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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

We are closing down the Mercardi marketplace

For the last year it has been a privilege to serve you and your gift card needs. It's been an exciting journey for us and we hope we've served you well!

What does this mean for you?

For our marketplace consumers, after considering all options for the future of the Mercardi community, we want to recommend and endorse Plastic Jungle as the best way for you to buy, sell, exchange, and donate gift cards online going forward.

We'd be happy to address any questions or concerns that you might have regarding your orders. You can contact us at

For our nonprofit friends, Plastic Jungle's fundraising program is quite similar to our "Gift cards for Good" offering, and we are excited to facilitate your continued success. Please expect an email from us with more details.

Why Plastic Jungle?

Plastic Jungle shares our purpose of helping consumers unlock their gift card value and getting discounted gift cards into the hands of savvy shoppers. The PJ team is composed of experts in gift cards, payments, and marketplaces. And they have solid financial backing.

Most importantly, with Plastic Jungle, you will still receive excellent service and free shipping. All transactions on are guaranteed, and you will get the best value for your gift cards (they pay up to 92% of your gift card's unused balance!).

It's been a pleasure...

We feel incredibly lucky to have served each of you, and your future gift card needs are a high priority for us. Please do check out Plastic Jungle when you have a moment. In the meantime, take care and thank you so much for your business!

The Mercardi Team

Friday, August 13, 2010

Gift Card Giveaways for Friday, August 13, 2010

Got your rabbit's foot in your pocket? I hope so because we all know what day it is! LOL. But your luck is about to change, for below are links to some awesome gift card giveaways. You could easily be the lucky winner of some great gift cards.

Have a happy Friday, no matter what the date is!

I liked this one so much I entered it before I even shared it here with you! For the Mommas is giving away a $100 gift card to Carter's, where you will find some great kid's clothes. Carter's is also giving away a bunch of gift cards themselves. The link to their sweepstakes you will find at For the Mommas. This giveaways is also listed at Hoosier Homemaker.

Wow, Mommies really love gift cards, and they also love sharing them. Empowering Mommy is giving away a $50 Novica gift card, and this is one you won't want to miss. Novica sells only handmade products created by the artists listed on their site. There are some beautiful things, including jewelry. There are a bunch of ways to create multiple entries to this give away. Don't miss it!

Lo and behold, I have discovered the mother load! Here is a site strictly dedicated to blog giveaways! I am almost speechless!

The Mommy Files has listed a $40 gift card giveaway from 1-800-Flowers. Nice. Very nice.

I love Eighty MPH Mom. She has listed today a great gift card giveaway. Just take the Eucerin skin care pledge and you will be entered to win a $50 gift card from Sunglass Hut.

Free Grechen is a very cool blog. She has a list of gift card giveaways and other contest for women. This one is for a $100 gift card from Shop Bob. Just tell her what your favorite pair of celebrity jeans are and you are entered!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Gift Card Giveaways for Friday, August 6, 2010

Hello fans! Boy, what a week it's been. I have been busier than a one-armed paper hanger, how about you? Sock it to me baby, tell me all about your week and your plans for the weekend.

In the meantime, here's a wonderful list of gift card giveaways. Have fun signing up and good luck!

Life360 is giving away a $100 Amazon gift card every week. All you need to do is comment on any post on the blog and you are entered. The drawing is random, so get busy commenting.

Mommy PR is giving away a $20 iTunes gift card to one lucky person who visits Math Girl and writes a comment about it on the blog. Very interesting site for parents, both sites, that is!

Who knew Safeway had a delivery service? Thrifty NW Mom did, tried it, and reviewed the service on her blog. Now all you have to do to win a $50 Safeway gift card. Just comment on the blog, letting NW Mom know which number one product you would buy from Safeway and you have a chance to win. THIS ONE ENDS SUNDAY, AUGUST 8th, so get over there now and do your thing.

I don't know one woman who doesn't love perfume. This one is for you gals. The Find is giving away a $50 gift card to FragranceNet, a great place to get deals on your favorite summer smells. I am all over this one, so some smell good might be all over me!

Never let it be said that doesn't give equal time to the guys. Coupon Dad is giving away a $100 gift card to, an online design community where users can score designs, offer comments and critiques, and post about whatever is on their minds. Threadless is also an ongoing open call for tee shirt design submissions.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Gift Card Giveaways for Friday, July 30, 2010

Hey guys and dolls! It's Friday again and the weatherman in Texas is predicting 104 degrees for the weekend, ugh. That means you know who will be hiding away in the cool of the AC, cleaning house.

What about you? What are our plans for the weekend? I hope at least one of them is to take advantage of these great gift card giveaways, and also to buy and sell your unwanted gift cards at

Either way, have a great one, and stay cool!

One of the best things about posting these gift card giveaways every Friday is that I find sites I never knew of before. Here is a perfect example; Creative Fan. For web developers, webmasters, or just those who like keeping up with the newest trends in blogging and website design, these guys got it going on. This contest they are holding is proof! $150 gift card from CodemyConcept is up for grabs. If you are a geek, you will be having a cow right now, hurrying to get there. But for those of you like me who aren't so geeky, if you win this gift card you could get CodemyConcept to implement your next Wordpress blog.

