Gift card

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A gift card also known as gift certificate in North America, or gift voucher or gift token in the UK is a prepaid stored-value money card, usually issued by a retailer or bank, to be used as an alternative to cash for purchases within a particular store or related businesses.wikipedia
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Stored-value card

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A gift card also known as gift certificate in North America, or gift voucher or gift token in the UK is a prepaid stored-value money card, usually issued by a retailer or bank, to be used as an alternative to cash for purchases within a particular store or related businesses.
Another difference between stored-value cards and debit and credit cards is that debit and credit cards are usually issued in the name of individual account holders, while stored-value cards may be anonymous, as in the case of gift cards.

Gift

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From the purchaser's point of view, a gift card is a gift, given in place of an object which the recipient may not need, when the giving of cash as a present may be regarded as socially inappropriate.
The total unredeemed value of gift cards purchased in the U.S. each year is estimated to be about a billion dollars.

Magnetic stripe card

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Cards may have a barcode or magnetic strip, which is read by an electronic credit card machine.
Examples of cards adhering to these standards include ATM cards, bank cards (credit and debit cards including Visa and MasterCard), gift cards, loyalty cards, driver's licenses, telephone cards, membership cards, electronic benefit transfer cards (e.g. food stamps), and nearly any application in which value or secure information is not stored on the card itself.

Scrip

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Gift cards differ from scrip gift certificates, in that the latter are usually sold as a paper document with an authorized signature by a restaurant, store, or other individual establishment as a voucher for a future service; there is no electronic authorization.
In the retail and fundraising industries, scrip is now issued in the form of gift cards, eCards, or less commonly paper gift certificates.

Voucher

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Gift cards differ from scrip gift certificates, in that the latter are usually sold as a paper document with an authorized signature by a restaurant, store, or other individual establishment as a voucher for a future service; there is no electronic authorization.

Charity gift card

A charity gift card allows the gift giver to make a charitable donation and the gift recipient to choose a charity that will receive the donation.
Although a charity gift card has many similarities to a store gift card, a charity gift card functions quite differently.

Retail

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A gift card also known as gift certificate in North America, or gift voucher or gift token in the UK is a prepaid stored-value money card, usually issued by a retailer or bank, to be used as an alternative to cash for purchases within a particular store or related businesses.

Bank

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A gift card also known as gift certificate in North America, or gift voucher or gift token in the UK is a prepaid stored-value money card, usually issued by a retailer or bank, to be used as an alternative to cash for purchases within a particular store or related businesses.

American Express

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American Express, MasterCard, and Visa offer generic gift cards which need not be redeemed at particular stores, and which are widely used for cashback marketing strategies.

Mastercard

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American Express, MasterCard, and Visa offer generic gift cards which need not be redeemed at particular stores, and which are widely used for cashback marketing strategies.

Visa Inc.

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American Express, MasterCard, and Visa offer generic gift cards which need not be redeemed at particular stores, and which are widely used for cashback marketing strategies.

United States

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In the United States, gift cards are highly popular, ranking in 2006 as the second-most given gift by consumers, the most-wanted gift by women, and the third-most wanted by males.

Neiman Marcus

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Neiman Marcus introduced the first giftcard using a payments infrastructure in late 1994, though Blockbuster Entertainment was the first company to do so on a wide scale, test-marketing them in 1995 and launching them around the country the next year.

Blockbuster LLC

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Neiman Marcus introduced the first giftcard using a payments infrastructure in late 1994, though Blockbuster Entertainment was the first company to do so on a wide scale, test-marketing them in 1995 and launching them around the country the next year.

Sunrise, Florida

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Blockbuster's first giftcard transactions were processed by what was then Nabanco of Sunrise, Florida Nabanco was the developer of the first third-party platform for the processing of gift cards using existing payment infrastructure.

Mobil

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Neiman Marcus and Blockbuster were later followed by the Mobil gas card, which initially offered prepaid phone value provided by MCI.

MCI Inc.

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Neiman Marcus and Blockbuster were later followed by the Mobil gas card, which initially offered prepaid phone value provided by MCI.

Kmart

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Kmart was next with the introduction of the Kmart Cash Card, which in the early generations provided prepaid phone time with AT&T.

AT&T

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Kmart was next with the introduction of the Kmart Cash Card, which in the early generations provided prepaid phone time with AT&T.

Credit card

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A gift card may resemble a credit card or display a specific theme on a plastic card the size of a credit card.

Barcode

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Cards may have a barcode or magnetic strip, which is read by an electronic credit card machine.

Encryption

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To thwart counterfeiting, the data is encrypted.

Shopping mall

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A third form is the hybrid closed loop card whose issuer has bundled a number of closed loop cards; an example is free gift cards for a specific shopping mall.

Rebate (marketing)

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Bank issued gift cards may be used in lieu of checks as a way to disburse rebate funds.