RANT: What the hell is the point of gift cards?

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    That's a valid point, but it makes it a pain in the ass.

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    Unlike cash, a Best Buy or Circuit City gift card has no chance of going directly into the joint checking account where it can be used for placemats or pillow coverings. Gift cards are great!

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    What would be good would be a tasteful way of packaging money as a gift.
    All the buzzt!
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    I would say origami

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    Unlike cash, a Best Buy or Circuit City gift card has no chance of going directly into the joint checking account where it can be used for placemats or pillow coverings.
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    >>What would be good would be a tasteful way of packaging money as a gift.

    A jigsaw! - cut it up and pop it in an envelope.

    (some form of sticky tape would have to be included aswell, which would provide an excitin gift to open, it would also while away some of those dull hours on chrismas day!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by CornedBee
    What would be good would be a tasteful way of packaging money as a gift.
    Put it in my wallet. Ta-DA!

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    If you don't know what to get someone for christmas, ASK them. Then get them money. I find it easier to crush the spirit that way.
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    >If you don't know what to get someone for christmas, ASK them. Then get them money. I find it easier to crush the spirit that way.

    I just ask them really excitadly, and when they answer I say "AH HA! hmmmmm, and rub my chin."

    Then I don't get them anything at all.

    The sign of dissapointment on their face is oh so sweet.
    Hmm

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    You tell them to rub your chin?

    I'm suddenly unsure that the hundreds of miles between us is enough.

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    >You tell them to rub your chin?
    AHAHHAHAH

    when a typo makes things REALLY different. I got a laff out of that one
    Hmm

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    I disagree, gift cards are important in many ways. It provides as a last minute resort if you haven't had the chance to buy a decent present. Also, it is more polite than giving cash because it shows that you've acutally undergone some effort to get this person their present. The person might not like what you got him so giving a gift card allows that person to choose. So what if its not exactly 25$ or 50$. If something is like $54 dollars, they spend only $4 cutting the burden off something they really wanted as well. So all in all, gift cards serve as good presents for not the closest of friends

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    > you've acutally undergone some effort to get this person their present.

    BS. Whenever I'm in line at Best Buy I can just grab one, and when I worked at Blockbuster we were trained to ask people if they wanted them. It doesn't take much effort to say "sure"

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    Dude you worked at blockbuster cheez.
    Woop?

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    Um... yeah, those student loans don't pay themselves.

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