Gift card discounts like free money

Websites offer up to 35 percent off face value

ORLANDO, Fla. - If that holiday gift card you stuffed in the desk drawer isn't quite what you wanted, you can dump it for up to 92 percent of the face value.

Oh, and if you would like to buy a gift card below the full cash value, all you have to do is go online and start shopping.  You may end up getting those cards at a 35 percent discount.

Sites like, and offer various cards at a discount off the cash value.

Barry Rubin, a semi-retired businessman in Central Florida, has been scouting gift card websites for seven years, buying cash cards for everything from movies to retailers and restaurants.

"It's a wonderful idea," Rubin said. "It doesn't cost you anything and you're saving money every time you do it."

Rubin's wife, Leslie, says she picks the stores she frequents most and let's her husband find the gift card deals.

"For me, it's like free money," she says, "because we don't see a bill."

One of Rubin's favorite sites is . The website offers roughly 150 company gift card options all sold at a discount.

During an interview with Local 6 reporter Mike Holfeld in late December, Rubin started reading off  discounts from the site: "Calvin Klein 9 percent off, Callaway Golf 23 percent off, Applebees 8 percent off,  Ann Taylors 22 percent off , Build-A-Bear 10 percent off."

Rubin says the best discount deal he's found so far was a $500 Darden Restaurants gift card for $400.

"There's no charge for shipping, so I buy a $50 gift card for $45, I pay them $45 and they mail it to me," he said.

The gift card values vary from site to site.  There are no shipping fees, and no expiration dates.

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