Anonymous 8 is a very interesting blog and they prove it by being #3 at Top Mommy Blogs. They are giving away a $30 Target gift card, and there are 7 ways to win. Enter now!

Sweet and Savory Food is giving away a $40 CSN gift card. I would really like to have this one, there are so many things I need for my apartment. Enter now, there are 5 ways to win.

My SLC Mommy is giving away a $50 Staples gift card to help out with your back-to-school expenses. Hurry up and enter, can you imagine all the pens and paper you can buy for $50?

Our Friday gift card giveaway would not be complete without a Walmart gift card, so here we go! Go Green Street is giving away a $15 Walmart gift card just to tell what Febreze product you like best. Wow, that's an easy one, I love Febreze!

Mama Cheaps is giving away a $30 Amazon gift card. I love Amazon and there are several books on my to-buy list, so I am all over this one! All you need to do is become a friend on Facebook and you are entered.

This is extremely interesting! If you have a land line phone you could win gift cards and other prizes from Nielsen, a survey site that only ask your opinion on things that interest you to be entered. It's a great way to win gift cards and prizes for very little effort.

If you are Canadian or you are planning a trip to Canada in the near future, this gift card giveaway is a must to enter! It's for a $100 gift card to The Teahouse. The place looks scrumptious!

If you know of a great gift card giveaway or are holding one yourself please leave me a comment and I will cover it~!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Gift Card Giveaways for July 23, 2010

It's Friday! Yay! And that means the weekend, boating, swimming, beside the pool, cooking out, or just relaxing in the cool AC. And it also means another list of great gift card giveaways.

Here you go, and have a wonderful weekend!

This one's a biggie from Woman's Day. 10 lucky winners will receive a $125 gift card from TruGreen Lawn Care Service, the nation's biggest provider of lawn care. Fill out the entry form here.

Mommy Blips is giving away a $25 Target gift card. All you need to do is follow her on Twitter.

Thanks, Mail Carrier is in the business of giveaways exclusively, so be prepared to salivate when you click on the link to enter the contest for a $50 Amazon gift card giveaway.

Talk about salivating! A $25 Joe's Crab Shack gift card is up for grabs at Shop with me Mama. All you need to do is select your favorite item from the menu and comment, extra entries for Tweeting and liking on Facebook.

Mireyah Wolfe is a writer of urban fantasy, but this gift card giveaway is total reality! Ms. Wolfe is giving away a $50 gift card to CSN stores. Just fill out the entry form here.

Sweeties Sweeps has a link here to the big O's, (that's Oprah for those of you who don't live on planet earth!) Summer Sweepstakes Extravaganza where 100 folks will win $100 Land's End gift cards. I like those odds!

I really like this one. Vivala Blogette is giving away a $40 gift card to her shop, where you will find some very tasty stationary and greeting cards, high dollar and quite unusual.

I hope one of our readers wins, but whether or not you do you always win when you purchase discount gift cards or sell your unwanted gift cards to!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Even the Gift Card Industry has Scammers

And this handsome devil is one of them!

Here's what he did:

"A man reported to police that he purchased store gift cards for $1,000 from a man on Craigslist, but the cards had zero balances on them.
Officer Joseph Cox followed up with a local store and learned Beck bought the gift cards legally and then sold them to the victim, according to the police bureau.
After Beck sold them, he went back to the store and reported them stolen, police said, and the store immediately gave him new cards with original balances on them.
Because the cards sold to the man on Craigslist were reported as stolen, the victim couldn't use them, police said, and Beck was free to resell the new cards to others."

Read the rest of the article at Fox 12.

Just a fair warning, beware of who you do business with. In fact, rather than deal with what could be a shady character like the one above, if you want to buy discounted gift cards buy them from

Oh, and by the way, for those living in hot climates and are burning up from the heat, notice in the link above that the temperature in Portland, Oregon this morning is 54 degrees. That sounds heavenly, huh?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Congress Extends Transition Deadline for Gift Card Rules

With a resounding "Yay!" I post today about one of the smartest things Congress has done in a very long time. They passed the ECO-Gift CARD Act, which will avoid the destruction of over 100 million plastic cards, ensuring that consumers can access these cards during the busy holiday shopping season.

"The act extends the August 22nd gift card implementation deadline, as mandated by Federal Reserve regulations pursuant to the 2009 Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, to Jan. 31, 2011. This would allow the industry to sell existing gift cards, gift certificates, store gift cards and general-use prepaid cards produced prior to April 1, 2010."

This is a reason for celebration not just for retailers but for consumers as well. So let's raise a hearty cheer of "Great!!, knowing that we can shop this coming holiday season without interruption. At a time when we are having so many second doubts about the actions of government, it is really refreshing to run across news like this.

Here is the full article from