News

Gift card warning over $450 million in unused vouchers

The State Government is asking people to use caution when purchasing gift cards as presents.
The State Government is asking people to use caution when purchasing gift cards as presents. Contributed

THE State Government is urging Queenslanders to check the terms and conditions of gift vouchers before buying the popular last minute stocking filler, to avoid getting ripped off and turning Christmas spirit to sorrow.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said people may not realise that many gift vouchers contained specific terms and conditions that limited how and when they could be redeemed.

"A gift voucher is a popular present but research shows up to 30 per cent of the estimated $1.5 billion spent annually on gift cards in Australia is never redeemed," Mr Bleijie said.

"Terms and conditions such as expiry dates, limits on minimum transactions and no provision to receive change if the recipient doesn't spend the full amount, contribute significantly to the waste.

Mr Bleijie said there were some simple things people could do to ensure their gift card brought joy this Christmas.

"You can also download the Office of Fair Trading's free smart phone app, BuySmartQLD, to help you keep on top of shopping issues and resolve any disputes," Mr Bleijie said.

Tips for buying gift cards:

  • Check if the gift card has an expiry date, and if so, how long that gives the recipient to use it.  
  • Ensure the expiry date is prominent on the card, so the recipient does not forget it.  
  • Check if the gift card has any limits on spending, such as if a minimum amount, or the entire amount, must be spent in any one transaction.  
  • Ask the trader if they give change for small amounts left on gift cards to avoid the recipient having to spend extra to redeem the full value.  
  • Be sure to ask for a written copy of the terms and conditions and include it with the gift card.  

>>Read more at the Office of Fair Trading

Topics:  business, christmas, vouchers


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Oh, the artworks you'll see at Moranbah kids' exhibition

CREATIVE YOUNGSTERS: Students Jessie Ferris and Hannah Peterson with their mini masterpieces to be displayed at the Moranbah Coalface Art Gallery.

Moranbah school students are looking forward to showing their art.

Marist students to share musical talents at SHEP

MUSICAL TALENTS: Adam Phillips, Reef Johnson and Elijah Horsfall from Marist College Emerald.

Marist students represent school at State Honours Ensemble Program.

Space event rocks Comet

News

SPACE event sparked concerns of a plane crash.

Local Partners

Things get UGLY as Kylie raises top total of $10k

KYLIE Ansford was left "gobsmacked” when she was named the regional winner of the 2016 UGLY Bartender of the Year for region.

Generations of Olives

OLIVE REUNION: Stewart, Les, Allan, Doug, Col, Kenny and Denis Oliver.

Olive descendants reuinte at Dingo.

Country kitchens successful

Renaye Gadsby (QCWA Country Kitchens Dietitian), Raymonda Hall (facilitator for Blackwater) and Fiona McKenzie (QCWA Country Kitchens program co-ordinator).

Blackwater's Country Kitchens program a success.

Oh, the artworks you'll see at Moranbah kids' exhibition

CREATIVE YOUNGSTERS: Students Jessie Ferris and Hannah Peterson with their mini masterpieces to be displayed at the Moranbah Coalface Art Gallery.

Moranbah school students are looking forward to showing their art.

Marist students to share musical talents at SHEP

MUSICAL TALENTS: Adam Phillips, Reef Johnson and Elijah Horsfall from Marist College Emerald.

Marist students represent school at State Honours Ensemble Program.

Space event rocks Comet

News

SPACE event sparked concerns of a plane crash.

Meet Central Queensland's pet of the week

Central Queensland Pet Rescue's pet of the week, Pablo. On September 29

Meet the newest member of the Central Queensland Pet Rescue family

Tee up for a good cause

FUNDS TARGET: Last year, Enwise Electrical raised more than $5000 for Bushkids with their golf day and the local electrical  company is hoping to do the same this year.

Show your support for Bushkids by signing up to it charity golf day.

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E3 - Which picnic date is better?

The Bachelorette Georgia Love, centre, with her top 11 bachelors.

Lee and Matt get some one-on-one time with Georgia.

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

Channel 9 orders second season of Doctor Doctor

Rodger Corser stars in the TV series Doctor Doctor.

RURAL medical drama finds a loyal following.

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state