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With the holiday season coming to a close you all may be wondering what to do with those gift cards you received.

We all like the convenience that giving gift cards can bring. There are so many options out there these days that sometimes it is a bit overwhelming to decide what card to give. And sometimes the card we decide on may not suit the recipient’s lifestyle.

This is where comes in!

CardSwap was born out of founder Frances Ho’s struggle to get rid of her unused stack of gift cards.

At the CardSwap website you can sell, buy, or donate your unused gift cards. So, if you received a gift card to Tim Horton’s but it turns out you are not a big fan of coffee, you can sell your gift card to the CardSwap website and receive up to 92% cash back! How neat is that?

I bought two gift cards from CardSwap with the fifty dollars I was provided with to faciliate this review. I am so excited to feed my book addiction with my new Chapters gift card as well as purchasing some new clothes for my ever growing boys from Old Navy!

I found the CardSwap website very easy to navigate. If I was not sure of something, it was easy to find the answer in their FAQ section or by sending a quick email to their customer service centre.

To begin the process of searching for cards to buy I clicked on the “buy” link at the top of the page. Here you can search for cards by merchant, category, and availability. If a particular gift card catches your eye be sure to grab it quickly. I found that when I first browsed the website I had my eye on a certain card and when I went back the next day, it wasn’t available for purchase anymore. I wasn’t too disappointed though. There are so many choices that I ended up with the two cards I know I will definitely use!

To sell one of your unused gift cards, click on the “sell” link at the top of the website. The page that loads asks you what merchant the card is from, how much balance is on the card, and what your email address is. After you enter all of that information all you have to do is click on “receive offer” and CardSwap will make an offer to purchase your card from you. Now, I have not had the opportunity to sell a gift card yet but they seem to make the process quite simple. CardSwap even provides you with a free prepaid shipping label to mail the card to directly to them. Then, CardSwap will mail you a cheque within two business days of receiving the cards.

When you buy (or sell) a card on CardSwap you will earn what they call SwapPoints. SwapPoints are CardSwap’s way of rewarding you for using their service. You will notice that the website indicates how many SwapPoints you will earn when you purchase a particular card. Every card has a different SwapPoints value. You can earn, collect, and redeem these SwapPoints for gift cards or cash back! Once you reach a minimum of 1,000 SwapPoints, you can redeem them for your reward.

Personally, I think CardSwap is a fantastic idea and service! As my family lives in a remote area, much of the shopping I do for our family is online. Sometimes we receive gift cards that cannot be used until we go to an urban area. And travelling to an urban centre can take from 6-8 hours depending one where we are going. So, we do not travel often! CardSwap now gives me the option of being able to sell these unusable cards to get ones that we will be able to use online!

I received the two gift cards I purchased within a week of purchase. I was surprised how quickly they arrived. I know a few other people who received their cards within a few days of ordering. But they do not live as remote as I do. The only thing that surprised me was the packaging of the cards. They came in a plain white envelope with no return address. I thought it was junk mail. I am glad I took the time to open the package though. Otherwise, I would have thrown out my cards. I hope CardSwap changes their packaging to include their logo and address information on it so you know what you are receiving.

CardSwap is being extremely generous and wants to offer one of my reader’s a chance to win a $40 credit towards the purchase of a gift card from their website.

Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Entries will be checked for validity. This giveaway will end on Thursday, January 17th, 2013. The winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to confirm their win. This giveaway is open to Canadians only.

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Update – The winner has been contacted and confirmed. Thank you all for participating.

Disclosure – Complimentary products were provided by CardSwap for review purposes. All opinions expressed in the above review are honest and my own.

Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. Lee Pearson
    Lee PearsonReply
    January 3, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    I’ve just recently become aware of CardSwap and love it! There are gift cards for every store imaginable and it would be so hard to make a choice. Sephora recently showed up in our mall so I would love to get a Sephora gift card.

  2. Vesper2012
    January 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I would go for a chapters card

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  3. SleegsSkees
    January 3, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Chapters Indigo!

  4. Christine
    January 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Definitely Chapters Indigo! :)

  5. Cheryl
    January 3, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I used CardSwap last year and I was very happy with the entire process.

  6. Pd Reimer
    January 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I would love to win a Chapters gift card!

  7. gingermommy
    January 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    It is great to be ableto get rid of cards you do not want for those you do

  8. Shannon
    January 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I can’t believe how FAST I got my Mark’s gift card. Love the service.

  9. Angela Marriott
    January 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I would choose the Marks work ware house

  10. Rene Beaubien
    Rene BeaubienReply
    January 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Probably a GC to a local grocery store like Loblaws – practical to the bone!

  11. shannon b
    shannon bReply
    January 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    I would probably choose a winners gift card. Love that store.

  12. Sunshine G
    January 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM


  13. Freda Mans
    January 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I would get either a Tim Hortons or Boston Pizza card.

  14. Anne Taylor
    January 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    A Whitespot Card would be great!

  15. mongupp
    January 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    chapters indigo or tim hortons

  16. Shirley
    January 3, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Shoppers Drug Mart

  17. Lindsay Simmons
    January 3, 2013 at 6:37 PM


  18. Sydney D
    Sydney DReply
    January 3, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Walmart probably, or maybe chapters :)

  19. Michelle Chow
    Michelle ChowReply
    January 3, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Hello, insanemamacita. I would choose the gift card.

