Gift card brands introduced a new activation method for gift cards to reduce theft. You know, anyone can work into a store and steal a lot of gift cards, which is similar to money in the real sense. But sadly for them, the gift cards will never work. Because every single gift card purchase has to be manually activated by the store.
When you go to the store, after payment, they activate the gift card on their system before it can be useful to anyone. If it is ecode, they are activated electronically once payment is successful.
So, some gift cards throw the error “Card is not properly activated” when you try to use them. This can be because the card is stolen, or the attendant at the store did not do it properly.
If the latter is the case, it’s simple, just take it back to the store where you purchased it from so they can activate it properly.