Imagine giving a book written in Chinese to someone who has never studied the language or left the country. The person will find it hard to read.
In the same way, many people have discovered that they can’t use the gift card in their possession, especially if they are in Ghana or Nigeria.
5 gift cards that cannot be used in Nigeria or Ghana
1. iTunes gift cards (U.S.A.)
You cannot use this particular iTunes gift card outside the United States of America, even if the recipient lives outside the country. Apple does not allow non-U.S. residents to access iTunes store credit. You can’t access content purchased with iTunes store credit through its website or mobile app, even if they have a valid U.S.-based credit card on file in their account.
2. Amazon gift cards (U.S.A.)
Another gift card you may not be able to use in Nigeria or Ghana is Amazon Gift Card (USA). Amazon does not allow non-U.S.-based customers to redeem an Amazon Gift Card for purchases on its website. This is even if they have a valid U.S.-based credit card in their account. To redeem this digital asset outside the U.S.A. is to use a physical location where Amazon products are sold or sell it to a card platform like Cardtonic.
3. Walmart (U.S.A.):
This is one of the most popular gift cards in the U.S. But suppose you want to use it outside America. In that case, you can’t use a Walmart gift card at any Walmart store in Canada or Mexico. Walmart has also stopped accepting Visa credit cards as a payment option in many international stores due to the high fees charged by Visa.
4. PayPal Gift Cards
The service already doesn’t allow many Nigerians receive money from Nigeria. PayPal gift cards are not accepted outside the United States either. They cannot be used by PayPal merchants outside of America. These prepaid cards can only be redeemed in U.S. dollars and used to make purchases from PayPal merchants within America only.
5. Starbucks Gift Cards (U.S.A.)
And finally, Starbucks gift cards are another popular choice for last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers. With the number of coffee drinkers in the world increasing, their demand has gone through the roof recently. Sadly, coffee drinkers outside of the U.S.A. may have to find alternatives to using Starbucks gift cards.
What To Do With A Gift Card Outside Your Region
You can do either of two things…
1. Find someone in the U.S.A and ask them to help make your order.
You might need to seek the assistance of someone who is in the USA to help use the gift card to make your order. This is the only way the gift card can be used and the item shipped to you.
2. Sell your gift card on an exchange platform:
With a platform like Cardtonic, you can sell your gift card in Nigeria at a reasonable rate.. You will receive your payment within thirty minutes of initiating the transaction and, depending on the demand, make a profit.
Owning a gift card that doesn’t work outside your region is not an excuse to waste it or give it away. As long as it falls under the category of gift cards on Cardtonic, you can always sell them at a reasonable rate and even get points for your transaction.