Perhaps my social circles are too narrow, but I’m yet to meet anyone who gives a damn about gift cards.
Simon Corbell on the other hand appears to care about them deeply and has again taken up cudgels on the issue.
“It is important that consumers know their rights and get maximum use from their gift-cards which should be treated like cash purchases.”
The ACT received 11 formal complaints and 22 enquiries in 2012 to date about gift cards, gift
vouchers or gift certificates. Most complaints related to the non supply of the vouchers or non supply of goods once a voucher was redeemed, while most enquiries related to the expiry date of the voucher or certificate.
Mr Corbell said the ACT Government had already done some significant work to reform the way gift-cards were regulated in the ACT and had made commitments during the 2012 election campaign to further this important work.
“The Government is considering a $5 cash-out option for cards with a face value of $50 or less, or 10% cash-out for cards with a face value of more than $50 to provide a fairer deal to consumers at a low cost to retailers,” he said.
“Consumers deserve to get value for money from gift-cards and some simple reminders and research can ensure that the maximum value of the card is enjoyed for purchases.”