Gift Card for store that closed

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by dahrjo, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. dahrjo

    dahrjo Mouseketeer

    Jan 23, 2006
    My DB bought my parents a $25 gift card to a local restaurant about a week before Christmas. I drove by the place last week and it was all closed up with for lease signs!!!:scared1:

    No one answers the phone of course. There is not another location.

    Are they just out of luck?

    We just didn't think it was fair that they let him buy it one week and closed the next.:confused3
  2. surfgirl

    surfgirl DIS Veteran

    Mar 6, 2001
    you are an unsecured creditor. just chalk it up to lesson learned... that's the peril of gift cards. (and why I was so leery of many of those great deals this year).
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  4. eclairemom

    eclairemom Mouseketeer

    Mar 3, 2008
    yup your out of luck. Sad fact is the employee's who sold it the week before Christmas probally didn't have any idea they were closing either.:scared1:
  5. disneyfreakk

    disneyfreakk <font color=blue>I sing Spongebob to my dogs</font

    Jul 7, 2004
    The only thing I can think of is if she purchased the gift card with a credit card (or even debit card) I would call and try to dispute the charges through her bank.

    Disputing rights is the one of the main reasons I buy everything with a credit card. :)
  6. daisyduck123

    daisyduck123 <font color=green>I just love those parmesan mashe

    Aug 18, 2005
    I have been afraid of things happening like that lately & was leery of giving gift cards this past I stuck mostly with giving cash, except for Starbucks gift card that we gave to DD14's teachers.
  7. dahrjo

    dahrjo Mouseketeer

    Jan 23, 2006
    I will check and see how he paid for it. Maybe he used a credit card and we can try that. I have a feeling he may have used cash, though.

    We didn't have any idea it was even thinking of closing, we were very surprised!
  8. snowgooseltd

    snowgooseltd DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 2000
    This year, with all the rumors of closings, we purchased AX gift certificates for everyone on our list. That way they can use the whole card or part of it anywhere that accepts AX. Because we're card holders, there was an offer, in late fall, for no fees and they even imprinted the person's name on the gift card for free. It was perfect! I was finished with my shopping in October and they were delivered to my house. I didn't even have to go out. Not quite the same feeling as the buzz you get with Christmas shopping but certainly easier and safer.
  9. ryanshana

    ryanshana DIS Veteran

    Nov 14, 2008
    Or even worst the employee did know about it and didn't care to say anything :headache:
  10. a1tinkfans

    a1tinkfans Spreading Some Pixie Dust Today!

    Aug 12, 2006
    I agree, worth a call!
  11. NMW

    NMW DIS Veteran

    Aug 8, 2004
    Even though I had not heard anything about the stores closing, we used our gift cards right away. My kids got large amount Hollister and Abercrombie gift cards from my parents and in-laws. We used them the day after Christmas. The crowds were bad but, there was still lots of merchandise left and lots of in store sales too. Both boys literally had 4 large, jam packed shopping bags each. My friend went a few days ago and most of the sale items were gone. I think it was worth the crowds. :goodvibes

    I do have a Macys card (a gift for me) that I have not used yet and I plan to get on that since I have heard about the Macy store closings.
  12. Jsme

    Jsme DIS Veteran

    Jun 5, 2005
    Wow as expensive as those 2 stores are they must have had a huge amount on their cards. We went in ours on the same day you did your shopping and my kids said they were not wasting their money in there. Wish we had better sales here.
  13. ntink

    ntink DIS Veteran

    Nov 24, 2005
    I second this. We bought DH's parents a restaurant GC, the restaurant was well established but closed up overnight and I disputed it with my CC and they said they would try to recover the $ but took the charge off for me.
  14. hoosiergirl7

    hoosiergirl7 Mickey is My Boyfriend

    Aug 31, 2006
    There are 11 stores closing and 2 of them are in the state you're in.

    Here's the list for those who want to know:

    Los Angeles, CA
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Westminster, CO
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Island of Hawaii
    Indianapolis, IN
    Brooklyn Center, MN
    St Louis, MO
    Natrona Heights, PA
    West Mifflin, PA
    Nashville, TN

    The problem for department stores is that malls are becoming a thing of the past. I avoid them if I can and prefer to shop at places where I can run in and run out without having to schlep through the mall. The big trend is kind of going back to the individual stores set up similar to a downtown setting where you go from one to the other on the outside. It also allows you to park go into one store with ease and then leave.

    As to a suggestion for the OP - I agree if DH payed for it with a credit card then dispute it. Also, I would replace the $25 gift card with another one. You don't want to leave them giftless.
  15. horseshowmom

    horseshowmom DIS Veteran

    Jul 21, 2000
    Me too, and it has definitely come in handy in the past! ::yes::

    Same with me. The only gift card I gave this Christmas was for Wal-Mart (and that was just the one).

    Me too. Also, it's gotten to the point that on the weekends many malls are full of kids/teens just hanging out and things are very crowded. It's not worth it to me to fight the crowds (and sometimes less than desirable behavior).
  16. JoiseyMom

    JoiseyMom <font color=orange>Have you had your SPANX today??

    Nov 5, 2003

    ITA. We went to the mall the same day. MIL was taking DD12 Chanukah shopping. We had never been inside those stores :scared1: . OMG...I would never call the clearance at Abercromie sales... DD didn't see anything she liked so we moved on to Hollister. Better I guess..DD got 3 things that cost about 70'ish total. I picked out for her the softest hoodie ever..but I don't think I would have picked it out if I was paying for it :rotfl: . can you shop in store that is very very dark, and very very LOUD!!! I found it very non condusive to browsing. And I love to browse, but if the stores don't make it comfortable..I am not shopping.

    We made out really well at Aeropostale. Wow..the sales there were great!! I have been back 2x since LOL. She is done though...she is ready for the winter season. She now has a new favorite store!!
  17. delmar411

    delmar411 DIS Veteran

    Jan 25, 2007
    Which Indy location? I have a $50 GC that I've been sitting on so I guess I'd better use it up! :sad2:
  18. mountdew1

    mountdew1 DIS Veteran

    Oct 30, 2007
    It's great for kids. Ever notice how many youngun's listen to their music real loud? Or sit half in the dark on their computer or tv? (The dark also helps to hide flaws in the clothing) They love it! (Gee, this post makes me sound old. : ( )
  19. peyton18

    peyton18 Mouseketeer

    Sep 17, 2007
    Lafayette Square mall location

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