Last Friday I was in a bit of a quandary...my boss decided he wanted to get 260 gift cards as holiday gifts for our employees. The first plan was to get prepaid Visa cards but, depending on where you buy those, can cost an additional $2 - $6 per card.(!) The added cost and immediacy of our needs made the prepaid Visa cards a no-go. Someone suggested Amazon gift cards. Imagine my surprise when I found that Amazon does not charge for gift cards (thank goodness) and that they could ship me 260 gift cards in less than 24 hours. What a life saver. Not only that but I overheard some employees talking about the gift cards and how everyone tends to give Starbucks gift cards. One person said: When I opened it and saw it was for Amazon I thought, Finally a gift card I will actually use.
I've read other reviews where people feel that if they are buying in bulk that they should receive a discount of some sort. I'm not sure I understand this thought process. Having an Amazon gift card is almost like having a prepaid Visa/Mastercard or Amex. True, you are limited to the items available on Amazon.com but you can get almost ANYTHING on Amazon.com. And you aren't charged the mysterious "service fee" that prepaid cards charge. So really, you are getting a discount by not having to pay the fee. Also once your balance gets low on prepaid cards they can be difficult to use. But with an Amazon.com gift card all of the money goes to your account whether you spend it all at once or not. No need to keep track of how much is left because Amazon does that for you.