Dec 26 2012
We’ve had many inquiries over time about purchasing from Evenfall Studios using gift cards, or if we accept gift cards for payment here at Evenfall Studios. The answer is two part. Yes, there are ways to fund your purchases from us with monies from gift cards, but we generally can’t process the cards themselves directly.
Here is an outline for how you can use gift card funds to purchase from us.
I checked with PayPal and they say that they can process gift cards that have a Visa, MasterCard, and American Express logo – You just enter the card into your PayPal account and click the gift card button. If it is usable by PayPal, it will go on file. When the balance on the card is gone, it will not be selectable in the list.
Here is the path: Login to PayPal. Click the My Account Tab / Profile / My Money / Debit and Credit Cards / Click Update.
This will get you to the screen where you can enter the gift card(s). The instructions are intuitive.
If the gift card has the Visa, MasterCard or American Express Logo, you can simply take it to either your bank or the issuing bank and ask for a cash advance on the card. There will be a processing fee associated with this transaction and you will be given the balance minus the associated fees. If you deposit that cash into an account with a debit card, or an account that is associated with your PayPal account, our website can process your order.
If you have received gift cards that are store or merchant cards, apparently some grocery stores will cash them for you for a fee, particularly if the card is part of the member network their gift card is associated with.
As a for instance, a local to us – west coast grocery chain called Safeway, apparently can convert Macys, Lowes, Walmart and some other merchant oriented gift cards to cash value minus associated fees. It has to do with the network the card is issued from.
If your local grocery chain offers this service, it may be best to call them and confirm in advance, because it depends on them and their affiliates as to whether they can offer this service. You may be able to redeem this “merchant branded” type of gift card for cash. Remember, your milage may vary.
In any case, most gift cards, whether bank or retailer issued will likely have a fee associated for cashing them, assessed by the cashing agent, so the cash value of the card will be less than the purchase value amount of the card. Once the gift card has been redeemed for cash, you are free to use it as you like. If you deposit that cash into an bank account with a debit card, or a bank account that is associated with your PayPal account, our website can process your order.
We process most orders in the Evenfall Studios Woodworks Store with PayPal and associated funding sources. If you are not a PayPal member, you can either sign up for PayPal, or our website can process your purchases using Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards, as well as debit cards with the same associated logos.
Should you prefer a paper transaction, or prefer to not do business online, we also take personal checks drawn on United States based banks in US Funds, and US Postal Service Money Orders. Please Contact Us should you prefer to use a paper transaction in advance of your purchase and we will help you with your purchase.
Either way you choose to purchase from us, there are no PayPal fees associated to you during your purchase from Evenfall Studios.
If you would like to purchase from us and have your purchase be a gift, we can help. We will happily drop ship any purchase to a third party if requested, and will send the purchase documentation to the buyer. We will keep the purchaser secret if desired and send the gift on to the recipient as requested. We have helped out similarly in many Christmas and Birthday scenarios. We are happy to help with surprises.
If you should have any further questions about gifts, cards, drop shipping, tools or woodworking, we enjoy your questions and comments! Please Contact Us.
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