Gift Cards in Massachusetts Informative - Get Cash Back For The Odd Amount Left On A Gift Card.
MASSACHUSETTS -- A fact little known to Bay Staters: You *can* get cash back for the odd amount left on a gift card.
There are two types of gift cards, reloadable and non-reloadable. If a reloadable card has $5 or less left on the card, you may request to have the balance back in cash, and by state law the store must give you the cash. On a non-reloadable card, if the balance is 10% or less of the original amount, you can get it back.
Attorney General Martha Coakley invites any consumer who is turned away to call her office and let them handle it.
In a recent test, ten out of ten stores/chains failed to follow the regulations. Each got a call from good old Martha.