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(Last Updated On: February 10, 2019)

Why Do Some Companies Pay Through Gift Cards?

Those that make money online will be very familiar with the idea of receiving payment through gift cards. Obviously, everyone wants money – and most likely want cash to get to them through PayPal or directly to their bank account – but it’s not so easy to do so. It can be expensive for them to do, or their may be restrictions with certain payment services that mean they’re not able to process payments through their platform.

The alternatives come with all kinds of complications that you can avoid with e-gift cards. It’s easy to head to an online retailer, buy one of their gift cards (at any time of the day) and then email the code to the user. Some of the most popular ones include:

  • Amazon
  • Google Play
  • Apple App Store/iTunes
  • Argos
  • Starbucks
  • Xbox

Should You Work for Gift Cards?

Cash is one of my favourite things, and nothing makes me happy like a boost to my PayPal balance. However, I see absolutely nothing wrong with gift cards. If you’re in a position where your online money making is funding your life – like paying bills – then I can understand why you wouldn’t want to receive payments in the form of gift cards.

So long as you’re accumulating gift cards for websites that you’re likely to spend money at, there’s nothing wrong with them. I’m always going to embrace every single Amazon gift card that comes my way, because (whatever the circumstances are) I’m going to end up spending money at some point in the next 7 days. The same goes for eBay. If I got payment in an iTunes voucher, I would have no use for it.

If you’re completely settled on using a particular get-paid-to website that pays out in gift cards, you have to accept whatever their payment method is. If you really need actual cash, you may need to find a different platform to make money online.

Can You Get Companies to Change their Payment Methods?

If you’re thoroughly against the idea of being paid through gift cards, contact the owner(s) of the site you’re using to earn extra money and let that know that you’d prefer if they looked into other options.

You’re more than likely not going to get a response unless you time it right and get other people to express the same sentiment.

Should you happen to be using a get-paid-to platform where you’re able to communicate with other users (or you know other users from elsewhere), get together and bombard them with messages. Strength in numbers and all that. Do it during a slow time (not when there’s some sort of promotion going off or anything, and you’re much more likely to get a response. Even if you don’t get any immediate action, you’re highlighting a pain point for them to consider.   

What Should You Do with Gift Cards You Don’t Want?

For those that are sitting on stacks of e-gift cards (or physical ones) that they don’t want, don’t spend for the sake of it. You earned that money and it’s not fair that you would have to force yourself to spend the money at somewhere like Marks & Spencer just because that’s what you have.

The best thing to do with unwanted gift cards is to head to Zeek. They are the number one marketplace when it comes to unwanted gift cards, and ensure that you’re able to get as much cash as possible for your unneeded vouchers. Some may want to sell their gift cards on eBay, Gumtree or other platforms, but it’s so easy for someone to say that the balance was £0, that it’s not worth your while.

With Zeek, you list the gift card, wait to for it to sell, and then wait for the money (with a little commission taken) to go straight into your bank account. Within 10 days of your gift card being sold, they’ll send that cash to you. Most of their gift cards sell within a few hours.


27 / Nottingham, UK. Trying these things since 2007. Writing about these things since 2014. Doing this full-time since 2018.