  20. Mag
    January 3, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Tim Hortons

  21. Glogirl
    January 3, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I would love to get a Walmart gift card.

  22. Alexandrina Marie
    January 3, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    I’d choose the HBC card. Thanks.
    Raffecopter name: Dreena

  23. Michelle B
    Michelle BReply
    January 4, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    I would choose a Walmart gift card.

  24. Brianne Hager
    Brianne HagerReply
    January 4, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    I would select a card for Lush when it is available (says ‘coming soon’).

    January 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    lcbo or shoppers drug mart!

  26. Andrew Pham
    January 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM


  27. Kat Esteridge
    January 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM


  28. Positively Pampered Patty
    Positively Pampered PattyReply
    January 4, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Great post. I think it’s a very cool idea to be able to swap your cards for so many different reasons and the main one would be location. I would love a Chapters Indigo card!

  29. Carmen Q
    Carmen QReply
    January 4, 2013 at 10:47 PM


  30. Marianne Rozak
    January 5, 2013 at 6:28 AM


  31. Kristi Renout
    Kristi RenoutReply
    January 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Canadian Tire.

  32. Donna Lee
    January 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM


  33. Jen M
    Jen MReply
    January 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM


  34. SueSueper
    January 5, 2013 at 7:23 PM


  35. Belinda McNabb
    January 5, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I would select a winners gift card

  36. Haylie L
    January 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    The Keg

  37. Sumit
    January 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM


  38. Lindsay C.
    January 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I would choose Canadian Tire.

  39. Cheryl Grandy
    Cheryl GrandyReply
    January 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    If I win, I’d pick a Canadian Tire gift card.

  40. Dianne G
    Dianne GReply
    January 6, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    If there was a Costco gift card available I would chose that card.

  41. JeannetteNL
    January 6, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    I think I would get a Canadian Tire card as you can purchase just about everything there now.

  42. Areta
    January 6, 2013 at 9:59 PM


  43. Erika E
    Erika EReply
    January 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    I would like the Keg Steakhouse gift card.

  44. John Gregory
    John GregoryReply
    January 6, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Futureshop giftcard

  45. Sarah Perry
    January 6, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Old navy :)

  46. Rebby Roberts
    Rebby RobertsReply
    January 7, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Boston Pizza

  47. Laurie Bolduc-Cadieux
    January 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I would choose the Walmart GC

  48. bub smith
    January 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    i would definitely choose a winners gc!

  49. Shari Goss
    January 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Tim Hortons of course!

  50. lori_r8
    January 7, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Would probably like the payless shoesource card as it seems we all need shoes at the moment!

  51. Rose
    January 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Canadian tire

  52. Canadian Dad
    January 7, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Tim Hortons! Not even close!

  53. Christy Martin
    Christy MartinReply
    January 7, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    A Shoppers Drug Mart gift card is always handy!

  54. Heidi C.
    Heidi C.Reply
    January 7, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I would love to get a Canadian Tire gift card for my hubby!

  55. Karla
    January 7, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I may choose Shoppers Drug Mart.

  56. Colleen Cole
    January 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    The Keg – there is one that just opened walking distance from my house!

  57. holly messana
    holly messanaReply
    January 8, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    i would choose a tim hortons

  58. Dayna Wilson
    Dayna WilsonReply
    January 8, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Sephora would be great!

  59. Jenn
    January 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM


  60. Jean Fisher Brinkley
    January 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Target, and if that’s not available, Amazon or Sephora!

  61. Mimi Smith
    Mimi SmithReply
    January 9, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Amazon gift card, probably.

  62. Stacey Dempsey
    January 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    either canadian tire or walmart would both be great for me

  63. Ana Smith
    January 10, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Probably amazon gift card.

  64. Kim Barrett
    Kim BarrettReply
    January 10, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Loblaws or Canadian Tire

  65. angela mitchell
    angela mitchellReply
    January 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I would chooses a Chapters card.

  66. Jennifer L.
    Jennifer L.Reply
    January 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    I would choose Chapters.

  67. andrea
    January 10, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    chapters, body shop or cineplex. something frivolous lol

  68. Ashley S
    Ashley SReply
    January 10, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    I would choose Bath and Body Works

  69. Serena
    January 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Tim Hortons!

  70. Stacey
    January 12, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Love this site!

  71. stacey h
    January 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM


  72. Katharine W
    Katharine WReply
    January 12, 2013 at 9:50 PM


  73. Yan Deng
    January 13, 2013 at 12:28 AM


  74. Mary Yaroscavitch
    January 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM


  75. Anna
    January 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Ooh, JCrew! Their stuff is too expensive for me to justify splurging on… but sooo pretty!

  76. Lori Bazan
    January 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Tim Hortons!

  77. Andrew Bazan
    January 14, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Canadian Tire

  78. Arjun Rudra
    January 14, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    The Apple Store

  79. Lesley
    January 15, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Either Amazon or the Keg!

  80. Amy Williams
    January 15, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Apple store

  81. Tammy Dalley
    Tammy DalleyReply
    January 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Id choose Tim Hortons!

  82. TheSavvySaverCA
    January 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM


  83. Kim G.
    Kim G.Reply
    January 16, 2013 at 12:05 AM


  84. Angela
    January 16, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    I would choose a Keg gift card – date night!!

  85. Bree
    January 16, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Chapters or Cineplex!

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