Holiday shopping survival guide: Discount gift cards

Holiday shopping survival guide: Discount gift cards

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Gift cards are a popular holiday present, but what if you could use discounted gift cards to buy the gifts you want to give?

There are websites that can help you do just that.

When people don't buy up gift cards at full value, sites like and will sell them to you at a discount.

“For me, it’s a purchase that I know I’m going to be making anyway, why not save a little bit more?” said stay-at-home mom and deal-hunter Ambria Newton.

Your gift card arrives in the mail within a week and you can use it right away if you buy it online.

Shopping expert Angela Davis warns not all discount card sites are legitimate and says shoppers should do their homework.

“What I suggest that people do is Google the name of the company or the name of the website and add the word ‘scam’ at the end,” said Davis. “Push enter and see what comes up.”

Davis says just like with regular gift cards, make sure to read the fine print before buying. Some discounted cards are for online use only; others are only for in-store purchases.