Is my groupon voucher really expired?
March 30, 2012 1:46 PM Subscribe
Washington state law says gift certificates you buy can't have an expiry date. What does that really mean for the groupon, etc. vouchers I purchased that have expired?
posted by jacalata to Law & Government (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The merchant fulfilling a voucher I bought (actually from Tippr, but same kind of setup) told me I can't transfer my voucher to anyone else, which annoyed me and doesn't seem to be in the terms of sale. So I went to look up relevant law, and found the Revised Code of Washington on gift certificates
. It doesn't say anything about transferability but it does say
(5)(a) "Gift certificate" means an instrument evidencing a promise by the seller or issuer of the record that consumer goods or services will be provided to the bearer of the record to the value or credit shown in the record and includes gift cards.
(1) Except as provided in RCW 19.240.030 through 19.240.070, it is unlawful for any person or entity to issue, or to enforce against a bearer, a gift certificate that contains:
(a) An expiration date;
where the exceptions appear to be only if it is given away for free, or is issued by a 'cultural organisation'.
What am I missing? Could I just tell merchants that their vouchers aren't allowed to expire and I should always be able to redeem it for the full promotion? And would that be a jerk move, or just standing up for my rights under the law?